Community Principles

The College of Nursing Community Principles consists of six principles. Faculty members, staff and students who are members of the community of the College of Nursing are expected to accept and adhere to the obligations stated in the following six principles:

Principle 1: Respect the dignity and individuality of all persons

Students, faculty members and staff are expected to be respectful of one another and their right to learn, to work, to express themselves, and be treated with dignity at all times. Disrespectful behaviour such as discrimination, offensive language or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

Principle 2: Respect the rights and property of others

Students, faculty members and staff are expected to support the rights of all persons to move freely, express themselves appropriately, and to respect each others’ privacy. Compliance with the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is required by all students, faculty and staff. Theft, vandalism, misappropriation, malicious damage, desecration or destruction of property are unacceptable under the Principles.

Principle 3: Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and for one's personal, academic and professional commitment

Students, faculty members and staff shall fulfill all academic and professional responsibilities to the best of their abilities and be accountable for their own actions.

Principle 4: Contribute to a positive classroom, laboratory or clinical practice learning environment

Students, faculty members and staff are responsible for supporting and encouraging activities that promote teaching and learning. Unwarranted behaviours that may interfere with or disrupt any learning and teaching activity are not acceptable. 

Principle 5: Practice academic integrity

Students, faculty members and staff are expected to conduct themselves with integrity at all times. Dishonest behaviour such as plagiarism, cheating, and deceitfulness are unacceptable. 

Principle 6: Uphold the Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses where applicable

The Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is structured around eight primary values that are central to ethical nursing practice:

  • Safe, competent and ethical care
  • Health and well-being
  • Choice
  • Dignity
  • Confidentiality
  • Justice
  • Accountability
  • Quality practice environments

July 2016