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
3. Nurses have the right to a work environment that supports and
facilitates ethical practice, in accordancee with the Code of Ethics for
Nurses and its 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 their patients.
7. Nurses have the right to negotiate the conditions of their employment,
either as individuals or collectively, in all practice settings.
Adopted by the ANA Board of Directors: June 26, 2001
Disclaimer: that this is an ANA consensus but “does not necessarily reflect the rights embodied in state and federal law”.
8. Nurses have the right not to be abused in any form by physicians, pharmacists, administrators or nursing directors. Any abuse that occurs should be delt with in a professional and inpartial manner by the nurse’s employer.
9. Nurses have the right not to be exploited and abused by being floated to areas of practice that they are not familiar with.
10. Nurses have the right to refuse any assignment that they feel is unsafe. Such as when a nurse is assigned a patient load he/she feels is unsafe. A nurse is assigned to work in an area of nursing in which he/she is not familiar. A nurse knows that equipment/supplies are inadequate or not available.