Human rights and nursing codes of ethics in Canada 1953-2017.

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Human rights are foundational to the health and well-being of all individuals and have remained a central tenet of nursing's ethical framework throughout history. The purpose of this study is to explore continuity and changes to human rights in nursing codes of ethics in the Canadian context. This study examines nursing codes of ethics between the years 1953 and 2017, which spans the very first code in Canada to the most recently adopted. The historical method is used to compare and contrast human rights language, positioning and descriptions between different code editions. The findings suggest there has been very little change in how human rights have been included within the Canadian nursing codes of ethics. Furthermore, we consider how changes within the nursing profession have influenced the authority of codes of ethics and their ability to support nurses in carrying out ethical obligations specific to human rights. Finally, the impacts and implications of these changes are discussed concerning the protection of human rights in today's healthcare landscape in Canada.


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Name: Nursing ethics
ISSN: 1477-0989
Pages: 969733020906606


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