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CODE OF ETHICS

HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HAAN)

CODE OF ETHICS

Introduction: The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to the successful discharge of the professional responsibilities of all long term healthcare administrators. This Code of Ethics has been promulgated by HealthCare Administrators Association of Nigeria in an effort to stress the fundamental rules considered essential to this basic purpose. It shall be the obligation of members to seek to avoid not only conduct specifically prescribed by the code, the also conduct that is inconsistent with its spirit and purpose. Failure to specify any particular responsibility or practice in this Code of Ethics should not be construed as denial of the existences of other responsibilities or practices. Recognising that the ultimate responsibility for applying standards and ethics falls upon the individual, the HAAN establishes the following Code of Ethics to make its expectation of the membership.   

STANDARD ONE

Individual shall hold paramount the welfare of persons for whom care is provided.

Prescriptions: The Healthcare Administrator shall:

  • Strive to provide to all those entrusted to his or her care the highest quality of appropriate services possible in light of resources or other constraint
  • Operate the facility consistent with laws, regulations, and standards of practices recognised in the field of Healthcare administration.
  • Consistent with law and professional standards. Protect the confidentiality of information regarding individuals.
  • Perform administrative duties with the personal integrity that will earn the confidence, trust and respect of the general public.
  • Take appropriate steps to avoid discrimination on basis of ethic, tribal, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability.

Prohibition: The Health Care Administrator shall not:

  • Disclose professional or personal information regarding recipients of service to unauthorised personnel unless required by law or to protect the public welfare.

STANDARD TWO

Individual shall maintain high standards of professional competence and personal conduct.

Prescriptions: The Health Care Administrator shall:

  • Possess and maintain the competence necessary to effectively perform his or her responsibilities
  • Practice administration in accordance with capabilities and proficiencies and, when appropriate, seek counsel from qualified others.
  • Actively strive to enhance knowledge of and expertise in long-term care administration through continuing education and professional development.
  • Demonstrate conduct that is in the best interest of the profession.

Prohibitions: The Healthcare Administrator shall not:

  • Misrepresent  qualifications, education, experience, or  affiliations
  • Provide service other than those for which he or she is prepared and qualified to perform.
  • Conduct themselves in a manner detrimental to the best interest of the profession.

STANDARD THREE

Individuals shall strive, in all matters relating to their professional function, to maintain a professional posture that places paramount the interest of the facility and its resident.

Prescriptions: the healthcare administrator shall:

  • Avoid partisanship and provide a forum for the fair resolution of any disputes which may arise in service delivery or facility management.
  • Disclose to the governing body or her authority as may be appropriate, any actual or potential circumstance concerning him or her that might reasonably be through to create a confect of interest or have a substantial adverse impact on the facility or its resident.

Prohibition: The healthcare administrator shall not:

  • Participate in activities that reasonably may be though to create a conflict of interest or have the potential to a have substantial adverse impact on the facility or its residents.

STANDARD FOUR 

Individuals shall honour their responsibilities to the public, their profession, and their relationship with colleagues and members of related professions.

 Prescriptions: The healthcare administrator shall:

  • Foster increased knowledge within the profession of health care administrator and support research efforts toward this end.
  • Participate with others in the community to plan for and provide a full range of health care services.
  • Share area of expertise with colleagues, students, and the general public to increase students, and the promote understanding of awareness and promote understanding of health care in general and the profession in particular.
  • Inform the HAAN standards and Ethics Committee of actual or potential understanding of this code of Ethics, and fully cooperate matters of HAAN’s sanctioned inquiries into matters of professional conduct related to this code of Ethics.

Prohibition: The healthcare administrator shall not:

  • Defend, support or ignore unethical conduct perpetrated by colleagues, peers or students.

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