Code of Ethics

Background

An international code of ethics for nurses was first adopted in 1953. It has been revised and reaffirmed at various times since then; most recently with a revision in 1999. General in nature, but specific in application, it is most suited to the special challenges faced by Nurses. There has never been a Code specifically adapted for travel allied healthcare professionals in every specialty and/or in general or advanced practice who travel throughout the United States and throughout the world. This adaptation of the ICN Code for Nurses helps make clear what has only been inferred before. Where reference is made to an individual in the Code, it also infers to family and community.

Preamble

The need for health care is universal. Thus, health care is provided without prejudice. That is, the allied health care professional treats all persons of whatever nationality, race, creed, culture, gender, politics or social status as humans to be respected and cared for equally. Respect for human rights, including the right to life, to dignity and to be treated with respect is intrinsic to the healthcare professional/patient relationship. Allied healthcare professionals render health services to individuals, families and the communities and coordinate their services with those of related groups. The Code has five principle elements that outline the standards of ethical conduct.

Allied Healthcare Professionals and People

Allied Healthcare Professionals and Practice

Allied Healthcare Professionals and Co-workers

Allied Healthcare Professionals and Employers

* An adaptation of International Council of Nurses' Code of Ethics for Nurses, see http://www.icn.ch/