Nursing and Genetics: Applying theAmerican Nurses Association's Code of Ethics

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A professional code of ethics is essential for behaviors to be reinforced in any discipline. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has established a code of ethics for nurses to use as a framework for making ethical decisions with all aspects of health care delivered to the public. With the explosion of genetic discoveries, nurses and clients are facing new ethical dilemmas. It is important for nurses to understand how to use theANA Code of Ethicswhen faced with the many complexities of ethical issues involving genetics and health care. This article illustrates how theANA Code of Ethicscan be applied in nursing practice to establish professional behaviors related to ethical issues and genetics.

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