The principles used in this document reflect values that underlie the definition of nursing (RCN, 2003).
Any situation can be analysed by identifying the underlying idea and the values or beliefs on which it is based. This should lead to a consideration of what type of action and what factors may enhance or hinder the outcome. It is vital that the outcome is recognised - otherwise the exercise is purely academic.
The RCN Principles can operate at a number of different levels and can also be applied to more complex situations, for example, national policy initiatives.
In short, the Principles offer a framework within which actions and outcomes may be developed and tested. The RCN considers any application of these Principles to practice should enhance the situation of all concerned.