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Violation of Boundaries By A Nurse

If you need more information about a violation of boundaries issue, give us a call for a free legal consultation, (503) 232-9280.

Because they’re in a position of power, and often providing care for patients who are sick and vulnerable, nurses need to pay special attention to appropriate boundaries.

Most nurses are attracted to the field of nursing because they care about people and want to help them, but those desires – when taken too far – can have serious professional consequences.

A violation of a boundary by a nurse could lead to a complaint being filed with the state board of nursing, which, in turn, can lead to disciplinary sanctions by the board.

It’s very important to note that the nurse – not the patient – is the one responsible for determining and maintaining appropriate boundaries.

Violations of boundaries by a nurse can include:
sexual misconduct (verbal and/or physical)
• entering into a sexual or romantic relationship with a patient
• misuse of personal or confidential information
• communicating with a patient in a way that could be perceived as insulting, humiliating, or demeaning
• giving money to a patient or receiving money from a patient
• giving gifts to a patient or receiving gifts from a patient
• acting as a representative of a patient through a power of attorney
• hiding aspects of a relationship with a patient from others
• preferential care or time with a patient
• any type of behavior that isn’t consistent with the nurses’ standards of practice

Believe it or not, even if you accept a patient as a contact on social media, you could be violating a boundary.

Disciplinary sanctions for nursing boundary violations can range from a letter of concern to license revocation, depending on the type and number of violations.

If you’d like more information about violations of boundaries for nurses, please call us at (503) 232-9280, or e-mail moc.y1490533638enrot1490533638tases1490533638run@t1490533638catno1490533638c1490533638.

Please make note: The Keaney Law firm is located in Portland, Oregon, and we help nurses in Oregon and Washington with all aspects of nursing license defense, including: allegations, investigations, settlements, and appeals.