Health care professionals are held to ethical standards of conduct related to commitment, confidentiality and relationships. Professionals have personal accountability and moral obligation to all patients, employees, employers, organizations and the public. They should practice the profession with honesty, integrity and accountability. Health care professionals must maintain the level of competency as outlined in their profession’s Standards of Practice.
Professional ethics includes respecting all laws and avoiding involvement in any fraudulent or deceptive activity. Health care workers should promote the right of privacy for all individuals and protect the maintenance of confidential information. In addition, they should aid in the professional development and advancement of colleagues. Health care professionals should have a primary commitment to the health, safety and well-being of patients. In any instances of incompetent, illegal, unethical or impaired practice, professionals must take appropriate ethical actions. Professional ethics strives to promote a culture that encourages the reporting of events that may result in actual or potential harm to patients or others.