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I've been discussing this article with my husband, and we both have watched and read some people saying that she should be let off the hook. I don't think so, but my husband wonders if 20 years is too harsh of a punishment.
I figured I would ask around here, have you ever seen anyone disciplined for something similar?
Is 20 years an appropriate punishment?
If this were a male nurse would he have received a harsher punishment?
Just some of the questions that popped into my mind while reading the article.
Sigh, I am not a fan of the idea of nurses sleeping with their patients because of professional boundaries. That being said, I am going to have to let my liberal views show a bit here. If this was a consensual relationship and the nurse was off duty then it seems like something that should merely be frowned upon. The patient was an adult, and alert & oriented...and he clearly had feelings for her (and therefore was not threatened or coerced into a relationship). I understand why the wife would be angry, and why the hospital would think it unprofessional. However, I am not sure that it is beneficial to society to revoke the license of a trained health care professional for this
Furthermore, the article makes it sound like he tried to commit suicide because of the nurse being pregnant by another man, but it seemed like this info came from the wife. It seems just as likely that he may have attempted that because of depression related to his disease. People should be free to make their own adult decisions, and the patient in this case chose to have a relationship, just as the nurse did. If they were not sleeping together in the facility or while she was on duty, well, frankly, I cannot fathom why the BON would want to be involved. How many doctors would lose their license for dating an ex-patient?
Last edit by CareFully on Jan 18, '11