If there is Patient’s bill of rights, nurses are no exception to that. Nurses have also rights in practicing his or her profession to avoid misconduct or abuse from any patient. Usually, some patients violate the rights of a nurse because they are not aware of those. However, ignorance to the facts is not an excuse, because if someone ignores a fact, he or she does not actually changing that fact. Here is the nurses’ bill of rights according to the American Nurses Association:
1. Nurses have the right to practice in a manner that fulfills their obligations to society and to those who receive nursing care.
2. Nurses have the right to practice in environments that allow them to act in accordance with professional standards and legally authorized scopes of practice.
3. Nurses have the right to a work environment that supports and facilitates ethical practice, in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements.
4. Nurses have the right to freely and openly advocate for themselves and their patients, without fear of retribution.
5. Nurses have the right to fair compensation for their work, consistent with their knowledge, experience and professional responsibilities.
6. Nurses have the right to a work environment that is safe for themselves and for their patients.
7. Nurses have the right to negotiate the conditions of their employment, either as individuals or collectively, in all practice settings.
If one of the above mentioned rights is violated, the person who committed violation shall be held liable in a law suit which is punishable by the law.