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Case Study

A question of boundaries

In her new role as a home care nurse, Peta finds herself spending more time with an elderly couple. They remind her of her grandparents and they seem to enjoy her company. Can she do a favour for her favourite clients?

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Frequently Asked Question

Nurse-client relationships


Sometimes we buy our patients gifts and cake for their birthdays and wonder if this is appropriate. What should we consider?


Gift giving is a complex issue and can blur boundaries. Giving token gifts as a group may be acceptable. When deciding, discuss with your colleagues and consider:

  • The intent of the gift
  • The implications of singling out clients
  • If a gift could be seen as an attempt to create a special relationship
  • Any agency policy about giving and receiving gifts.

Developing unit guidelines for celebrating client birthdays would provide direction.

Refer to the Boundaries in the Nurse-Client Relationship practice standard for further guidance.

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