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Professional Ethical Practice

Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing

​​Standard 5: Professional Ethical Practice

The registered psychiatric ​nurse understands, upholds and incorporates the profession’s Code of Ethics into their professional practice.

A registered psychiatric ​nurse:

  1. Practises with honesty, integrity and respect, demonstrating the ethics, standards, principles, guidelines and values of the profession.
  2. Applies the Code of​​ Ethics in all areas of their practice.
  3. Identifies the effect of their own values, beliefs and experiences in relationships with clients, recognizes potential conflicts, and takes action to prevent or resolve them.
  4. Applies ethical and legal considerations in maintaining confidentiality in all forms of communication.
  5. ​Supports the human, legal and moral rights of clients, including the right to make informed decisions and the right to live at risk.