Certified Nursing Assistant Code of Ethics
Author: Thomas C. Weiss : Contact: Disabled World
Published: 2009-07-21 : (Rev. 2019-12-16)
Synopsis and Key Points:
An article presenting an outline of the Certified Nursing Assistant Code of Ethics.
A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). A CNA helps preserve life, ease patient's suffering and works toward restoring health to all.
Also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA) a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or a State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA), the individual who carries this title needs strong work ethic and ability, but issues of liability and legality prevent CNAs from performing certain procedures.
A CNA Should at All Times:
- Help preserve life, ease patient's suffering and work toward restoring health to all.
- Consider all needs including social, physical, emotional and spiritual.
- Be loyal to your employer, patients co-workers, and the facility in which you work.
- Practice good health habits in order to keep your own good health. Sound health habits include nutritious meals, sufficient rest and sleep , time for relaxation and recreation when off duty, and prompt reporting of any sign of illness. Periodic health check-ups are needed to prevent illness.
- Be neat and well-groomed at all times while on duty and pay attention to your own hygiene and cleanliness.
- Give nursing care on the same level to all patients regardless of their racial or religious beliefs. Show equal courtesy and respect to all patients.
- Keep all information about patients and families confidential when outside the facility.
- Carry out your duties responsibly and to the best of your ability. Be cooperative and communicative when working with others and show respect for the work done by others.
- Never perform a procedure or give a treatment you are not qualified to perform. Do not carry out a patient's request unless positive it is appropriate to do so. Always check first with nurse in charge.
- Never discuss your own personal problems and affairs with patients.
- Make the patient's welfare and safety the first concern.
- Care for your patients as taught to do so, be willing to learn new skills and update old ones.
- Be flexible and willing to accept changes in tasks and assignments which will improve the quality of patient care.
- If the patient's welfare and safety are in jeopardy by actions of other personnel, you are obligated to make this known. The complaint should be made first to your charge nurse. After one week, if you do not see a resolution to the situation, write your complaint and submit it to the Director of Nurses. You should be informed of steps taken to resolve the situation.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Badge
Responsibility in Resident Care
- Assist resident's to meet psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs
- Treated with dignity and respect
- Feel secure and recognized as individual
- Love and be loved
- Feel sense of accomplishment and good about themselves
- Follow personal beliefs
Fulfill Responsibility to Employer
- Reporting to work on time
- Reliably fulfilling assignments
- Notifying supervisor when ill
- Working as a team member
- Doing one's job to the best of his/her ability according to JOB DESCRIPTION
- Conserving supplies/equipment
Professionalism for CNA
Carrying out resident care in a manner that:
- Ethical and Competent
- Knowledgeable and Caring
- Committed and Giving of dignity
- Representative of high standards
- Professional behaviors or attitudes
- Skilled and caring when giving care
- Responsible, trustworthy, truthful
- Attending in-services, maintaining state certification
- Following chain of command and scope of practice
- Being a team player
- Asking for assistance if needed
- Being a mandated reporter
Ethical Behavior for CNA
Ethical Behavior for Resident Care
- Protect life and promote health
- Keep personal info confidential
- Respect each person as an individual
- Give care based on need, not gratuities
Ethical behavior for Work
- Working assigned shift
- Arriving on time
- Being absent only when necessary
- Notifying employer prior to necessary absences
- Following instructions within scope of practice
- Being loyal, flexible, and cooperative - a team member
Unacceptable behavior which may result in dismissal:
- Stealing or willfully damaging property
- Insubordination and neglecting duties
- Altering or falsifying records
- Working under influence of drugs/alcohol
- Dishonesty and breech of confidentiality
- Maintained by discussing personal info only with appropriate health team members at appropriate times and places
- Adhering to HIPAA guidelines (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which limits sharing of information without patient consent
- Discussing observations with nurse or physician
- Discussing resident's care while participating in team conferences or planning
Examples of Breeching Confidentiality
Discussing personal information with:
- Another resident
- Concerned friends or visitors
- Members of the news media
- Members of the CNA's family
- Persons in the community
- Health team members not directly involved with resident care
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