Professional Roles & Values Project
Western Governors University
A. Functional Difference
Professional nursing organizations such as the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA)
function as an advocate for registered nurses at the state level. The Wisconsin Nurses
Assocation “works to protect, promote, and enhance the practice of professional nursing.”
(“WISCONSINNURSES.ORG,” n.d.) The WNA encourages members to follow the American
Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses, provides assistance with professional
development, and represents nurses at the state and national level. As a member of the WNA I
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provides the regulatory guidelines I need to follow as a RN practicing in Wisconsin.
B. Nursing Code Examples
The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics influences my practice as a nurse on a
daily basis. One provision from the Code of Ethics is that as a nurse I “practice with compassion
and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.”(“Code of
Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements,”n.d.) In my nursing practice I work with a
racially and culturally diverse group of patients with various levels of acuity. I follow the
provision by developing a rapport with the patient and their family while respecting their cultural
and religious beliefs. I research the religion and cultural beliefs of patients which are unfamiliar
to me. And I plan how I can incorporate that information into my daily practice. For example,
one patient’s cultural beliefs include no male caregivers and no pork products for meals. At the
beginning of my shift I check the nursing aid assignment to ensure the patient has only female
caregivers. And I call the dietary department for the menu options for the day and review them
with my patient to ensure she receives the appropriate meals.
Another provision from the Code of Ethics is that “the nurse promotes, advocates for
and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.” (“Code of Ethics for Nurses With
Interpretive Statements,”n.d.) In my nursing practice I protect my patients right to privacy and
confidentiality by monitoring cares performed by nursing aids. I ensure the patient is not
unnecessarily exposed during cares. Also, I ensure their privacy and confidentiality by frequently
reminding nursing aids not to discuss other patients when doing cares on a different patient or in
the employee break room. I also am careful to check who is on the list for release of information
prior to discussing sensitive patient information in a private area.
C. Professional Traits
A professional trait from the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics is respect.
According to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, nurses should practice “respect
for the inherent dignity, worth, unique attributes, and human rights of all individuals.” (“Code of
Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements,”n.d.) I demonstrate respect within an
interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals by listening without prejudice and judgement
to their recommendations.
Another professional trait from the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics is
confidentiality. According to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, “confidentiality
pertains to the nondisclosure of personal information that has been communicated within the