Code of Ethics for the CRNA: Overview and Resources
This code establishes the ethical standards for the nurse anesthesia profession and guides the certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) in ethical analysis and decision making in daily nurse anesthesia practice.
What is the Purpose of the Code of Ethics?
The Code of Ethics serves the following purposes:
- Sets forth the ethical values and responsibilities of the individual CRNA and the profession of nurse anesthesia as expressed in broad principles of conduct and professional integrity.
- Expresses the nurse anesthesia profession’s understanding of its commitment to society.
- Applies to CRNAs in all practice roles (e.g., clinical practice, nurse anesthesia-related leadership, education and research activities).
- Serves as a resource to the AANA Board of Directors in reviewing and acting upon complaints of professional misconduct against members of the AANA.
What are the Topics Covered in the Code of Ethics?
The Code of Ethics has several expanded sections, including the preamble, ethical responsibility as a professional, and ethical responsibility in research. Topics covered include:
- Responsibility to patient
- Responsibility as a professional:
- Competence and responsibility in professional practice
- Clinical practice and the interdisciplinary team
- Role modelling and education of others
- The profession
- Responsibility in research
- Responsibility in business practices
- Responsibility when endorsing products and services
- Responsibility to society
- Code of Ethics for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
- Informed Consent for Anesthesia Care, Policy and Practice Considerations
- Reconsideration of Advance Directives, Practice Guidelines and Policy Considerations
AANA Journal Articles Related to Ethics
- Use of Personal Electronic Devices by Nurse Anesthetists and the Effects on Patient Safety, April 2016
- Back to Basics: The Important of Patient Respect, October 2015
- Does Moral Distress Differ Between California Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in Independent Versus Medically Supervised Practice: An Exploratory Study, June 2015
- Palliative Sedation in Nursing Anesthesia, April 2013
- Moral Distress in Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: Implications for Nursing Practice, February 2011
- Patient Privacy and Social Media, August 2010
- The Medical-Legal Quandary of Healthcare in Capital Punishment: An Ethical Dilemma for the Anesthesia Provider, December 2008
- Just Following Orders, February 2005
- Just Following Orders, December 2004
- CRNA Awareness and Experience with Perioperative DNR Orders, June 2000
- Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions Concerning the Do-Not-Resuscitate Patient Undergoing Anesthesia, June 1994
- Ethics and Nurse Anesthetists - Part II, April 1983
- Ethics and Nurse Anesthetists - Part I, February 1983
AANA NewsBulletin Articles Related to Ethics
- AANA Updates: Code of Ethics for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, January 2019
- The 10 Steps to Success as a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist, July 2017
- The Importance of Infection Control during Anesthesia and Resources to Improve your Practice, May 2017
- The Power of Balance in the Aspiring Nurse Anesthetist, January 2016
- The Foundation to Build the Right Team, November 2015
- Personal Mobile Device Use in the Operating Room, May 2012