NAPN is a not-for-profit organization uniting nurses who seek excellence in nurturing for all, including the unborn, newborn, disabled, mentally and or/physically ill, the aged and the dying.
Beginning in 1973, when abortion was accepted as a legal alternative to pregnancy, healthcare professionals have been confronted by an ever-increasing number of morally challenging life issues.
The list of ethical dilemmas continues to grow: in vitro fertilization, cloning, fetal experimentation, organ donation and transplantation, nutrition and hydration, patient rights, certain sterilization practices, looming rationing of medical resources, assisted suicide and euthanasia, and stem cell research with its promise of advances in the treatment of disease.
No one is more affected by these morally challenging issues than the nurse and the pressure to utilize unethical techniques and practices in the care of patients is increasing. Through a united, educational, professional organization such as NAPN, nurses can, in good conscience, deliver the best possible patient care while preserving, protecting and defending respect for human life.
Nurses Prayer for All Life
For those of us who are motivated by a respect for life as created in the image and Likeness of God our Creator, we offer this reflection:
Creator God, whose crowning glory is the creation of man in your image and likeness, we ask that you bless our efforts to foster a respect for that life from creation until natural death in our profession of caring. Grant that we may be successful in protecting that life and in our goal to create a Culture of Life in all.
Marianne Linane, RN, MS, MA
As a Professional Organization, NAPN seeks to establish and protect ethical values of the nursing profession by:
· Defending nursing and para-medical personnel from discrimination and/or job loss for refusal to participate in practices which violate these values.
· Demonstrating concern for those facing difficult choices involving life-taking decisions by education and promotion of positive alternative choices.
· Seeking to develop life-affirming attitudes in the nursing profession by promotion of these ethical values to those we interact with in the workplace.
· Involving the organization's members in the legislative process to promote life-affirming legislation.
· Recognizing the value of and supports research beneficial to humanity when it is done with consideration for the dignity of the person involved and with their full and informed consent.
· Rejecting research involving people unable or unwilling to give their full, informed consent; and research which involves experimentation with dangerous procedures or drugs which impair or endanger the health and well-being of the person or their offspring.
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