Professional boundaries quiz II


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Test your knowledge of ethical and legal violations in our Professional Boundaries Quiz II.

This is part 2 of 4. Take the first test, and be sure to look for the other portions 3 and 4 coming soon!


Professional Boundaries Quiz II

A nurse is responsible for ensuring that professional caring and social relationships are not confused with one another.

Personal social relations provide significant healing benefits.

A nurse should never provide care to a client with which she has had a prior personal relationship.

Romantic or sexually intimate relationships are never appropriate during the course of a therapeutic professional relationship.

A nurse can have a personal relationship with a former client.

If a former nurse-client relationship was a psychotherapeutic one, the nurse must not engage in romantic or sexual relationships at any future point.

Boundary violations are issues of professional misconduct that must be reported in practice settings to protect client care.

Personal boundaries are the same for all clients.

Honest mistakes are less likely to turn into a boundary violation if the professional recognizes that a boundary has been breached and asks the client how their boundaries can best be protected.

Boundary violations can result in discipline in the work setting or by the professional association, and may be some cases be accompanied by criminal charges.

A sexual boundary has been breached when a nurse inappropriately uses words or actions of a sexual nature with a person in their care, members of the person’s immediate family, or with anyone else involved with the person’s care.

Ideas about what is intimate or appropriate are similar across cultures.

Breaches of sexual boundaries between a nurse and the person in their care does NOT  include:

Breaches of sexual boundaries between a nurse and the person in their care does NOT include:

Which of the following does NOT encourage sexualized behaviors?

There are many harmful consequences to people in the care of a nurse when sexual boundaries are violated.

A person under the care of a nurse may have to show personal information in order to be diagnosed and have treatment.

It is the client that influences the level of intimacy or physical contact during the therapeutic and diagnostic processes.

The client knows what is appropriate behaviour in diagnosis and treatment.

Nurses must not engage in any sexual activity with any person in their care or make any sexual advances verbally, physically or by innuendo.

It is acceptable for a nurse to engage in sexual activity with a person in her care provided that it is consensual and that it was initiated by the client.

It is not uncommon for a nurse to have sexual feelings towards a person in their care but acting on such feelings is always unprofessional and potentially damaging to the person the nurse is caring for.

Find Part 1 here.

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