I personally have never done it, but have seen it happen....i recall one time a male nurse dated a patients daughter...
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.
It also states that obtaining a patient's consent does not justify a sexual relationship.
Undoubtedly, you have spent a great deal of time in nursing school discussing the nurse-patient relationship.
Presumably, you have also discussed the concept of the "therapeutic relationship." A therapeutic realtionship between practitioner and patient, in simple terms, is one in which optimum results for the patient can be achieved.
Professionals attracted to patients should seek advice from a colleague and may have to hand treatment over, the draft report states.
Sexual activity is defined in the document as words, behaviour or actions by a health professional towards a patient, family member or carer which might be interpreted as sexually motivated.
Getting romantically involved with a patient - with or without sexual contact - compromises the professional association.
There is a delicate balance required to maintain appropriate boundaries in the therapeutic 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.
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