Nurses dating patints
A client's dignity, autonomy and privacy are kept safe within the nurse-client relationship.Within the nurse-client relationship, the client is often vulnerable because the nurse has more power than the client.The guidance comes after a number of high-profile cases in which doctors and other health-care staff have sexually abused patients, such as that of the psychiatrists Dr William Kerr and Michael Haslam, both of whom abused vulnerable patients in Yorkshire.The guidance lists unacceptable behaviour and states that health professionals must establish and maintain clear sexual boundaries.However, it adds that relationships are unprofessional if the patient is exploited, was vulnerable or the professional relationship was terminated to start a sexual relationship.The guidance was drawn up by a Clear Boundaries project team, run by the CHRE.Members included clinicians, victims of abuse, royal colleges and representatives from health-care regulatory bodies.Prof Julie Stone, the CHRE deputy director, said the guidelines would provide common standards across the professions.
Clear boundaries The draft guidance states that health professionals must establish and maintain clear sexual boundaries.
It also states that obtaining a patient's consent does not justify a sexual relationship.
Professionals attracted to patients should seek advice from a colleague and may have to hand treatment over, the draft report states.
A nurse may violate a boundary in terms of behaviour related to favouritism, physical contact, friendship, socializing, gifts, dating, intimacy, disclosure, chastising and coercion. Others are not so clear and require the nurse to use professional judgment.
This is true particularly in small communities where nurses may have both a personal and a professional role.
At best, nurses and patients develop a special bond based on trust, compassion, and mutual respect.