I think that rachealgeorgina' s question is a very valid one- What is professional conduct, don't be so hard on her. Because from where I am coming from is this- after 30 years of being given counseling notices- I have never received one on poor skill, killing a patient, med errors, dropping a pt on the floor, sending the wrong pt to a proceedure, etc and all the other physical things that these nurse managers could/should be evaluating us on at WORK as grown adults. ALL I get is unprofessional conduct- NEVER have I been given a list of behaviors that are what the nurse manager considers as professional conduct. they seem to be these metaphysical set of rules that are NEVER spelled out and that we constantly- to the point of parlyalizing disruption of our work day and disruption of of most of our off the clock hours. obsess about. All I can say is - they are never told to you until you get dragged into the managers office and interrogated ( which if you look up dysfunctional family- this is the only example you get- no clear set of spoken rules), sometimes it means you stuck up for a fellow RN who happens to be male and of a minority and the nursing assistance have decided not to help with his patients to the point of calling him stupid because he has an Asian accent(when in fact he is fluent in 3 languages and the hecklers are lucky they can mutter in 1 and do that one badly) Translation- the nurse manager doesn't know what to do about this problem but she's the boss. so you will get written up for "unprofessional conduct", the ever so poopular he said she said senerio and who ever tells their tale first and better- the looser is "unprofessional conduct".(yet you came to work on time, in your appropriate uniform, no skin showing, stethescope around neck, pen in hand, took your assignment with out issue, began your assignment, focused on your assignment, no one died, all labs reported with callback orders, correct meds given but if you try to help out a fellow RN- you get unprofessional conduct. But those who sit read the morning paper, x-mas shop on internet at ToysRUs, gossip about EVERYBODY, manage to give their meds from their chair, stethescope doesn't leave the desk, their patients don't even know they have a nurse, make life miserable for new GN's trying to find their way where they end up crying and eventually leaving,- Are shining examples of PROFFESSIONAL CONDUCT on their evaluations. We have all worked with one of these shining examples at some point. the Dr. Evils and Minny Me's. So this is a very good question, because after 30 years I still don't know and am very tired trying to guess. Proffessional conduct is what ever the present nurse manager wants it to be- what ever he/she has the ability to easily handle, not a problem they can't solve.