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- Jun 6, '04 by SmilingBluEyesQuote from DayrayIt's inappropriate.
this says it all. It's never appropriate.
- Jun 7, '04 by NurseChickI work at a LTC facility and we had a CNA, that the staff felt, was having a relationship with a gentlemen there. Other staff would walk into the room and find her laying in bed with him. Other times staff would witness him groping her chest and she didn't seem to mind. She is vietnamese and in her 40's. (I only mention the vietnamese part because maybe there is something about their culture that I don't know about, I'm not being prejudice.) The few times that she was actually called on it, she would say that he was like a father figure to her. She also bought him AND her husband fancy rings one time. The family loved her to death although who knows if they knew what exactly was going on. She came in on her days off to visit him and bring him things. She also had invited him to her house. She was finally fired, but it went on for over 6 months. As far as we know the husband never minded or knew about what was going on. They have moved out of town now.
- Jun 7, '04 by steel magnoliaIt sounds like what went on in #2 post, was that the CNA and the pt had a relationship outside of the hospital. What the pt does while on furlough is his own biz, as is what the CNA does on her time is her own biz.
Of course there must have been something between them to initiate any interest in the first place while on duty, but as long as she remained professional about it while on duty, ie, not like the other girl laying in the pt's bed and letting him grope her breasts, I see no problem with it.
How lucky for this man, isn't it better to be cared for in a home by the person you love instead of a facility, as good as the staff may be??
Frankly, as long as the CNA did not overstep while ON DUTY, I think she has grounds for a lawsuit.
- Jun 8, '04 by mattsmom81The facility has little choice but to fire the worker who has a relationship with a client. It is unethical and the facility could be held liable...so they would likely fire the worker to lower their risk; show they took action.
Along with it being unethical it is unprofessional behavior, IMO. If attraction occurs between a healthcare worker and a client, best shelve it til the professional relationship ends. It is too risky...why risk your job and career, professional reputation this way??
I've looked the other way a few times when I've seen a nurse 'cross the line' but there are people out there who would destroy a nurse if given a chance so it's a nobrainer for me. NOT worth it.
- Jun 8, '04 by laurakokoI also met my husband in the hospital. He broke his leg, had extensive surgery, and of the 8 days he was there, I took care of him 5. It was months later, I had well forgotton him, but he did not forget me. I did no flirting at the bedside, or any unmoral nurse to patient behavior. He just thought I was cute, came to the hospital, and asked me out for coffee. I was very reluctant to go with him anywhere, as I thought it was unprofessional behavior. (This was about 8 months after his discharge.) He asked for my phone number, but I only gave him my email address, and would not even respond. ALOT more time went by, and he was persistent, so I finally decided to go to dinner with him. We were married a year later, and now have 2 beautiful children! I still sometimes feel kinda unprofessional when my coworkers say "you married a patient?!?!?" Until I explain the circumstances..........I feel like it was fate, maybe he broke his leg to meet me. We are true soulmates!!!
- Jun 8, '04 by gwenithThat is worlds apart from the carer hacving an active involvement with someone in her care.
It has happened before today that this degree of involvment - especially in LTC has led to a change of will in the carer's favour.
It is also wrong for the carer themselves because there can be a psychological addiction to caring itself. There was a book - I think it was called "Women who care too much". It talked about how some can get themselves so far into the carer role that they become more dependant on the role itself than the relationship or the person at the center of that relationship.
- Feb 23, '12 by RnJillMdaHi everyone. I have a question. I have been a nurse for 2 years at an icu... I was a student nurse and worker there. I took care of a pt post neurosurgery for about 3 weeks constantly. I see him as a kid he is 19. I made a professional mistake by sharing personal info with him including my phone number and my fb. Now he calls more than once a day and txts every day... I feel like my boundaries were crossed. My husband says ignore it but i want to tell the teen that i feel uncomfortable... What should i do? He is a 19 year old with recent neurological surgery and tumors.... Of course this is my fault, being the professional, but now im at a loss... Any suggestions?
- Feb 23, '12 by mrmedicalWhat about after a patient came in for acute illness and was discharged and a length of time later you run in to them in public and things take off from there? Even in a nonromantic manner.
Always a question I had on my mind, and the chances of it occuring are pretty slim, but still and interesting scenario. Thoughts?
- Feb 29, '12 by GrnTeathis does sound like homework, and i hope the op finds some actual references to cite, because i can assure you that the faculty won't like "i asked a lot of people i don't know on an online forum" in the bibliography. :d
seriously? do you have a copy of your state's nurse practice act? if you don't, or it's incomprehensible, get a copy of the ana scope and standards of practice, available at your favorite online booksellers for short money; it's a slim paperback. you should be able to find references there that address the nature of the nurse/patient relationship, the balance of power, vulnerability, and all the rest. this is, as you have probably gathered, a big no-no. people do lose licenses over this!