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March 23, 2008

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Jack Stem

I'm always amused and amazed that people seem to think we can separate our private selves from our public selves. I heard someone say how we conduct ourselves "at home" in our personal life reveals who we REALLY are, not the mask we wear in our public/professional life. I think this is a result of "situational ethics" or "the ends justify the means" thinking.

I'm sure very few nurses have ever read the Code of Ethics. The statement I like the most:

"The code of ethics establishes the ethical for the profession. It is not negotiable in any setting."


latonia

I am sorry to hear about your issues with your husband. I think you are personally what you are professionally. If you are a liar and thief in your personal life (or vice versa) at some point it will affect your professional life because the two are not mutually exclusive. Take care of yourself.

Terry

I agree with this comment wholeheartedly. I am married to an advanced practice nurse in ohio. He lacks integrity and ethical conscience. My spouse is a liar and cheat and how that has impacted his working career is; boundary violations, theft of medications, power struggles that involve patient care, violating confidentialtiy practices and other narcasisstic traits that have spilled over into his "practice" of nursing.
I also am a nurse and I would not dream of violating patient rights and crossing boundaries as he has. It is sad that the last affair he had was with a nurse that has gone down the dark path with him.
This ethical statement rings very true for myself, nursing for me is a lifestyle, not a job.

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