In some clinical settings, the client may be referred to as a patient or resident.

In research, the client may be referred to as a participant.

Professional intimacy is inherent in the type of care and services that nurses provide. The Health Professions Act, Section 26 states that professional misconduct includes sexual misconduct, unethical conduct, infamous conduct and conduct unbecoming a member of a health profession.

It may relate to the physical activities, such as bathing, that nurses perform for, and with, the client that creates closeness. CRNBC Bylaws define sexual misconduct as professional misconduct involving sexual intercourse or other forms of physical sexual relations between a registrant and a patient, touching, of a sexual nature, of a patient by a registrant, or behaviour or remarks of a sexual nature by a registrant towards a patient; but does not include touching, behaviour and remarks by a registrant towards a patient that are of a clinical nature appropriate to the service being provided.

Consider the amount of time that has passed since the professional relationship ended; how mature and vulnerable the former client is; whether the former client has any impaired decision-making ability; the nature, intensity, and duration of the nursing care that was provided; and whether the client is likely to require your care again.

Be careful about accepting a token gift from a client.

Consider the difference between being friendly and being friends.

Be cautious in forming a personal relationship with a former client.

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Nurses who put their personal needs ahead of their clients' needs misuse their power.

The nurse who violates a boundary can harm both the nurse-client relationship and the client.

Do not discuss clients (even anonymously or indirectly) or share client pictures on social media sites or in any public forum.