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The CNA Code of Ethics

The CNA code of ethics is a set of guidelines, rules and standards for the proper care of the patients. These standards are prescribed by the nursing authority, and these rules and regulations are obligatory to follow by all the CNAs while serving the patients. This article represents an outline of the CNA code of ethics.

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Importance of the CNA Code of Ethics

  • Helps restore health of the patients.
  • Eases sufferings of the patients.
  • Aids in preserving life of the patient.
  • Assists in maintaining and establishing professionalism and high standards.

The code of ethics for nurse aides is explained below:

  • Patient CareIt’s the duty of a nursing assistant to serve all the patients equally and provide equal care. A CNA should work towards improving the patient health. They should not treat the patient according to their race, age, religion, gender, medical condition. S/he is also responsible for addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual and social necessities of the patients.

  • Personal AppearancePersonal appearance of the nursing assistant is observed by the patient each day. Your hygiene and grooming should be at high level. Wear clean clothes and maintain a neat and clean environment. Your facial gestures and conduct also helps in early recovery of the patients. So, always have a smile on your face and calmness in your behavior.
  • Technically PreparedA nursing assistant should be technically prepared and must be attentive towards learning during in-service program to enhance and improve his/her technical skills.
    • Personal AccountabilityA  CNA should recognize his/her duties and responsibilities for all the actions and activities. They should not work under the effect of alcohol and drugs.Your personal accountability includes:
      • Show promptness
      • Arrive on time
      • Demonstrate honesty
      • Display reliability
      • Work with a team
      • Respect the colleagues
      • Maintain patient’s confidentiality
      • Follow the work-related guidelines
      • Exhibit professional behavior

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      They should follow the HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). The healthcare or nursing care professionals are not allowed to reveal the healthcare information of the patient to anyone. They can discuss the personal information only with the supervisors and caregivers, engaged in the care of the patient. All the information should be kept secured if the patient’s data or healthcare information is maintained on the computer. All the data including access codes, passwords and user names should be protected according to HIPPA.  You are required to inform the supervisor in case of breach of security.  A nursing assistant must not be involved in altering the patient’s record or falsifying it.

    • High Level of PerformanceA CNA must provide the services to the patients to the best of his/her ability. A healthcare professional must pay attention towards the safety and welfare of the patients. You are required to inform your supervisor in case the patient care doesn’t meet the desired excellence standards. Some other codes of ethics are given below:-
      • Address all the emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of the patients.
      • Be trustworthy to your patients.
      • Keep your own health good by practicing good health habits.
      • Pay attention to your own cleanliness and hygiene.
      • Be well-groomed while on the duty.
      • Provide the same level of nursing care regardless of race, religion and beliefs of the patients.
      • Show equal care and respect to all the patients.
      • Keep the personal information about the clients secured and confidential.
      • Be responsible and carry out your duties to the best of your ability.
      • Be communicative and cooperative with team members.
      • Show respect for the work done by colleagues.
      • If you are not qualified to perform a procedure, don’t do this. You should first discuss it with nurse-in-charge.
      • Never disclose your personal affairs and problems with clients.
      • Your first concern should be the safety and welfare of the patient.
      • Learn new skills and keep yourself updated with the latest patient care techniques.
      • You should be flexible and ready to accept the changes in assignment to improve the quality of client care.
      • A CNA should inform the nurse-in-charge or immediate supervisor if the patient’s safety is at risk. A complaint should be made. You can write a complaint to the director of the nurse if you don’t see improvement in the situation of the patient even after one week. You can take various steps to resolve the situation.
      • You should be loyal to your co-workers.
      • A nurse aide should be devoted to the patients and employer.
      • Never disclose your personal and health information and affairs with the patient.

It’s very important and crucial for the CNAs to follow the code of ethics in a proper manner to ensure that the patients obtain the best care.