NURSES have been banned from flirting with patients under a new set of professional-ethics guidelines introduced to hospitals across NSW.
Also forbidden under the code are sexual innuendo, "off-colour" jokes and using offensive language.
Having spent some time in hospitals in recent years I can't believe what I'm reading. Light banter between nurses and patients is common, it lightens things up, when things are not conducive to a laughter.
The guidelines, which carry disciplinary measures, were drawn up by the newly created Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and have been issued to all nursing staff.
Nurses have been warned that discussing personal problems, feelings of sexual attraction or aspects of their personal life with patients could be interpreted as sexual violations.
God forbid that nurses could be seen as normal people. TheAustralian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency must be crazy!
The rules state sexual misconduct is an "extremely serious violation of the nurse's professional responsibility to the person in their care", and could result in dismissal.
Even if a patient consents or initiates sexual conduct, it is the nurse's responsibility to maintain a professional boundary.
Failing to recognise the development of an attraction of a sexual nature is considered sexual misconduct or assault. Perhaps they should do away with first names and just have numbers.............