This article was written for the purpose of improving communication and understanding between nurses and doctors. It is written from the standpoint of doctors. The “ethics of nurses” is used in this article to refer both to the ethical standards or principles that nurses observe in nursing practice as well as to statements concerning the ethical principles with which nurses or their associations claim to comply. It is pointed out that medical practice requires a division of labor and that most associations of medical and paramedical practitioners explicitly endorse principles specifying the need for, and duties regarding, collaboration among medical and paramedical practitioners. Such principles of collaboration not only promote systematic cooperative relationships, they also encourage each group to hold the other in check, so as to safeguard medical ethics in clinical practice. It is argued that nurses and doctors should strive to reconstruct an advanced, democratic, complementary, coexistent, productive, and consonant relationship in order to promote effective communication in medical practice.