Code of Professional Behavior and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
Welcome Message from Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby,
Chief Nursing Officer
It is an exciting time to be a nurse or midwife here at HMC. Since the launch of HMC’s Nursing Strategy in April 2013 we have made significant investments in professional development. In support of our efforts to build the foundation of a world-class nursing service we are making changes to the way in which we recruit, pay, educate, organize, lead and integrate nurses into our hospitals and clinics. I sincerely thank you for your enthusiasm in embracing our transformation.
In continuing this work we are now turning our focus to enhancing public trust and confidence in our profession. In order to undertake our professional roles as nurses and midwives we must have the trust of the public and we must maintain a high standard of behavior in both our professional and personal lives. We must be respectful, honest and act with integrity and we must embrace our patients as true partners. Explicitly stating the standards and values that underpin the nursing practice here at HMC is an important element of enhancing public trust and confidence in our profession. The Code of Professional Behavior and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives provides the public with a basis for making decisions regarding standards of professional conduct and it provides us, as nurses and midwives, with guidance on appropriate professional behaviors and standards. While I’m confident you are already embracing these values, it is important that we pause to consider their importance and also that we respect the privileged relationship that exists between us and our patients.
We appreciate your feedback and welcome your views on this launch event and on the Code of Professional Behavior and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Your opinion will help us plan for future professional development events and refine the Code. Please take a few minutes to complete the feedback form.