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Nurses risk breaking rules on relationships

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Almost one in ten nurses think it is acceptable to start a relationship with a current patient, a survey by NT has revealed.

This suggests that nurses are running the risk of regulatory sanctions. The poll of 3,650 nurses found 9% thought that in some circumstances love could be a justification for starting a relationship with a current patient.

Up to 16% said they knew of a colleague who had started a sexual relationship with a patient during the time that person was in their care, and 6% admitted that they themselves had at some time been on a date with a current patient.

The findings come despite guidance from the NMC and its overseeing body, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, stating that such behaviour is never acceptable (NT News, 22 January, p8).

Read more in-depth coverage on the survey findings in this week’s NT.

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