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Nurses Nursing Professionalism Nurse dating former patient? What are your thoughts on this?! Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Jun 29, by Sour Lemon. Jun 29, by mzsuccess. Jun 29, by NurseBlaq.
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Jun 29, by Wuzzie. He sounds like trouble. The following FAQ's will help. When is a romantic relationship with a patient allowed and when is it considered sexual misconduct? There are several things to take into account in determining the appropriateness of taking a patient relationship beyond clinic or hospital walls. First and foremost, the question to ask is "Is this a former or current patient?
Nurse practitioners should never date current patients. In some cases, however, a romantic relationship with a former patient may be permissible. The acceptability of a romantic relationship with a former patient depends on the situation.
Is It Ever OK for a Nurse Practitioner to Date a Patient? | MidlevelU
Here are a few things for nurse practitioners to consider in determining the appropriateness of a romantic relationship with a patient: If a significant amount of time has passed since interacting with a patient in a professional setting , a personal relationship becomes more appropriate. A good rule of thumb is to keep about a year's time between any NP-patient interaction and the initiation of a more personal relationship. The type of nurse practitioner-patient interaction also comes into play.
Did the NP treat this patient in the emergency department once for a sprained ankle, or was the NP interacting with the patient weekly during a serious health crisis?
Dating a patient who was seen by the nurse practitioner once in a walk-in clinic isn't as significant of a concern as a romantic relationship where the NP-patient interaction occurred over a long period of time. In situations where a patient is vulnerable, such as treatment for a life-threatening disease, it's advisable to keep the relationship professional. What if a nurse practitioner develops a romantic interest in a current patient?
If an NP catches a current patient swooning and is interested in reciprocating the sentiment, a relationship is not impossible, but should be carefully navigated. First, this patient must continue their medical care with another provider. The provider may be another in the same practice, but records should clearly indicate this patient is no longer under this particular nurse practitioner's care. Allowing some time to pass between the time the patient has been under the NP's care and the time the relationship becomes romantic is also necessary. The small town problem. What if the NP is the only healthcare provider available to their significant other?
For nurse practitioners living in small communities , the NP may be the only provider available to provide medical care to friends and family. The bottom line is that thepsychtech wants to pursue an intimate relationship with a Former Patient. It is established that such an action would be unethical with good reasons given. However, the action would not be illegal, so thepsychtech is free to act on his desires without the fear of being, for example, fined or jailed. He stands to lose his job, and mentally and emotionally devastating himself and another.
But, as previously stated, "Love loves an obstacle". We may just well be witnessing the birth of a new Tragedy: And ICUman might just be the catalyst for this modern-day Tragedy! I can see how this one ends, just remember when you're litigating in divorce court; "you picked her! When someone is sick enough that they are an in patient at a psych facility, it is an absolute certainty that their issues are more severe than just needing a significant other. They have serious, deep rooted issues. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together can see that and can see that it's beyond inappropriate to start a relationship with them.
What this pt doesn't need is more upheaval in her life as she's trying to get it back on track.
Is It Ever OK for a Nurse Practitioner to Date a Patient?
Here is my point of view We as healthcare professionals have to have a line we don't cross no matter what it is or where its drawn For some people they won't even hug a patient or rub a patients back where others will My mother also in the healthcare field said that the biggest way to burn out is to be too involved with your patients. Getting "digits" from a patient is unethical and surely straight up against the rules.
You'd be using your position of power to initiate a relationship. You'd be taking the professional relationship to an unprofessional level. Or would you dig through her chart to find her info? Surely you can see why that wouldn't be allowed, either. So I'd say that, no matter what, it's a bad a idea. But unless she hunts YOU down after the usual waiting period required, it's an even worse idea.