The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is undertaking a review of a draft Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. We are seeking your feedback on this draft, which could potentially replace the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (CNA, 2008) endorsed by CARNA in 2008. Comments from Alberta RNs, NPs and stakeholders will be collated and forwarded to CNA for their consideration in finalizing the revisions to this draft.
The final draft code of ethics will be brought to the CNA board for approval. CARNA’s president is a member of this CNA board. Once the final draft has been approved by the CNA board, CARNA Provincial Council will then decide whether or not to endorse this version of the CNA’s code of ethics, in compliance with the Health Professions Act. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) has indicated to CARNA that they will not adopt CNA’s revised code of ethics.
Feedback will be collected until 4 p.m. on May 1, 2017.
Thank you for taking the time to review and provide feedback on this important document. If you have any questions, please contact Debra Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed changes to the Code of Ethics as outlined by CNA:
The current 2008 CNA Code of Ethics describes a set of values and principles that guide and support CARNA regulatory processes and the practice of registered nurses. CARNA position statements, standards and guidelines align with the values and principles of the code of ethics. The CARNA Practice Standards for Regulated Members state that: “The nurse complies with the Code of Ethics adopted by the Council in accordance with Section 133 of Health Professions Act and CARNA bylaws (CARNA, 2012)”.
As part of CNA’s initial broad national stakeholder consultation on this revised draft Code of Ethics in the fall of 2016. CARNA provided internal operational feedback and our comments were considered. CARNA is accountable under the Health Professions Act to ensure that all members and stakeholders in Alberta have the opportunity to review and give feedback on a proposed code of ethics.
CNA has identified that the intent of the revisions is to ensure that the code of ethics remains reflective of societal changes and the current needs of nurses in their practice. As part of the ongoing evolution of the Code of Ethics, CNA’s refreshed version is intended to be more responsive to the full nursing family, including licensed practical nurses, and has been retitled to Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to reflect this.