Nurse-Patient Relationship Boundary Violations in Home Care

July 2, 2015 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Violations of the nurse-patient relationship, which can range from the seemingly innocuous to the egregious, can compromise the care provided, especially in home care, according to a literature review in the June 2015 Home Healthcare Now. Such violations occur when nurses, intentionally or unintentionally, use their relationship with patients to meet a personal need; boundary crossings occur when nurses deviate from established practice for some perceived therapeutic purpose.

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