We, the students of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, believe that professional behavior plays an important role in our ethical development as nurses. We are committed to demonstrating professional behavior in our roles both inside and outside of the School of Nursing. This goal will be supported through adoption of the following ideals:
We are committed to conducting ourselves in a manner that appropriately represents the prestigious institution which we attend. We seek to reflect the utmost respect for ourselves, and our instructors, classmates, mentors, patients, and the wider community. SON students will:
- Present themselves in a manner that is representative of the School of Nursing dress code.
- Raise their hands when appropriate during lecture and wait to be called on before speaking.
- Contribute personal comments and experience only when these pertain to the topic at hand.
- Refrain from personal conversations and comments during lectures.
- Avoid using laptops for purposes other than educational or pertaining to class.
- Silence all phones and electronic devices before lectures begin.
- Wait until it is declared appropriate by the professor to gather their things for breaks and at the end of class.
- Avoid leaving the room in the middle of a lecture or exam, and will wait for a break in class.
We assume responsibility for our own actions and are committed to personal growth into a professional role. SON students will:
- Avoid all acts of discrimination.
- Seek accuracy in stating facts, practices, conclusions, and laws.
- Offer only constructive feedback to faculty, staff, and other students.
- Conduct themselves in a manner that fosters trust among peers, faculty, staff, and the wider community.
- Utilize appropriate opportunities to enhance faculty and staff understanding of student needs.
- Examine and discuss questions of interest and freely express opinions without judging others.
- Maintain acceptable academic performance in each course while having protection through administration against prejudiced academic procedures or evaluations.
- Document and seek guidance from clinical faculty about incidents in the clinical setting that provide opportunity for further reflection and personal growth.
- Utilize opportunities to enhance their communication and critical thinking skills.
- Contribute to the development of the professional nursing curriculum.
We are committed to strictly upholding the UNC Honor Code and recognize its importance to the institution and to our professional growth. Students will:
- Seek to display the ideals of integrity, honesty, competence, and fairness.
- Provide assistance and guidance among themselves to uphold the UNC Honor Code.
- Maintain their own belongings, including their own mailboxes and lockers, without disturbing or offending others.
We are committed to enhancing and preserving the health of the community through education and awareness. Students will:
- Advocate for the rights of patients while maintaining patient confidentiality.
- Advocate for the nursing profession in the larger community.
- Strive to secure and maintain their own personal health.
- Support access to health resources for each other and for all members of the community.
- Have the right to belong or decline to be a part of any group or organization.
- Promote and develop a learning environment that respects human rights, values and choices, including cultural and spiritual beliefs
Written: 2008 Class Board
Adopted: 2008 UG Student Body, spring 2008
Approved: Baccalaureate Executive Committee, April 2008