Professional codes of ethics set forth the principles and ethical standards that underlie the responsibilities and conduct of helping professionals—for member gerontologists, social workers and nurses, among other helping professionals. These principles are to be used as guidelines when examining everyday professional activities. They constitute normative statements and provide guidance on issues that helping professionals may encounter in their professional work. Membership in helping professional organizations as the National Association for Professional Gerontologists (NAPG), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and any of a number of nursing professional organizations commit members to adhere to the helping profession’s code of ethics. Members are advised of this obligation when they are accepted as members. Violations of the membership ethical code often leads to the imposition of sanctions.
The National Association for Social Workers:
The National Association for Professional Gerontologists: