Effective Date: June 2015
Status: Revised Position Statement
Written By: ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights
Adopted By: ANA Board of Directors
Nurses have a duty to care for patients and are not at liberty to abandon them;
however, nurses are challenged to thoughtfully analyze the balance of professional
responsibility and risk, including moral obligations and options, in order to preserve
the ethical mandates in situations of risk to the nurse or profession.