Upon graduation, nurses are expected to uphold professional standards, guidelines, and principles from the American Nurses Association (ANA). It’s paramount for nurses to understand how important it is for their safety andthe safety of the patients they are caring for in their working environment. Otherwise, they could face loss of licensure.
The threat of losing a nursing license is a devastating situation. Nurses are accountable for their actions to the patient. They must deliver care safely, know their scope of practice, and address situations beyond their competency. The goal is to provide care that results in best patient outcomes. Nurses can spend a lot of money for schooling and many hours of learning, only to lose their nursing license in an instant.
Nurses are responsible for the care they deliver to their patients, as noted in the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. Given this information, why do nurses not follow theCode? Why don’t managers hold nurses accountable for the incorrect actions they perform? Why don’t nurses understand the severity of placing their license in jeopardy?
Nurses are being overworked, including assignments with a high acuity of patients, and some lack experience; this can . . .