Hi fellow nurses, I am looking for advice / opinions...
What are the rules for friending patient families on social media after their discharge?
Background: I am a NICU nurse, and oftentimes when a baby is with us for a long time, the parents grow close to many of the nurses. I have seen some fellow nurses who are friends with some of the parents on Facebook and/or Instagram, and as much as I would love to stay in contact with some of the parents, something in the back of my mind tells me that this isn't quite right.
Also, what should be done if a baby's parents try to contact me, as opposed to me contacting them? In that instance, would it be permissible to be friends with them?
I hope that this post makes sense, and I apologize if this question has already been asked and I missed it in the archives