Bioethics is concerned with questions about basic human values such as the rights to life and health, and the rightness or wrongness of certain developments in healthcare institutions, life technology, medicine, the health professions and about society's responsibility for the life and health of its members. Principles of the Nursing Profession. Ethics are fundamental to nursing. All nurses should respect their patients, maintain patients' dignity and protect patients' rights. Nurses must create an environment of mutual trust and respect between patients and healthcare professionals.