I had an experience with a patient who happens to have a very interesting diagnosis and requires total care. He is completely dependent on others, he is chair or bed bound and is a quadriplegic. He's been in this situation for over a year and is seeking clinical medication/treatment trials for his condition.
He asked if he could update me on his progress and I had written my number down for him to call (he would need assistance to do so) after his next appointment. I discussed my family and husband with him (he was in the same line of work as my spouse), met his family members when they visited and I had a trusting professional relationship with him over several visits to the facility prior to giving him contact info. My instructor was confronted by the nurse on duty who insisted I apologize for giving him the info, retrieve my number and have no further contact with him. He repeatedly told the instructor that is was for follow up on his condition and he requested it, that I should have no ill consequences from this. My instructor reassured me that it didn't seem like a huge deal to her, I had consulted her on several questions he had for me previously and she was aware that I was creating my care plan on this patient. The facility asked that I not do a care plan on this patient and I was therefore left with less than an hour to compile information on another patient that I wasn't familiar with.
Although the clinical instructor was understanding of the situation, the DON at my school is not so forgiving and we aren't on good terms. Has anyone been in a situation such as this?