Nurses support human rights. Ethical, not political.

Nursing care is based on ethical principals such as justice,  beneficence-“doing good”, non-maleficence-“doing no harm”. Nurses support for human rights isn’t political, it’s ethical.  Nurses stand up for patient rights, even if it means crossing “red” or “blue” boundaries. That’s why we are nurses.


A few weeks ago (I know, don’t tell me it feels like months!), when the 45’s “Muslim Ban” was in full swing, Pamela Cipriano, the current President of the American Nurses Association, issued a statement that reads as follows:

“Nursing is committed to both the welfare of the sick, injured, and vulnerable in society and to social justice. The ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements establishes the ethical standard for the profession in its fervent call for all nurses and nursing organizations to advocate for the protection of human rights and social justice.Therefore, ANA opposes any action that erodes the human rights of people, and strives to protect and preserve the rights of vulnerable groups such as the poor, homeless, elderly, mentally ill, prisoners, refugees, women, children, and socially stigmatized groups.This underlying principle must be considered in light of the current Administration’s efforts to halt refugee admissions…

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  1. Vic Crain

    There shouldn’t be a tension between politics and ethics. However, it has existed throughout US — and human — history. There shouldn’t be a special need for nurses to defend ethics; every person should do that. The sadness is that we need people to step up because most people won’t.


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