The following case scenarios are adapted with permission from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), Boundaries and Sexual Abuse Case Studies (2018). These case scenarios show the judgement involved in maintaining appropriate boundaries with patients. The cases can be used as a teaching tool for nursing students, nurses and others involved in the profession.
Boundary Crossings and Violations
Sexual Abuse and Duty to Report
Scenario 9 – Professionalism and language
Scenario 10 – Consent and boundary violation
Scenario 11 – Colleague’s duty to report
Scenario 12 - Determining if a nurse-patient relationship exists (1)
Scenario 13 - Determining if a nurse-patient relationship exists (2)