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Accepting a friend request on Facebook
I’m an NP who practises in a primary health care clinic. I have a personal Facebook page that I use to share photos of my new baby with my family and friends. Today, a client visited my Facebook page and sent me a “friend” request. Can I accept the request?
No. A nurse should not enter into a friendship or other personal relationship with a client. The focus of the nurse-client relationship must remain professional at all times.
Nurses are responsible for setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries in the therapeutic relationship and helping clients understand when their requests are beyond the limits of that relationship. You should explain to the client that you have a nurse-client relationship, not a social or personal relationship.
For more information, read the Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relationship practice standard.