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The Code of Ethics for Nurses

The International Code of Ethics (ICE) for nurses was first adopted by the adopted by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1953. It has been revised and reaffirmed at various times since then; most recently with a revision in 2012. General in nature, but specific in application, it is most suited to the special challenges faced by travel nurses. There has never been a Code specifically adapted for travel nurses in every specialty and/or in general or advanced practice that travel throughout the United States and throughout the world. This adaptation of the ICE helps make clear what has only been inferred before. Where reference is made to an individual in the Code, it also infers to family and community.

The need for nursing is universal. Nurses have four fundamental responsibilities: to promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health and to alleviate suffering. Inherent in nursing is a respect for human rights, including cultural rights, the right to life and choice, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age, color, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, politics, race or social status. Nurses render health services to the individual, the family and the community and coordinate their services with those of related groups.

Nurses and People

Nurses and Practice

Nurses and the Profession

Nurses and Co-Workers

* An adaptation of International Council of Nurses' Code of Ethics for Nurses, see http://www.icn.ch/