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The icn code the icn code of ethics for nurses has four principal elements that outline the standards of ethical conduct elements of the code 1 nurses and people the nurses primary professional responsibility is to people requiring nursing care in providing care the nurse promotes an environment in which the human rights values customs and spiritual beliefs of the individual family . The code of ethics for nurses defines all the rules and principles you should use both in your practice and in general in your life to safeguard the health of your patients and individuals in general during those long work hours. The code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements is copyrighted by american nurses association ana unless otherwise indicated all rights are reserved by ana and content may not be reproduced downloaded disseminated published or transferred in any form or by any means except with the prior written permission of ana copyright infringement is a violation of federal law subject to criminal and civil penalties. In 1953 the international council of nurses icn adopted a code of ethics for nurses that was used by nursing associations in many countries to form the foundation for their own ethical standards of practice the latest edition of the code adopted in 2012 is now undergoing a revision and this brief article describes the purpose of the current code and some vital issues that need to be . The guide to the code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements development interpretation and application 2nd edition is an essential resource for nursing classrooms in service training workshops and conferences self study and wherever nursing professionals use anas code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements in their daily practice