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This is a discussion on Do you ever see the child after you leave a case? in Private Duty Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... I was just curious if private duty nurses ever kept in touch with their ped patients after they are...by Blackcat99 Sep 10, '12I was just curious if private duty nurses ever kept in touch with their ped patients after they are no longer on the case? Do you ever send the child a yearly birthday card or anything like that? Do you ever call the family and ask how the child is doing etc etc etc?
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- Sep 11, '12 by liveyourlife747I keep in touch with the ones I really enjoyed and bonded with, BUT I think there is a fine line between it all and sometimes judgement demands that you make a clean break and let it go.
- Sep 11, '12 by SDALPNMost agencies teach that it is crossing professional boundaries to do so. But it does happen.
- Sep 12, '12 by CloudySueI work with an alert and oriented young lady who goes to college out-of-state. I still work with her when she's home for holidays and such, but she does shoot me texts sometimes to say "hi" or tell me how her year is going, how her new nurses are, etc. I've been with her for nearly two years and we have a close rapport, I try to maintain boundaries but there does come a point in a natural progression where the people you work for become your friends. Then it's more crucial than ever to remember boundaries!
- Sep 14, '12 by ventmommyI have a few nurses that still call, text or drop by even though my son passed away many months ago.
- Sep 14, '12 by Blackcat99That's wonderful ventmommy. I am glad to hear that a few nurses still contact you. I was so sorry to have read about the death of your son. I am sure my patient's mother will allow me to visit her child. She better let me or she's going to have a "Peeping Tom" outside her child's window lol. I love her child so much.
- Sep 18, '12 by smurfynurseyI agree with what everyone else has said...in many agencies it is considered unprofessional. That said, i know of it happening with several cases.Ventmommy, i didn't know your son had passed. Thinking of you.
- Sep 25, '12 by tots24I asked my agency if I could keep in touch with the little girl from my first case (I was their only nurse by the end) and they gave me approval. It's nothing TOO intimate--I sent a card for her birthday and met up with them for coffee one day. We've sent a few emails back and forth. I feel like returning to their home for any reason is too much, but meeting in public places seems okay to me. I would only do this though if your agency says it's okay!
- Sep 25, '12 by Blackcat99Thanks to all for your comments. Fortunately, his mother said I could come and visit him anytime I wanted and to just call first before coming over.
- Sep 26, '12 by PediLove2147I am sorry but when you work 1:1 with a kid that is very sick, how could you not want to know how they're doing?! I am glad they said you could still visit Blackcat99!
One of my patients passed away, her one year memorial is in October. The family texted me and I will absolutely be there. I won't be wondering if it is professional either, I will be there to support the family because they had a very special girl.