icn code of ethics for nurses in australia. A statement of the ethical values, responsibilities, and professional accountabilities of nurses, the newly revised Code of Ethics for Nurses was released today by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Since its inception in 1953, the Code has been utilized as the benchmark by nurses all over the world.
In her capacity as head of the ICN, Annette Kennedy made the following statement:
By releasing the new Code on Global Ethics Day, we hope to draw attention to the ways in which the nursing profession is evolving, the difficulties that nurses currently face, and the ethical quandaries that COVID-19 has exposed.
The revised Code, used as a standard by nurses in making decisions, emphasizes the need to safeguard nurses and give them the tools they need to provide excellent care to all patients.
Four main components provide a framework for ethical conduct in the 2021 revised edition: nurses and patients or other people requiring care or services; nurses and practice; nurses and the profession; and nurses and global health. The Code also includes charts to help nurses apply the guidelines.
The realities of nursing and health care in a dynamic society necessitate periodic reviews and revisions to the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses. Before the 2021 version was translated into Spanish and French, it was thoroughly reviewed by an Expert Steering Group, ICN Board members, and ICN staff. On Friday, the Austrian (sterreichischer Gesundheits und. Krankenpflegeverband), German (DBfK Bundesverband), and Swiss (International Council of Nurses) national nursing associations will release a German translation of the ICN’s official publication (Schweizer Berufsverband der Pflegefachfrauen und Pflegefachmnner SBK ASI).