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Title: A survey of registered nurses' perceptions of the code of professional conduct in Hong Kong
Authors: Chau, JPC
Lam, LW
Lui, MHL
Ip, WY
Chien, WT 
Lee, IFK
Thompson, DR
Keywords: Clinical
Nursing practice
Professional development
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Source: Journal of clinical nursing, Dec. 2010, v. 19, no. 23-24, p. 3527-3534 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of clinical nursing 
Abstract: Aim. To examine the perceptions of the code of professional conduct among practising registered nurses in Hong Kong.
Background. A code of professional conduct is intended to guide nurses in their practice and to ensure congruence with nursing goals and objectives. Such a code for nurses in Hong Kong has been in effect for two decades but, to date, no study has examined the perceptions of it among practising nurses.
Design. A survey of 320 practising registered nurses working in a hospital cluster in Hong Kong (mean postregistration experience = 11?8 years).
Methods. A questionnaire developed to assess nurses¡¦ perceptions of the Code of Professional Conduct devised by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.
Results. Providing safe and competent care, practising in accordance with the law and maintaining agreed standards were ranked in order as the three most important aspects. Safeguarding informed decision-making for patients who were mentally incapacitated or unable to speak for themselves, participating in continuing nursing education and raising objections to practices that compromise safe and appropriate care were considered the most challenging aspects to achieve in professional nursing practice.
Conclusions. To educate nurses to become more assertive in safeguarding patients¡¦ rights and to
ISSN: 0962-1067 (print)
1365-2702 (online)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03349.x
Rights: ? 2010 Blackwell Publishing. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Janita PC Chau, et al, A survey of registered nurses¡¦ perceptions of the code of professional conduct in Hong Kong, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Dec. 2010, v.19, no. 23-24 which has been published in final form at:
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