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ANA Code of Ethics The American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Code of Ethics provides a pathway for nurses to use to aid in ethical analysis and decision-making. It is a non-negotiable standard code that all nurses should know and follow. There are 9 provisions identified in the Code of Ethics, and two in particular that relates directly to continuing education, staying current with practice, and personal and professional growth.Provision 5 in the Code of Ethics states that the nurse owes the same duties to self as to others including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth (ANA, 2001). Provision 7 states that the nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions of practice, education, administration and knowledge development (ANA, 2001).
ANA Code of Ethics and Continuing EducationPros: ●Competency●Expands knowledge and nursing skills●Guides better decision making●Professional and personal growth●Current best practiceCons:●Time commitment●Financial commitment
ConclusionTeam Purple’s position on mandatory continuing education is indifferent. Some are for mandatory continuing education and some are against. Some feel that education done on the job is sufficient enough.
ReferencesAdvisory Committee on Interdisciplinary-Based Linkages (ACUCBL). (n.d.). Continuing Education, Professional Development, and Lifelong Learning for the 21st Century Health Care Workforce 11th Annual Report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Congress. Retrieved June 14, 2019, from Ainsley, J., & Francis, K. (2011). Mandatory continuing professional education: What is the prognosis? Collegian, 18, 131-136. Retrieved June 18, 2019, from (11)00019-9/pdfAmerican Nurses Association. (2001). Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. Retrieved June 23, 2019,
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