The Code of Ethics outlines the first part of the Standards of Ethics. The Code of Ethics shall serve as a guide by which Patient Care Technician/Certified Nursing Assistants and applicants may evaluate their professional conduct as it relates to patients, health care consumers, employers, colleagues, and other members of the health care team. The Code of Ethics is intended to assist Patient Care Technician/Nursing Assistants to maintain high levels of ethical conduct and provide protection, safety, and comfort to the patients.
- The Patient Care Technician will conduct him/herself in a professional manner, responding to the patient's needs, and supporting colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care.
- The Patient Care Technician will act to advance the principle objective of the profession to provide service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of mankind.
- The Patient Care Technician delivers patient care and services unrestricted by the concerns of personal attributes of the natural disease or illness, and without discrimination based on sex, race, creed or religion, or socioeconomic status.
- The Patient Care Technician practices technology founded upon theoretical knowledge and concepts, user's equipment and accessories consistent with the purposes for which they were designed, and employs procedures and techniques appropriately.
- The Patient Care Technician assess situations; exercise care, discretions and judgment; assume responsibility for professional decisions; and act in the best interest of the patient.
- The Patient Care Technician acts as an agent through observation and communication to obtain pertinent information for the physician to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient and recognizes that interpretation and diagnosis are outside the scope of practice for the profession.
- The Patient Care Technician use equipment and accessories, and performs services in accordance with accepted standard of practice, and demonstrate expertise in minimizing exposure of the patient to any hazard situation.
- The Patient Care Technician practices ethical conduct appropriate to the profession and protects the patient's rights to quality nursing care.
- The Patient Care Technician protects the patient's right to privacy and reveals confidential information only as required by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or the community.