Nurse dating former patient
A client's dignity, autonomy and privacy are kept safe within the nurse-client relationship.
Within the nurse-client relationship, the client is often vulnerable because the nurse has more power than the client.
Professional intimacy can also involve psychological, spiritual and social elements that are identified in the plan of care.
Access to the client’s personal information also contributes to professional intimacy.
The nurse — not the client — is always responsible for establishing and maintaining boundaries.
Explain your commitment to confidentiality and what the client can expect of you as a nurse.
The nurse has influence, access to information, and specialized knowledge and skills.
Nurses have the competencies to develop a therapeutic relationship and set appropriate boundaries with their clients.
When you refuse a gift, explain why in a sensitive manner. If you are a nurse administrator, educator or researcher, consider how these principles apply to your relationships with staff, students and research participants.
Seek impartial help to clarify the boundaries of a therapeutic relationship if you become aware of any of the following behaviour in yourself or a colleague: BCCNP’s Standards of Practice (Professional Standards, Practice Standards, and Scope of Practice Standards) set out requirements for practice that nurses must meet.
Where it has therapeutic intent, a group of nurses may give or receive a token gift. When the issues are complex and boundaries are not clear, discuss your concerns with a knowledgeable and trusted colleague.