Practice Standards set out requirements related to specific aspects of nurses' practice.
They link with other standards, policies and bylaws of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia, the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia, and all legislation relevant to nursing practice. The nurse-client relationship is conducted within boundaries that separate professional and therapeutic behaviour from non-professional and non-therapeutic behaviour.
A client's dignity, autonomy and privacy are kept safe within the nurse-client relationship.
Within the nurse-client relationship, the client is often vulnerable because the nurse has more power than the client.
The nurse has influence, access to information, and specialized knowledge and skills.
This is true particularly in small communities where nurses may have both a personal and a professional role.
Employers that provide education, supervision and support related to boundary issues will help staff recognize and resolve problems in the early stages.
Nurses use professional judgment to determine the appropriate boundaries of a therapeutic relationship with each client.
The nurse — not the client — is always responsible for establishing and maintaining boundaries.
Nurses do not engage in any activity that results in inappropriate financial or personal benefit to themselves or loss to the client.
Inappropriate behaviour includes neglect and/or verbal, physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse.