Reply To: professional boundaries

  • Angie Blackwell

    March 30, 2022 at 10:50 pm


    We also go in waves with boundary issues. We have provided some formal education by psychology and also have HR policies around boundaries and social media.

    This is such a difficult issue as there is a fine line between being a caring pediatric hem/onc nurse and boundary crossing, we never want to sound like we are telling our nurses not to have a therapeutic relationship with their patients/families. But we know how detrimental boundary crossings can be for the nurse, the patient/family and other nurses on the unit.

    Interested to hear what others say on this thread.



    Angie Blackwell, MSN, RN, ACCNS-P, CPON
    Clinical Nurse Specialist




    1201 W. La Veta   |  Orange, CA 92868




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    Original Message:
    Sent: 3/30/2022 10:56:00 AM
    From: Elissa Shulta
    Subject: professional boundaries

    Hi, All-

    I’m curious what other institutions do to address professional boundaries among staff…

    • Do you provide formal education on a regular basis?
    • Do you offer presentations and discussions?
    • Does your institution have policies related to specific boundaries?
    • How does your institution handle patient deaths? Do you allow the nurse caring for the patient to go home for the day? Are nurses able to have off for funerals? etc. 

    We go in waves here and are currently struggling with professional boundaries as a team. We have had external nursing leaders come to present and have offered a staff panel to discuss personal experiences with professional boundaries, but we are hoping to find another avenue to explore for discussing professional boundaries. 

    Any information would be greatly appreciated!


    Elissa Shulta, DNP,RN,CPHON
    Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Children’s Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
    United States