Starting with the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in the 1970s until the release of the NSNA Core Values by the Board of Directors in 2015, NSNA members have been in the forefront of inspiring moral courage and demonstrating exemplary ethical conduct for almost five decades.
The 2015-16 NSNA Board of Directors took on the challenge of reviewing NSNA’s primary documents related to ethics and found that they all need a general review by the membership to ensure continued relevance today and in the future.
The NSNA Code of Ethics will combine the current 3 documents into one NSNA Code of Ethics with three distinct parts. The three documents include: The Code of Professional Conduct; the Code of Clinical and Academic Conduct; and the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Students of Nursing.
NSNA members discussed the Code at the MidYear Career Planning Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on November 10, 2016. Over 100 members and faculty participated. At the 65th Annual NSNA Convention, delegates will have an opportunity to discuss and vote on revisions to the Code.
Your input as Delegates and NSNA members during the Forum on Thursday, April 6, will help to bring to the House of Delegates a Code that addresses the current needs of nursing students for a strong and relevant Code of Ethics.