Professional values guide the nurse in caring for the patient and are derived from the profession of nursing. These values are prescribed in ethical codes of conduct and standards of nursing practice.
In the context of caring for Arab Muslim patients in the Middle East, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nursing Code of Conduct would be applied. The GCC code specifies accountability, dignity, privacy and confidentiality as primary values to guide nursing conduct. The code does not guide the nurses on the specific religious and cultural aspects of care, but directs the nurse to place the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and family at the centre of nursing care