Research Ethics is an act of moral principles that the nurse researcher has to follow while conducting nursing research to ensure the rights and welfare of individuals, groups or community under study. Research ethics is fundamental to nursing research practice, nurse education and the development of evidence. In conducting research, it is important to plan for and anticipate any potential or actual risks.
The ethical principles that nurses must adhere to the principles of justice, beneficence, nonmaleficence, accountability, fidelity, autonomy and veracity.
While conducting the research, nurses have to follow certain ethical values like human dignity, autonomy in decision making, privacy, justice,precision and accuracy in caring, commitment, sympathy, human relationship, honesty and individual and professional competency.
The generation of research evidence is crucial to the provision of safe and effective health and social care.If research is conducted in a safe and ethical manner, the process and outcome of knowledge generation can be benefit to everyone involved.