The code of ethics for registered nurses is a statement of ethical commitments of nurses to those they serve. Experts have developed it for nurses and set forth the ethical standards by which nurses are to conduct their nursing practice. The nurse plays the major role in determining and implementing desirable standards of nursing practice and nursing education. The nurse is active in developing a core of professional knowledge. The nurse, acting through the professional organization, participates in establishing and maintaining equitable social and economic working conditions in nursing.