School of Nursing Civility Pledge
CIVILITY PLEDGE Provision 1.5 of the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
(2015) requires all nurses to create “an ethical environment and culture of civility
and kindness, treating colleagues, coworkers, employees, students, and patients with
dignity and respect; any form of bullying, harassment, intimidation, manipulation,
threats, or violence are always morally unacceptable and will not be tolerated” (p.
To honor this commitment, all members of the Austin Peay State University School of
Nursing pledge to abide by our co-created goals and ground rules and to communicate
and interact in a respectful, civil manner and with utmost integrity. When we disagree,
we will restrict our differences to the issue itself while continuing to respect the
person with whom we disagree. We pledge to create and sustain a workplace that encourages
inclusion, collaboration, professionalism, emotional and physical safety, ethical
conduct, and productive discourse by all members of the SON. All our discussions and
interactions will be conducted in a respectful, civil, and dignified manner as we
move towards positive innovation throughout our nursing community.