Clarification Regarding the CNA’s Draft Code of Ethics
CLPNM registrants are advised to exercise caution when reading and interpreting recent announcements made by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in relation to its draft Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. There is one code of ethics for Manitoba’s practical nursing profession; it is the CLPNM Code of Ethics.
CNA advises on its website that licensed practical nurses are currently involved in consultations on its revised code of ethics. While the CLPNM generally supports and encourages inclusive approaches, it is concerned that the CNA’s statements, and the title of the consultation draft, may result in confusion for practical nurses about the role of the CNA and about the authority of its revised code of ethics.
CLPNM registrants are advised to review any messages about the CNA code of ethics in the context of the following information:
- The CNA is not a regulatory body. It has no authority to establish professional standards for Manitoba’s practical nurses, nor to hold Manitoba’s practical nurses to any standards it creates.
- The CNA’s website advises that it is “the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada.”
- The CNA does not list licensed practical nurses among its members.
- All of Canada’s practical nursing regulators have established codes of ethics for their registrants.
- Regulators’ codes of ethics are professional standards, to which their registrants are held accountable.
- The CLPNM cannot confirm if the CNA’s draft code of ethics is consistent with the ethical standards to which Manitoba’s practical nurses will be held accountable.
- The CLPNM has no plan to replace its own Code of Ethics with the CNA’s document.
CLPNM Code of Ethics
All CLPNM registrants (licensed practical nurses, graduate practical nurses and student practical nurses), in all roles and settings, are expected to understand, uphold and promote the ethical standards of the profession. The six ethical standards for the practical nursing profession are:
- People-centred approach: nurses empower and enable people to maintain, promote and protect their health and well-being.
- Compassionate, safe, ethical and competent care: nurses are committed to providing quality, compassionate, safe, ethical and competent care.
- Ethical management of personal health information: nurses manage the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information.
- Collaboration with the health care team: nurses encourage and support collaborative, comprehensive and integrated health care.
- Professional integrity and conduct: nurses act with integrity and are mindful of their professional conduct.
- Professional responsibility and accountability: nurses, as members of a self-regulating profession, are responsible for knowing the Code of Ethics, are accountable for their actions and decisions, and are answerable to the CLPNM for their practice.
Please review the full Code of Ethics for the specific responsibilities that accompany these ethical standards.
For more information, please watch the following video:
Note: the new Code of Ethics replaces both the former LPN and SPN Codes of Ethics.