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Caring for a friend

I’m a director of care at a long-term care home. A client who has recently been admitted is a friend of one of the nurses on staff. The nurse has asked that she be assigned to care for this client. Is it acceptable for this nurse to provide nursing care to her friend in this situation?

No. The nurse should not be assigned to care for her friend or family member unless there is no other care provider available. You can read more about this in the Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relationship practice standard (page 17). 

Page last reviewed August 11, 2017