The Association of Registered Nurses of BC

CNA Code of Ethics Review
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is undertaking a review of a draft Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. ARNBC is seeking your feedback on this draft document. Comments from B.C. RNs, NPs and stakeholders to the survey questions below will be collected and forwarded to CNA for their consideration in finalizing the revisions to this draft.

Feedback will be collected until 4:30pm on April 26, 2017.


The current 2008 CNA Code of Ethics describes a set of values and principles that guide and support the practice of registered nurses.

CNA has identified that the intent of the revisions is to ensure that the code of ethics remains reflective of societal changes and the current needs of nurses in their practice. As part of the ongoing evolution of the Code of Ethics, CNA's refreshed version is intended to be more responsive to the full nursing family, including licensed practical nurses, and has been retitled to Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to reflect this.

Proposed Changes:

  • Broader inclusion of the nursing family (i.e., registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed practical nurses/registered practical nurses [ON]) and a new title to reflect this broader inclusion to the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.
  • The seven primary values in Part I: "Nursing Values and Ethical Responsibilities" have not changed.
  • The nature of the revisions in Part I and Part II include the following:
    • Inclusion of LPN in update of references.
    • Update and inclusion of new terminology and definitions; e.g. "interprofessional teams" instead of "interdisciplinary" and "intersectoral".
    • Inclusion of wording to reflect use of the code by nursing regulatory bodies.
    • References to updated models; e.g., updated Oberle and Raffin Model.
    • New definitions in the glossary; e.g. ethical (or moral) agen.
    • Values for formal nurse leaders.
    • New content related to medical assistance in dying including reference to CNAs National Nursing Framework on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada (2016).
    • Additional information on advocacy in Part II.

Review the document.