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Professional Boundaries

Read about professional boundaries in nursing.


The need for maintaining appropriate boundaries arises from the nature of the nurse-client relationship.  Like other professional relationships, the client places his or her confidence in the nurse who possesses special knowledge, expertise, and authority.  In addition, the client is vulnerable in so far as he or she has a nursing care need which the nurse has the ability to meet.  It is imperative that the nurse be aware of this power differential and ensure that the nurse’s actions are intended to meet the nursing care
needs of the client.

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