Personal code of ethics
Guido describes ethics as “a process of determining right conduct from wrong” (para 2, p. 3). My personal view of ethics is along the same lines as this and has been instilled in me my entire life. My code of ethics includes respect for myself and others; honesty in my endeavors, graciousness in both my personal and professional lives, and accountable for my actions. I use nonmaleficence and beneficence in every aspect of my life. I also strive to honor the proverbial do unto others as they would do unto me.
Character and values that have a positive impact
After reviewing my personal ethical code, how is this part of my professional ethics code? According to America Nurses Association (2001), the nursing code of ethics tells us that “the nurse’s primary commitment is to the recipient of nursing and health care services, the patient, whether the recipient is an individual, a family, a group, or a community” ((Primacy of the Patient's Interest, para. 1). I believe that nursing is a profession that requires an unbiased approach and openness found in no other profession. As nurses we are fully responsibility for the care of our patients. As I have learned through my years of nursing practice, nurses must learn to put ourselves in shoes of the patient and integrate into our plan of care what we think is best for him or her yet respect the wishes and rights of each individual when doing so.
Strengths and ethical aspirations
I have been a nurse for 16 years and I believe this has strengthened my professional ethical code. I essentially have learned how, when the need arises, to separate my own opinions and ideas from those of the patients if their beliefs are not my personal beliefs to be there holistically for my patient. For example, when caring for a patient who is a Jehovah’s Witness and they refuse a blood transfusion that...