What You See May Not Be What You Get: Beware of Patients Bearing Gifts
Journal of law and medicine 2010 Dec; 18(2): 268-74
The professional boundaries of practice for nurses and midwives are specifically addressed in professional codes of ethics and conduct, employer policies and guidelines and more frequently in the professional literature. There are many forms in which boundary violations and boundary crossings may present or circumstances in which they may occur. This column considers a recent case (involving a bequest to a registered nurse under a will) which came before the Queensland Nursing Tribunal. The decisions of the tribunal, the District Court and the Court of Appeal provide practical guidance to nurses and midwives on the importance of establishing and maintaining the professional boundaries essential to the therapeutic relationship with their patients and clients.
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