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Considering Boundaries in Nursing: What the Staff Nurse Needs to Know

Catlin, Anita DNSc, FNP, FAAN

Section Editor(s): Catlin, Anita

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e3182a3fef6
Ethical Issues in Newborn Care

This article considers the ethics of boundaries and nursing practice. The nurse's role as a “carer” is reflected in the context of boundary setting, boundary crossing, and boundary violation. This issue is redeveloped within the new perspective of the nurse's use of social media and boundary crossing. National and international regulations are discussed and individual cases assessed. The Nurses Code of Ethics is used as a framework. The American Nurses Association material on social media is reviewed.

Ethics and Research, Kaiser Research and Redesign, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, California.

Correspondence: Anita Catlin, DNSc, FNP, FAAN, Ethics and Research, Kaiser Research and Redesign, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, CA 94589 (acatlin@napanet.net).

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2013 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses