Do you "friend" your pts on Facebook??? - page 3

I am a new nurse and just started private duty nursing. My pts parents sent me a friend request on Facebook. I have yet to accept. I am friends with several of my co-workers on facebook and I saw that they do become friends with... Read More

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    I wouldn't do it while you are on the job/case or still employed. While on a case, I knew my pt had FB, but we both respected each other's boundaries and never added each other. Once I was off the case for awhile, and no longer employed by that agency, my pt friend requested me. Of course I was hesitant, but I accepted. I'm still not employed by that agency, am actually a stay at home mom now, and no longer even on facebook. But I agree with the others, I would not accept a request or friend request while working for that client.

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    To be honest I take this even one step further. I have heard mention of nurses giving clients their cell numbers. I know not everyone can help this, but I don't even give clients my cell number. I have an agency, so if they need to get ahold of me they can contact them. I used to give out my number until I had a clients family that started to borderline harass me nonstop about different things and started to call me even on my day off. I quit that client and never gave out my number again. I can't stress enough about maintaining professional distance.
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    The ONLY home care client I have a facebook / non-work relationship with is the one I no longer work for because their child no longer needs nursing care. I also no longer do home care- so the professional 'boundary' no longer even exists.

    For this particular situation, it allows me to keep in touch with a family I cared a lot for after they moved from the area.

    That is the ONLY situation I would even consider having this type of online 'relationship'.
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    I wouldn't do it. Professional-KatRN78 is a totally different person/personality from Off-duty-KatRN78 and neither of us have Facebook anyway. (Facebook was not enriching my life in anyway... so had to terminate my account).
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    My agency said, "don't friend on FB" during orientation on the topic of maintaining professional boundaries. Did receive a friend request and she is a really wonderful person but I did think it was appropriate advice from the agency and I did not accept the request. She has never mentioned it. I didn't even know about the blocking thing but sounds like I should explore that for the future to prevent any hard feelings.
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    I don't know how to avoid giving a parent my cell number. Most of my families don't seem to have home phones any more. So when I am on duty, and mom is working, our mobile phones are the only connection we have.
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    The agency line was always "they call us and we call you" although in practice that does not work as offices get busy or are notoriously bad about returning calls and relaying messages. Maybe it would be worth it to get a tracfone or other inexpensive phone just for work-related calls.
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    My phone has an option to block my number when calling out. It doesn't block my number on text messages though. My agency doesn't even have my cell number because there are times that I don't want to be disturbed unless it's someone close to me. I forward my calls from my house to my cell while at work. That way it's my home number I'm giving out. It's listed anyway in the phone book. When I call out it displays "anonymous"to the person I'm calling. If a parent wants to speak with me to check in, I'll arrange a time to call them. Or they can call the agency and hope the message gets to me and that they get a message back. When I'm off or on vacation, I'm comfortable leaving my cellphone on without worrying about the office or a family calling.
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