Crossing the line of professionalism - page 2

Is there anything wrong with becoming personally involved with a client? How do you as a nurse maintain professional relationships with your patients? What are some warning signs that the... Read More

  1. by   Jenny P
    Agnus; you gave the perfect answer first time around.

    In Minnesota and probably in other states there are rules and regulations in the Nurse Practice Act about professional boundaries.

    There are times when I have shared personal information with a patient IF it relates to the patients' problem and I can empathize with them. Some patients will listen to someone who who has "travelled the same road" better than to "some professional who only has book learning."

    (And as far as ayemmeff, I've always thought that that was your initials: A.M.F. Am I right or wrong?)
  2. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by Jenny P
    Agnus; you gave the perfect answer first time around.

    In Minnesota and probably in other states there are rules and regulations in the Nurse Practice Act about professional boundaries.

    There are times when I have shared personal information with a patient IF it relates to the patients' problem and I can empathize with them. Some patients will listen to someone who who has "travelled the same road" better than to "some professional who only has book learning."

    (And as far as ayemmeff, I've always thought that that was your initials: A.M.F. Am I right or wrong?)
    Oh boy am I dense. I didn't get AMF.

    I agree 100% with you about sharing something about yourself that can show you really do understand.
  3. by   cwazycwissyRN
    think you answered your own question with the title of the thread
  4. by   RockiNbarbi
    Cwazycwissy you took the words right outa my mouth....
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think your concern is enough to say you probably already have. I would follow angus' advice and move on. You don't need this in your personal or professional life. You really don't.
  6. by   ayemmeff
    Originally posted by Jenny P
    (And as far as ayemmeff, I've always thought that that was your initials: A.M.F. Am I right or wrong?)
    You are right!
  7. by   slugirl
    The reason for this thread is to get info for my class and you probably saw this question before by another user because we were given certain chat rooms that we could use to get our info. I am a second semester nursing student and for my Nursing Advocacy Course, we had to see what nurses had to say about "crossing the line of professionalism". I want to say thanks to all of you who responded. It was greatly appreciated.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Ok this is gonna come off bytchy, but I have to say it. My opinion is, if you are looking for information for a class or school project, you should tell us up front. I am not here to participate in research projects/polls for students (or anyone) w/o my knowledge. My answer would not have been different, but, I felt a bit *mislead* here. Have you had your ethics classes yet? Just wondering Anyhow, I only speak for myself here when I say all this..
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 29, '03
  9. by   mattsmom81
    Crossing professional lines...hmmm...IMO I see way too much of it. Just the codependancy, for one, leads to this...the need some have to be reassured they're the 'favorite' nurse, or 'better' than the others, etc.

    I have seen too many nurses consistently break rules for their own need to be 'the favorite'....also call patients at home, have them back to the unit as friends/visitors after discharge...this is crossing the line too IMO. Sad thing is...many times these unprofessional nurses are favorites with administration because of their 'wonderful customer service'...families love them but it's not healthy and it undermines those of us stay professional and follow policy.

    Agree with everyone's responses. A related problem is too much familiarity with patients and family. It sends the wrong message and breeds the sexual overtones many people assoicate with nurses.

    Good luck with your project.
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    i must admit, although i did not reply..i am more than a tad irked that we were "used" without our knowledge...heaven help you if you really need help with school again...doubt you will find it here.
  11. by   mattsmom81
    Yes, many students 'use' us to do their school /homework assignments, and I also wish they would just be upfront..
  12. by   fab4fan
    Talk about crossing the line of professionalism...this is a perfect example!!
  13. by   MarnnaRN
    so she didn't say it was for school up front, give the girl a break. Does it really matter, and don't eat your young! Wouldn't you liked to have had a resource like this in nursing school? I would of.

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