ANA Responds to Recent Negative Portrayals of TV Nurses Who Violate Nursing Code of Ethics

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At a time when the entertainment industry is perpetuating inaccurate portrayals of nursing in the new television shows "Nurse Jackie" and "HawthoRNe,"  The American Nurses Association's (ANA) ethics books are especially relevant to all registered nurses (RNs). The fictional nurses are shown violating the nursing Code of Ethics by participating in activities ranging from on-the-job drug use to inappropriate nurse/patient contact in these shows. The very heart of nursing is mischaracterized as nurses are portrayed engaging in irresponsible and often criminal acts for entertainment purposes. ANA sets the ethical standards for nurses in the U.S. and internationally with its highly respected Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, and is deeply concerned about the lasting impact these negative portrayals may have on the nursing profession.

ANA has done extensive work in the area of health care ethics, recently publishing three books that will provide a framework for ethical decision making in all areas of nursing practice:  

  • Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application
  • Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and A Vision
  • Genetics and Ethics in Healthcare: New Questions in the Age of Genomic Health