Student Nurse with interview assignment concerning professional boundaries. HELP!!!!!

  1. dear reader,

    i am a student nurse in hammond, la. for one of my classes i am to have a chat with a practicing nurse to get their input regarding a nurse crossing the professional boundary. the following questions must be answered.
    1. how do you maintain professional relationships?

    2. what are warning signs that the professional
    relationship is becoming unprofessional?

    3. is there anything wrong with becoming personally
    involved with a client?

    if someone could answer these questions thoroughly for me i would greatly appreciate it. also, you may send your answers by private message (pm) or use my email address in profile to reply to my thread.

    thank you so much ,
    student nurse

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    Last edit by VickyRN on Aug 25, '06
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Okay - I'll take a stab at this one:

    1. How do you maintain professional relationships?

    By providing empathy, compassion and concern for the patient. Also - by teaching the patient about their disease process, the proposed treatment plan and options (if any). Also - to find out what they understand of their disease and refer to other disciplines as appropriate.

    2. What are warning signs that the professional
    relationship is becoming unprofessional?

    When either the pt or caregiver spends more time on the personal side of conversation and becomes invested in that person's outcome. You must care, but there must be separateness in order to do the job professionally.

    3. Is there anything wrong with becoming personally
    involved with a client?

    Yes, you lose the objectivity that is needed with the caregiver/patient relationship.
  4. by   Slustudentnurse03
    Thank you TraumaRus for taking time to answer my questions. I greatly appreciate it. God Bless!!!!

    SLU Student Nurse
  5. by   MsKieshaRN
    can anyone help me???

    I'm looking for some information on chemical dependancy by nurses. Anyone have any good links far as treatment, disciplinary actions, and strategies for intervention? I appreciate it
  6. by   fussy_lass
    Not that it's any of my business but having done a similar assignment, I would strongly suggest that you talk either in person or over the phone with a nurse rather than going through a message board. The way questions are answered is quite different. You might get a lot of really enlightening and unexpected information in a conversation format that you don't get from a written response, and it can be the start of building a useful network of acquaintances in the field.

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