What is unprofessional conduct for nurses? Do you know how your state Nurse Practice Act (NPA) and state Board of Nursing regulations define unprofessional conduct or misconduct? You should.
In my experience, I have found the majority of unprofessional conduct from nurses in the workplace stems from dsyfunctional and unhealthy work environments. This happens when unhealthy and borderline conduct is tolerated over a period of months or years until The INCIDENT happens. This INCIDENT is allegedly so offensive and degrading that the nurse(s) may be terminated and reported to the state board of nursing or other regulatory agencies for a variety of alleged offenses.
The bottom line is to keep it professional in the workplace. I am all for making work wonderful and having fun in the workplace, but there are boundaries.
How do you draw the line between joking and playful behavior in the workplace and unprofessional conduct. Please keep in mind that what is considered "normal behavior" on a particular unit, floor, wing, or setting may not be the norm for professional nursing.
There will always be nurses who press the boundaries of normal behavior and conduct in the workplace because there will always be the "the good, the bad, and the ugly" behaving in every occupation and profession. However, you don't have to be that individual.
You are a professional, so keep it professional in the workplace, please. Tell me, are you working in an unhealthy and dysfunctional environment?