By Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
Nursesare hardworking professionals doing all the ‘dirty jobs’. It is not easy to become one. Thus, we deserve a justifiable pay for our work.
ElsieTee, RN,RPh,PhD, Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) governor for Region 11 and chair of the board of governors said there are some government hospitals that under employ nurses while some (or most) private hospitals pay very low wages.
Tee discussed the Code of Ethics for Nurses last November 21 during the CPD Seminar at the Mahogany Room of Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
She said ethics is defined as the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group. The discipline deals with what is good and bad behavior. It is also a branch of philosophy dealing with what is right or wrong, she added.
Tee said code is a set of laws or regulation; a set of ideas or rules about how to behave.
In the scope of nursing, particularly RA 9173, or more known as Philippine Act of Nursing 2002, a person shall be deemed to be practicing nursing within the meaning of this Act when he/she singly or in collaboration with another initiates and performs nursing services to individuals, families and communities in any health setting.
The scope of nursing practice includes but not limited to nursing care during conception, labor, delivery, infancy, child-hood, toddler, preschool, school-age, adolescence, adulthood and old age.
As independent prac-titioners, Tee said nurses are primarily responsible for the promotion of health and prevention of illnesses.
Also, she said as members of the health team, nurses shall collaborate with the health care providers for the curative, preventive and rehabilitative aspects of care, restoration of health, alleviation of suffering and when recovery is not possible, towards a peaceful death.
Among the code of good governance on specific principles are service to others, integrity and objectivity, pro-fessional competence, solidarity and teamwork, social and civil respon-sibility, global competitiveness, and equality to all professionals. “All professionals are equal and therefore every one shall treat other professionals with respect and fairness.”
The Philippine Nurses Association Davao City Chapter celebrated the nurses’ week since November 20. It will be concluded tomorrow, November 24. This is the 37th year that PNA Davao has existed.