Ethical concerns in nurse life care planning practice are often complex and multidimensional and may or may not be addressed in laws and professional ethics codes.
Codes of ethical practice educate and inform professionals about sound ethical behavior, while mandating a minimal standard of practice. The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2001) provides the framework for ethical nurse life care planning practice. The Code includes explanations and specific examples are provided for each of its nine provisions.
Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements affirms that all nurses, including nurse life care planners, have an ethical obligation to practice with integrity, competence and accountability. The AANLCP Code of Ethics and Conduct was created by a group of nurse life care planners as an additional guide to core values and obligations of nurse life care planning.
1. The nurse life care planner dose not discriminate against any person based on age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religious beliefs or practices, social or economic status, lifestyle choices, functional status, health status, or disability.
2. The nurse life care planner maintains competency in nursing practice and nurse life care planning practice.
3. The nurse life care planner demonstrates high standards of professional conduct in delivering nurse life care planning services.
4. The nurse life care planner safeguards privacy rights.
5. The nurse life care planner assumes responsibility and accountability for professional action, opinions, recommendations, and commitments.
6. The nurse life care planner provides professional services with objectivity.
7. The nurse life care planner participates in the advancement of the profession through participating in and promoting mentorship, collegiality, education, and ongoing knowledge development.