CCI strives to safeguard the integrity of its certifications. Nurses holding any CCI certifications are expected to demonstrate safety, competency, and ethical behavior in compliance with applicable laws and rules.

Purpose of a Code of Ethics

  • Establishes ethical responsibilities of CCI certificants within the profession
  • Identifies violations of CCI certificants within the profession

Code of Ethics

Regulation of Practice

Nursing practice is regulated by individual state Boards of Nursing (BON). Each individual BON is responsible for overseeing and regulating nursing practice in their state, as well as the accompanying investigative and disciplinary processes for unlawful or unethical behavior. Complaints about a nurse’s behavior or practice should be reported to relevant BON.

Misuse or Misrepresentation

Any misuse or misrepresentation of a CCI credential by those not currently holding the credential shall be subject to legal action by CCI. Misrepresentation includes the use of any credential once the credential has lapsed.

Sanctions on CCI Certifications

Certificants are required to continue to meet all applicable legal, ethical, and policy requirements of CCI during the time that they hold any CCI credential. Different from regulation, CCI may impose sanctions on certification for violations of CCI ethical and policy requirements. Disciplinary action, including sanctions of public or private reprimand, censure, or suspensions or revocation of certification, may be taken by CCI for failing to meet or otherwise violating these requirements. Candidates and certificants shall be made aware of the basis for which certification can be revoked, or other disciplinary action taken. Certification can be denied, suspended or revoked for cause, including but not limited to the following:

  • determination that initial certification or certification renewal was improperly granted;
  • falsification or mis-statement of information on any certification-related document;
  • providing false or misleading information;
  • misrepresentation regarding credentialing status;
  • cheating or assisting others to cheat;
  • causing, creating, or participating in an examination irregularity;
  • assisting others to wrongfully obtain initial certification or to renew certification;
  • violation of CCI policy or procedure;
  • failure of audit processes;
  • failure to respond to CCI in a timely manner;
  • has not paid all outstanding debts to CCI;
  • misuse of or misrepresentation with respect to the CCI credential;
  • failure to maintain the required professional licensure;
  • conduct unbecoming of the nursing profession;
  • failure to comply with the scope and standards of practice in an area in which the certification is held;
  • commission of a crime or gross negligence in the practice of nursing; and
  • failure to comply with the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

For more information on reporting an alleged ethical violation to CCI, please review our Ethics Reporting Page.