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Test your knowledge of ethical and legal violations in our Professional Boundaries Quiz.
Professional Boundaries Quiz 
(21 questions total)
1. It is unlikely that the professional judgment of a nurse is affected when professional boundaries are crossed or breached.

2. Which of the following is NOT the  safest course of action for a nurse to take when she has violated professional boundaries with a person in her care?

3. Which of the following should a nurse NOT do when a person in her care displays sexual interest and behaviour towards her?

4. Which of following will NOT help avoid misunderstandings and inappropriate conduct by the nurse?

5. Which of following will NOT help avoid misunderstandings and inappropriate conduct by the nurse?

6. The misuse of power or a betrayal of trust, respect or intimacy between the nurse and client that the nurse knows may cause physical, emotional or spiritual harm to the client is:

7. The ability to explain rationale for actions taken that is consistent with the responsibility for which the nurse is contracted is:

8. The principle that outlines a person’s duty to act to benefit another is:

9. An action or behaviour that deviates from an established professional boundary in the nurse-client relationship is:

10. Actions, behaviours or thoughts which are warning signals that professional boundaries in a particular nurse-client relationship are in jeopardy or may already have been crossed is:

11. Actions or behaviours by a professional which use the relationship with the client to meet a personal need of the professional at the expense of the client is:

12. The ability to demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes of nurses beginning to practice is:

13. Verbal or non-verbal behaviours that may reasonably be perceived to demonstrate disrespect for the client and which are perceived by the client or others to be demeaning, seductive, exploitive, insulting, derogatory or humiliating is:

14. A breach of professional behaviour which results in unacceptable care or deliberate wrong-doing in care is:

15. Actions taken with or without the informed consent of the client that result in monetary, personal or other material benefit, gain or profit to the nurse, or in monetary or personal material loss for the client is:

16. Meaningful knowledge and understanding of another based on a relationship of trust is:

17. In the nurse-client relationship, intimacy is therapeutic, time-limited and client-focused.

18. Exhibiting behaviours towards clients that may be reasonably perceived by the client, nurses or others to be a breach of the professional’s duty of care is:

19. The duty to do no harm and to protect others from harm is:

20. A social relationship established and maintained by both parties for the purpose of mutual interest and pleasure is:

21. A relationship that is NOT established or maintained to provide professional care is:

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