The Guiding Principles of Patient Care at Klinikum Landkreis Erding


Nurses have four fundamental responsibilities:
To promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health, to alleviate suffering.

There is a universal need for nursing care.

Inherent in nursing is a respect for human rights, including the right to life, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Nursing care is unrestricted by considerations of age, disability or illness, gender, creed, colour, culture, nationality, politics, race or social status.

Nurses render health services to the individual, the family and the community and coordinate their services with those of related groups.

Nurses and people

The nurse’s primary professional responsibility is to people requiring nursing care. In providing care, the nurse promotes an environment in which the human rights, values, customs and spiritual beliefs of the individual, family and community are respected.

The nurse ensures that the individual receives sufficient information on which to base consent for care and related treatment.

The nurse practices to sustain and protect the natural environment.

Nurses and practice

The nurse carries personal responsibility and accountability for nursing practice, and for maintaining competence by continual learning.

The nurse maintains a standard of personal health such that the ability to provide care is not compromised in a reckless and negligent way.

The nurse uses judgement regarding individual competence when accepting and delegating responsibility. The nurse at all times maintains standards of personal conduct which reflect well on the profession and enhance its image and public confidence.
The nurse, in providing care, ensures that use of technology and scientific advances are compatible with the safety, dignity and rights of people.

Nurses and the profession

The nurse assumes the major role in implementing all aspects of clinical nursing care. The nurse is active in developing a core of research-based professional knowledge that supports evidence-based practice.

Nurses and co-workers

The nurse sustains a collaborative and respectful relationship with co-workers in nursing and other fields. The nurse takes appropriate action to safeguard patients when their health is endangered by a co-worker or any other person.


(Parts of our Guiding Principle of Patient Care are identical to the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses.)