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‘Yes, indeed, but I would also have made the decision that nursing wasn’t for me,’ he argues.
In the same month as Ms Wilson’s case was heard the Council of Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) – the body that oversees the NMC and other healthcare regulators – released stringent new rules on what is and is not acceptable behaviour.
The new guidance states that: ‘A breach of sexual boundaries occurs when a healthcare professional displays sexualised behaviour towards a patient or carer’.
The CHRE makes it clear that any form of sexualised behaviour with a current patient is unacceptable.
It also revealed that nurse/patient relationships are probably a lot more common than regulators would like to think.
While less than 1% of survey respondents confessed to having a sexual relationship with a current patient themselves, 16% said they knew a colleague who had done so.
That said, some nurses believe that making the code of conduct more stringent, rather than less so, may help nurses to make the right decision when faced with such situations.