The Code of Ethics for St. Anthony’s Memorial Home Care dedicates to maintaining thehighest possible level of public confidence in the care that we provide and in our businesspractices. Clinical decisions, including care and services, are based on identified patient healthcare needs. All persons involved in the direction and delivery of care provided by the home careservices department shall perform their duties according to the values as stated in the Code ofEthics.
I have chosen respect, honor, and honesty as my three parts to my Code of Ethics for myorganization for all employees. First, respect is the framework for any organization. Building and maintaining trust andrespect are vital. As children, we learn to respect our parents and the property of others.
This is avery important lesson to teach your child. The best way to teach respect is to show respect.When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand howimportant it is. Respect is an attitude.
Being respectful helps all of us to succeed in life. If there is norespect for peers, authority, or self-respect, it is almost impossible for anyone or any organizationto succeed. It is our responsibility to teach others how to be respectful and unless we start athome, it is unlikely that it will show anywhere else. As a health care organization, confidentiality is a major ethical issue.
This requires thatall employees must control information and not disclose to others any information unless it isnecessary in the performance of hospital duties. Some information may be perceived as sensitiveand thus should be shared with only those who are given permission by the patient to know oruse in patient care. Information that employees obtain or hear about the care or conditions ofpatients is confidential and there have been many employees that have been terminated fordisclosing this information. 1 Secondly, honoring the wishes of patient is the responsibility of the health care provider.We as nurses should remember that even though a treatment decision may be clinically sound,the decision may not be ethically justified. Ethical decision-making is not considered separatefrom the nursing process, but, rather, a building block on which every nursing decision andaction is developed. The nurse is the patient’s advocate.
As a patient advocate, the nurse assists the patientand family in interpreting information from other health care members. The nurse offersadditional information that the patient needs to make decisions about health care. This assistancemay include explanations, concerns, and complaints about the implications of the patient’s healthcare. Evaluating the patient’s outcome is one of the nursing processes. If a problem isdiscovered, a plan is developed and implemented.
Third, honesty in the verbal or written form is personal values that the employee freelychooses and serves as the foundation for the development of personal or professional values.The employee may sometimes have difficulty balancing personal and professional values.Ethical codes represent standards for ideal behaviors.
However, the Codes do not tell theemployee the exact actions to take in specific ethical situations. The patient’s chart is a legal document. Documentation is one of the most importantresponsibilities of all health care providers. It is a means of communication in recording factualinformation about a patient’s status and the care provided. The courts may scrutinizedocumentation in the event of a lawsuit that questions the quality or level of care a patient did ordid not receive.
In conclusion, the Code of Ethics that I have developed for my organization will beposted, distributed and discussed with every employee. St. Anthony’s Hospital wants them tounderstand that respect, honor, and honesty will be expected from them as they continue their 2 employment in our department. They will be expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines, bothin practice, and in spirit, and perform their duties according to the code of ethics, as outlined inthe provided appendix, as we provide our patients with high quality home care services.