1. Nursing Responsibilities:
We believe that nurses have a responsibility to create a safe patient environment, to respect the privacy of the patient, to give accurate information in matters relating to health and care. They should be obliged to provide quality patient care to the best of their expertise and act as the patient’s advocate. Nurses have the authority and autonomy to make nursing decisions and are also accountable for nursing practice including delivery, supervision and direction of nursing care as a responsibility of a registered nurse.
2. Knowledge and principles:
We believe nursing recognizes the need to contribute to the advancement of nursing knowledge through research to operate within a code of ethics, to set standards of practice and to promote the competence of individual nursing professionals. Nursing is both an art and a science and this is evident in the application of scientific knowledge and principles, in the assessment of patients’ needs, in the development and implementation of a care plan and in the evaluation of patient and family responses.
3. Care, Counselling, and Culture
: We believe that nursing includes holistic care. This includes emotional support, counseling, reassurance and education to the family. The standard of nursing care should be regardless of the socio-economic status, religious beliefs and cultural notions of the patient and while working collaboratively with other health care professionals, nursing plays the central role in the delivery of health care to the community.
4. Advanced and Dynamic Nursing Profession:
Nursing is a dynamic and evolving profession that provides a unique service to the patients and their family. The profession demands the creation of a climate that encourages the development of healthy behaviors, promoting the restoration of optimal functioning and assistance in coping with irreversible illness or impending death. Nursing has an obligation to influence legislation, which affects the development of the profession and practice of nursing. The advancement of the nursing profession will be possible only in a climate of continuous improvement of the quality of nursing care and professionalism of nursing practice.
5. Nursing for the Patients and Their Families:
The family plays an important role in the recovery process of the patient and should be educated and encouraged by the nursing staff to become actively involved in the patient’s plan of care, during hospitalization following the discharge while the Patients have the right to expect safe, competent individualized nursing care, throughout the time spent in the hospital.
6. Leadership & Goals:
We believe continuing towards higher education is essential for the promotion of professional nursing and the establishment of nursing leadership. The Department of Nursing Services is responsible for assuming a leadership position in defining the role of professional nursing in Pakistan and in creating a model of nursing excellence, which may be emulated in Pakistan and throughout the region. The Department of Nursing Services must support and contribute to the definition of the philosophy, goals, objectives and policies of the organization.
7. Rights of Nurses:
Nurses have the right to practice in a safe work environment, to stated job performance expectations, regular feedback and performance appraisal also expecting a job satisfaction, the prospect of promotion and professional advancement opportunities.