Sexual activity is defined in the document as words, behaviour or actions by a health professional towards a patient, family member or carer which might be interpreted as sexually motivated.The guidance says cases will be judged "individually".Practice Standards set out requirements related to specific aspects of nurses' practice.
The guidance lists unacceptable behaviour and states that health professionals must establish and maintain clear sexual boundaries.
Examples include the nurse disclosing personal information to reassure the patient or accepting gifts from the patient.
Home health nurses may help patients with tasks outside their job description, such as washing dishes or doing laundry.
A client's dignity, autonomy and privacy are kept safe within the nurse-client relationship.
Within the nurse-client relationship, the client is often vulnerable because the nurse has more power than the client.