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National Student Nurses' Association, Inc.
Code of Professional Conduct

As a member of the National Student Nurses' Association, I pledge myself to:

•  Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct.

•  Actively promote and encourage the highest level of ethics within nursing education, the profession of nursing, and the student nurses' association.

•  Uphold all Bylaws and regulations relating to the student nurses' association at the

chapter, state and national levels, reserving the right to criticize rules and laws constructively, but respecting the rules and laws as long as they prevail.

•  Strive for excellence in all aspects of decision making and management at all levels of

the student nurses' association.

•  Use only legal and ethical principles in all association decisions and activities.

•  Ensure the proper use of all association funds.

•  Serve all members of the student nurses' association impartially, provide no special privilege to any individual member, and accept no personal compensation from another member or non-member.

•  Maintain the confidentiality of privileged information entrusted or known to me by virtue of an elected or appointed position in the association.

•  Refuse to engage in, or condone, discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, citizenship, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

•  Refrain from any form of cheating or dishonesty, and take action to report dishonorable practices to proper authorities using established channels.

•  Always communicate internal and external association statements in a truthful and accurate manner by ensuring that there is integrity in the data and information used by the student nurses' association.

•  Cooperate in every reasonable and proper way with association volunteers and staff, and work with them in the advocacy of student rights and responsibilities and the advancement of the profession of nursing.

•  Use every opportunity to improve faculty understanding of the role of the student nurses association.

•  Use every opportunity to raise awareness of the student nurses' association's mission, purpose, and goals at the school chapter level.

•  Promote and encourage entering nursing students to join and become active in NSNA.

•  Promote and encourage graduating seniors to continue their involvement by joining professional nurses' associations upon licensure as Registered Nurses. 

Adopted by the 1999 House of Delegates
Pittsburgh, PA at the 47th Annual NSNA Convention

References: American Society of Association Executives and the National Society for Fund Raising Executives.