I agree with you all. I do not think its the best idea to become friends on facebook with your patients. There was a unique circumstance that happened to my one of my nursing school
friends where she went to school with her patients moms sister (they were acquaintances). They hadnt seen each other in years and then met again through the pt and are now "friends" on facebook. Im kinda on the fence about that one??
"I did PD nursing for 20 yrs and I understand the relationship that develops w/the families. It's difficult to keep that line from being blurred but you really have to. Every time you allow that line to move back, the professional relationship is compromised and eventually someone, the patient or caregiver, gets uncomfortable with it. I see this all the time. There were things that I knew other nurses would do on one case I was on. (ex: transporting the patient from a grandparents house to her house (while the mother was gone) I just wouldn't break policy no matter how close of a relationship I had with the parent... no way, no how. Always error on the side of caution."
Kyasi- I know exactly what you mean as far as seeing other nurses do things that cross the line. I have heard of other nurses baptizing their patients, lending their patients parents their credit cards, purchasing furniture for them, working with their niece/nephew etc. And I do agree with you, at times its very difficult to keep that line from being crossed because you spend so much time with these families but its very important to keep it from being crossed. Im pretty new to pdn (<1yr) and I understand the importance of keeping a professional relationship but at times get confused by it. At what point do you cross the line. I dont necessarily see being friendly and having a fun/joking (but still professional) relationship crossing the line. Sometimes the parents need a laugh once and a while. But I think once you take that off work hours then to me thats crossing the line bc then that would be like having a friend. What do you all think?