Personal Code of Ethics
Susan M. Ferrito, RRT
Prepared November 2002
As a healthcare provider and educator I believe it is imperative to work and live by a set of ethical principles. A professional is identified by certain characteristics: possesses advanced knowledge, master of particular skills, serves the needs of others, and conducts him/herself in a conscientious manner. Values are born during formal and informal educational processes and continue to develop throughout various life experiences. A code of ethics should not be constructed as a one-time project and then stored out of sight. Rather, it should be displayed prominently as a statement of what is valued by the individual. As a professional I believe it is my responsibility to provide a statement of my guiding principles to those I serve. One of the convictions of my code of ethics is that this is a living document, meaning it will be assessed from time to time throughout my career to ensure its relevance and to make modifications when necessary.
The basic tenets of my code are:
d Lifelong learning
d Ethical conduct
I acknowledge the following principles to represent my personal code of ethics.
1. I will endeavor to protect the welfare and respect the rights of all individuals without discrimination.
2. I will constantly strive to conduct myself in a manner that demonstrates integrity and reflects positively on the professions I represent.
3. I am committed to maintaining proficiency within the scopes of practice of respiratory care and adult education, completing tasks following established professional guidelines, and making decisions using critical thinking skills.
4. I am dedicated to broadening my knowledge and skill base through continuing educational activities and critical reflection of experiences in education and healthcare to nurture my lifelong educational journey.
5. I will strive to promote teamwork among colleagues, appreciating the diverse knowledge brought by each person, and be involved in peer review processes.
6. I will recognize the unique potential of each learner and attempt to evaluate his or her performance in a just and unbiased manner.
7. I will protect the privacy of all individuals unless in doing so may bring harm.
8. I pledge to be dependable, to comply with policies and procedures, and be responsible for my actions.
9. I will promote healthcare education in the community and serve the healthcare needs of patients of all ages.
10. I am committed to the professions of respiratory care and adult education and will seek opportunities to promote these fields.
11. I will attempt to encourage dialogue, seeking suggestions and constructive criticism and discuss concerns in a professional manner.
12. I pledge to work and live in a truthful and honest manner and will not participate in illegal or unethical acts.
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Prepared by: Susan M. Ferrito, RRT