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Ethical Practice

The nurse demonstrates an understanding of ethical practice by applying ethical principles and values, and incorporating knowledge from College practice standards and relevant legislation.

The nurse:

4.01  Lists the College’s ethical values as outlined in the Ethics practice standard.

4.02  Describes the ethical value related to Client Well-Being as outlined in the Ethics practice standard.

4.03  Identifies the legislation related to the use of restraints.

4.04  Outlines the nursing responsibilities related to the use of restraints (e.g., the principle of least/minimal restraints, the use of different types of restraints, etc.).

4.05  Applies the College’s decision-making process when determining whether to discontinue nursing services.

 

4.06  Identifies the three conditions under which discontinuing nursing services may not constitute professional misconduct.

4.07  Identifies that there is employment-related legislation relevant to refusing assignments and discontinuing nursing services.

4.08  Describes the ethical value related to Client Choice as outlined in the Ethics practice standard.

4.09  Defines key terms related to consent as per the Consent practice guideline (e.g., continuing power of attorney for property, power of attorney for personal care, spouse, substitute decision-maker, plan of treatment, treatment).

4.10  Identifies the major features of the Health Care Consent Act, 1996 as it relates to consent.

 

4.11  Identifies when consent to treatment is required under the Health Care Consent Act, 1996.

4.12  Identifies the key elements of informed consent according to the Consent practice guideline.

4.13  Identifies the major features of the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 as it relates to consent.

4.14  Identifies the hierarchy of substitute decision-makers.

4.15  Describes the ethical value related to Privacy and Confidentiality as outlined in the Ethics practice standard.

 

4.16  Describes the nurse’s responsibilities in relation to client confidentiality and privacy.

4.17  Identifies the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 is the key piece of legislation governing health care information privacy in Ontario.

4.18  Identifies information that may be considered to be personal health information.

4.19  Articulates the conditions under which personal health information can be collected, used and disclosed (may include reference to the related Standard Statements).

4.20  Describes the ethical value related to Respect for Life as outlined in the Ethics practice standard.

 

4.21  Describes the ethical value related to Maintaining Commitments as outlined in the Ethics practice standard (to clients, oneself, nursing colleagues, the nursing profession, team members/colleagues, quality practice settings).

4.22  Describes the ethical value related to Truthfulness as outlined in the Ethics practice  standard.

4.23  Describes the ethical value related to Fairness as outlined in the Ethics practice standard.

 

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