Synopsis: Published: 2009-07-21 (Rev. 2014-10-21) - An article presenting an outline of the Certified Nursing Assistant Code of Ethics. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Disabled World at Disabled World.
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). 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.
"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."
An article presenting an outline of the Certified Nursing Assistant Code of Ethics. Help preserve life, ease patient's suffering and work toward restoring health to all. Help preserve life, ease patient's suffering and work toward restoring health to all.
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.
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Responsibility in Resident Care
Assist resident's to meet psychosocial, spiritual, & cultural needs
Treated with dignity & respect
Feel secure & recognized as individual
Love & be loved
Feel sense of accomplishment & 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
Professionalism for CNA
Carrying out resident care in a manner that:
Ethical & Competent
Knowledgeable & Caring
Committed & Giving of dignity
Representative of high standards
Professional behaviors or attitudes
Skilled & caring when giving care
Responsible, trustworthy, truthful
Attending in-services, maintaining state certification
Following chain of command & 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 & 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, & cooperative - a team member
Unacceptable behavior which may result in dismissal:
Stealing or willfully damaging property
Insubordination & neglecting duties
Altering or falsifying records
Working under influence of drugs/alcohol
Dishonesty & breech of confidentiality
Maintained by discussing personal info only with appropriate health team members at appropriate times & places
Adhering to HIPAA guidelines (Health Insurance Portability & 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:
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