RNs and LPNs Working in Non-Traditional Settings

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The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses states nurse:

  • The nurse practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.
  • The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
  • The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.
  • The nurse has authority, accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions; and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care.
  • The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.
  • The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.
  • The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.
  • The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
  • The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.


In accordance with the Code of Ethics for Nurses, the intent of this statement is to provide guidelines for RNs and LPNs working in non-traditional settings. The nurse’s role must be consistent with professional standards as developed by the nursing profession, the scope of practice as defined in the Law, and the rules promulgated by the Board of Nursing. All licensed nurses have a responsibility to ensure optimal patient safety and welfare.

The Ohio Revised Code 4723.16 recognizes the ability of a Registered or Licensed Practical Nurse to deliver professional nursing services through various forms of business entities other than the more traditional venues.

The nursing care delivered in non-traditional settings should reflect knowledge of current scientific principles and competent clinical skills. Additional training and certification may be required for the type of work being performed, i.e. law office consultant, IT professional.