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Code of Ethics

For registered psychiatric nurses

​The Code of Ethics is a set of guidelines that articulates an acceptable set of behaviours for registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).

The Code of Ethics articulates the ethical principles and values that guide all members of the psychiatric nursing profession. It sets out the f​ramework for professional responsibility and accountability while promoting high ethical standards in practice and providing a benchmark for RPNs to use for self-evaluation. Through the Code of Ethics, RPNs uphold the values of:

  • Safe, competent, and ethical practice to ensure the protection of the public;
  • Respect for the inherent worth, right of choice, and dignity of persons;
  • Health, mental health, and well-being; and,
  • Quality practice.​

Download the Code of Ethics for RPNs

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With great respect, we acknowledge that BCCNM’s office is located on the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking peoples - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.​