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CONFERENCE 2007 FEPI Placing Patient First Effective Nursing Regulation across Europe. CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT FOR EUROPEAN NURSING “Protecting the public and ensuring patient safety”. Prof. Máximo A. González Jurado. RN, PhD. CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT FOR EUROPEAN NURSING.

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Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

CONFERENCE 2007

FEPI Placing Patient First

Effective Nursing Regulation across Europe

CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT FOR

EUROPEAN NURSING

“Protecting the public and ensuring patient safety”

Prof. Máximo A. González Jurado. RN, PhD


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT

FOR EUROPEAN NURSING

Prof. Máximo A. González Jurado. RN, PhD

  • Degree in Nursing

  • Degree in Social and Cultural

    Anthropology

  • Specialized nurse in Medical and

    Surgical Care

  • Doctor’s Degree at the Madrid

    Complutense University

  • Full professor at the Madrid Complutense University

  • President of the Spanish General Nursing Council

  • Vice-President of the European Federation of Nursing Regulators (FEPI)

  • Former Vice-President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN)


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Table of contents

I. Reasons and objectives of this FEPI initiative

Main references of the new code

II.

III. Working methodology

IV. Key principles

V. Future actions


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Table of contents

I. Reasons and objectives of this FEPI initiative

II. Main references of the new code

III. Working methodology

IV. Key principles

V. Future actions


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Reasons for the initiative (I)

  • To help ensure the safety and protection of all those receiving nursing care throughout Europe in the framework of free circulation

  • To harmonize the principles of quality and equity when providing nursing care throughout Europe


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Reasons for the initiative (II)

  • To guide National Regulatory Bodies on the principles and values that shall inspire their National Codes of Ethics and Conduct

  • To inform patients and nurses about our common rules of ethics and conduct that European nurses shall respect


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Table of contents

I. Reasons and objectives of this FEPI initiative

II. Main references of the new code

III. Working methodology

IV. Key principles

V. Future actions


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Main references

  • European directives

  • Legislation on Patients Rights

  • Legislation on Human Rights

  • CEPLIS common values


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Table of contents

I. Reasons and objectives of this FEPI initiative

II. Main references f the new code

III. Working methodology

IV. Key principles

V. Future actions


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Methodology

  • FEPI working group

  • Consultation process with European regulatory bodies

  • Consultation process with European patients’ organizations

  • Consultation process with other health professionals

  • Public consultation process through FEPI website


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Methodology: Working Group

President: Dr. Máximo González (Spain)

Rapporteur: Mrs. Sandra Arthur (United Kingdom)

Members:

Mr. Alessandro Stievano (Italy)

Prof. Sonja Kalauz (Croacia)

Dr. Christiana Kouta (Cyprus)

Mrs. Lucilia Nunes (Portugal)

Dr. Theodoros Koutroubas (Belgium)

Dr. Katerina Koliva (Belgium)

Mrs. Mª. Teresa Monzón (Spain)

Mr. Francisco Corpas Arce (Spain)

Dr. Javier Sánchez Caro (Spain)

Mr. Rafael Lletget (Spain)

Dr. Rafael Pellicer (Spain)

Mrs. Judith Foley (Ireland)

Mrs. Liliana Lordache (Rumania)

Mrs. Christina Mackenzie (United Kingdom)

Mrs. Mireille Malafa (France)


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Methodology: Working Phases

  • Analysis of the common values for the liberal professions (CEPLIS)

  • Identifying the key principles for the new European code

  • Drafting and reviews

  • Endorsement of the text by FEPI General Assembly

  • Public hearing procedure

  • Presentation at FEPI Conference (Dubrovnik)


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Table of contents

I. Reasons and objectives of this FEPI initiative

II. Main references of the new code

III. Working methodology

IV. Key principles

V. Future actions


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

QUALITY AND EXCELLENCE

Patients can rely on the fact that National Nursing Regulatory Bodies have systems in place aimed at defining and supervising nursing education contents, regulations, as well as the quality of both education and practice required to be educated as a nurse and to continue practicing as such.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Patients have the right to expect that nurses maintain their competence throughout their professional career.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

HUMAN RIGHTS

Patients have the right to human dignity, which is the principle at the basis of human rights.

Human rights have the highest level of importance in this Code and all relevant human rights legislation applies, irrespective of nationality or country specific legislation.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

HUMAN RIGHTS

Patients have the right to be protected by their nurse and never be the victim of acts of torture, cruelty, abuse or other forms of inhumane or degrading treatment by a nurse.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE

Patients have the right to receive fair and equal access to quality healthcare and treatment, according to their needs.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

Patients have the right to expect that their nurse is honest and trustworthy, and will care for them with integrity.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

Patients have the right to expect that nurses will fulfill their duties, including relationships with them and others, to a consistent standard and ethos.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

INFORMATION

Patients have the right to expect that nurses will communicate with them and provide information and advice in an appropriate, clear and user-friendly manner.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

INFORMED CONSENT

  • Patients have the right to self-determination and free will and this includes the promotion and protection of their personal autonomy.

  • Patients have the right to decide whether or not to accept nursing care or to refuse to receive information, advice or care and that the nurse will respect this decision.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

CONFIDENCIALITY

Patients have the right to expect that any information they disclose is confidential between themselves and their nurses.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

CONFLICT WITH MORAL AND ETHICAL BELIEFS

In the event of conflict caused by deep moral, ethical or other beliefs arising from a request for nursing services, a nurse is encouraged to find a solution through dialogue with relevant parties such as the patient, employer, regulatory body or professional organisation.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

DELEGATION TO AND SUPERVISION OF STAFF

  • Patients have the right to expect that anyone providing nursing care to them is appropriately trained and competent to provide that care.

  • It is the responsibility of the nursing regulatory body to define the scope of delegation.

  • Nurses retain the ultimate accountability should they delegate tasks to another.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE

Patients have the right to expect that any nurse caring for them will be suitably insured in the event of any problems.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Key principles

COMPLIANCE WITH THE CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT

Patients have the right to expect high quality care from nurses through compliance with their code of ethics and conduct and all relevant legislation.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Glossary of terms

A glossary defines 56 terms included in the Code, which may give cause for concern or misunderstanding to readers from different countries.


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Table of contents

I. Reasons and objectives of this FEPI initiative

II. Main references of the new code

III. Working references

IV. Key principles

V. Future actions


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

Future actions

  • Presentation of the Code to the European Commission and to the International Council of Nurses (ICN)

  • Publication in the different languages of the

    countries of Regulatory Bodies

  • Adaptation of National Codes

  • Periodical reviews and updating


Conference 2007 fepi placing patient first effective nursing regulation across europe

“Proceeding honestly in favour of the dignity of mankind is the most important commitment for our short journey in this world”.

René Gerónimo Favaloro


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