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Refusal to Care

Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements states:

"The nurse in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems." (ANA, p. 1)

During the nursing curriculum, nursing students will spend time in the clinical setting. Nursing faculty will supervise students during their clinical rotations and ensure students are not functioning beyond their scope of practice or level of knowledge. Nursing faculty will assign (or assist in the selection of patients) that will reinforce and allow the student to relate theory to practice. As a result students will be exposed to many diverse patient situations. The student may be assigned, therefore, to a patient with whom he/she may have some moral or personal conflict.

American Nurses Association (2010). Code for nurses with interpretive statements. Silver Springs, MD.

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Updated September 2011