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Faith and Ethics, Covenant and Code: The 2015 Revision of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

Fowler, Marsha D.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000419
Feature: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: How does and should the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, with foundations from the late 1800s, impact today's nursing practice? How can the Code help you? The earlier 2001 Code was revised and became effective January 2015. The nine provisions received modest revision, as did the corresponding interpretive statements. However, Provisions 8 and 9 and their interpretive statements received more substantial revision. This article explains the Code and summarizes the 2015 revisions, considering points of particular interest for nurses of faith.

Marsha D. Fowler, PhD, MDiv, MS, RN, FAAN, served as colead writer (with Col. Martha Turner, PhD, RN), and “Historian and Code Scholar” on the 2015 revision of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. She is senior fellow and professor of ethics, spirituality, and faith integration at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California.

Conflict of Interest: The author was colead writer of the 2015 ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, and wrote Guide to the Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements and Guide to Nursing's Social Policy Statement recommended in this article.

Accepted by peer-review 4/3/2017.

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