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2017 Proposed Code of Ethics

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM) schedules a review of the Code of Ethics every five (5) years. This is done to ensure the document remains current and relevant, and reflective of the current and emerging trends in health and mental health delivery systems.

The Code of Ethics is a statement of the profession's ethical values and the commitments that Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) make to those that they provide care to. The Code of Ethics applies to all Registered Psychiatric Nurses, in all contexts, with all client groups (individuals, families, groups and communities) and in all domains of practice. The specific values, behaviours and ethical responsibilities expected of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Manitoba are set out in this document.

Revisions Prior to Consultation

In 2010, the CRPNM Board of Directors approved the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) Code of Ethics as their own. The 2010 approved Code of Ethics were extensively reviewed and, following consultations with nurse ethicists and a jurisdictional review, the Quality Assurance Committee recommended a continuing commitment to the 2010 document with some revisions.  With permission from RPNRC, the original publication was modified and prepared for consultation.


Prior to adopting a Code of Ethics, the CRPNM engages in a consultation process with its registrants and other key stakeholders. The Quality Assurance Committee developed an electronic survey to facilitate the consultation process. On February 3, 2017, all Practising RPNs were sent an invitation to participate in the consultation survey.  Additionally, the invitation and survey link were sent to the members of the CRPNM’s Investigation and Discipline Committees; the Dean and faculty of the psychiatric nursing education program; and, employers of RPNs.  The survey was open for a two-week period closing on February 17, 2017.

Potential survey respondents were informed that additional revisions may be made to the Code of Ethics as a result of the feedback received. 

Review and Revisions Following the Consultation

A total of fifty-nine (n=59) surveys were returned. All of the feedback was reviewed and considered by the Quality Assurance Committee, including feedback that was not incorporated into the final proposed document. When considering how the feedback might be incorporated, the Quality Assurance Committee ensured that any revisions were consistent with the CRPNM’s mandate.  In some instances, the feedback was better suited to the Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.  The Quality Assurance Committee has noted this feedback and will review and consider it when they begin their work on the revision of the Standards.

The final proposed Code of Ethics was approved by the CRPNM Board of Directors on March 18, 2017.  The changes made as a result of the consultation are included in the document.

The Code of Ethics will be presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting for adoption in the manner described in section 53 of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act.

A copy of the proposed Code of Ethics with the comments on the changes can be viewed here. 

A final copy of the proposed Code of Ethics can be viewed here.