Crossing the Line

  1. What do you think is "crossing the line" with patients? Do you think that telling them too much personal information about yourself, like how many children, etc. is too far? Or do you think of it more as starting a relationship with a patient? I need different opinions for a discussion in class!
    Last edit by Traci1 on Sep 4, '02
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  3. by   fergus51
    Who is the family member (mother of a minor or distant cousin)? Is the patient ok with them knowing what you're telling them? If so, no problem. If not, please keep the info private.
  4. by   caliotter3
    You need to find out from the patient first what they want others to be told. Your first responsibility is to form a relationship with the patient, not the family member. Giving out info, no matter how well-intentioned, before obtaining permission from the patient, destroys the trust necessary for a proper nurse-patient relationship.
  5. by   BadBird
    Patient confidentiality is a major issue, never give out any information that the patient does not want you to. I simply ask my patients if they want information given to the daughter, son, etc.. as they are asking questions. Most will say yes, if the say no'just tell the person asking that the patient does not want any information given out; they will have to ask the patient for themselves. This brings to mind a idea, when doing an admission data base why not ask the patient at that time who they want information given to if anyone. Document on Kardex that husband only is to be given information and any questions by other family or friends should be referred to husband or whoever the patient chooses. This might stop a lot of phone calls also, just refer to the resource person designated by the patient.
  6. by   JailRN
    Crossing the line??? Hm, how about giving your pt info on yourself, phone nuber, etc, or having a "relationship" while they are in the hospital??

    We had a nurse that we caught in bed with one of the pts. Think that was crossing the line?? (they were both married)

    Like I said, Sorry that's not covered by your insurance.