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Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

Although often used synonymously, accountability and responsibility retain different meanings and actions within the healthcare community. These differing values are also synonymous with success. Issues of responsibility and accountability are addressed daily within medical offices, outpatient facilities, ancillary services, and hospital settings. Healthcare Administrators, Senior Leadership, and middle management must recognize and support the importance differences that are stepping-stones to quality outcomes. Ideas are then interpreted.

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According to American Nurses Association's (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, "The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse's obligation to provide optimum patient care" (American Nurses Association, 2001). This code establishes a nonnegotiable ethical standard for the nursing profession, and it demonstrates nurses' accountability and responsibility to the public, other members of the health care team, and the profession overall.

Nursing relies on the ANA code daily to uphold ethical obligations while providing safe and competent care. in addition to the core activities of perioperative nursing care, nursing personnel must ...

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The ANA code is explicated.

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