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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.

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We acknowledge the rights and title of the First Nations on whose collective unceded territories encompass the land base colonially known as British Columbia. We give specific thanks to the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking Peoples the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), on whose unceded territories BCCNM’s office is located. We also give thanks for the medicines of these territories and recognize that laws, governance, and health systems tied to these lands and waters have existed here for over 9000 years.

We also acknowledge the unique and distinct rights, including rights to health and wellness, of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from elsewhere in Canada who now live in British Columbia. As leaders in the settler health system, we acknowledge our responsibilities to these rights under international, national, and provincial law.​