Consensual relationships should be allowed, but written policies against sexual harassment and discrimination must be in place and available to all employees, with methods for reporting and procedures for handling complaints clearly spelled out.Zero-tolerance is not necessary where and when adults understand what they are getting into, have seen the persons they are involved with under conditions of extreme duress, and are attracted to those individuals.It’s easy to understand how strong relationships can develop in hospitals.
At the same time, it is important that relationship communication and affectionate displays take place outside the workplace.
“We have received some very disturbing complaints about physicians showing favoritism to certain nurses, or nurses and physicians carrying on tense and destructive interactions following romantic relationships that went sour,” the hospital president, Dr. “Such issues corrode collegial relationships and teamwork, and, ultimately, it’s the patients who suffer.
That’s unacceptable if we are committed to putting patient care first, not to mention the morale of our employees and the standard of professionalism that we want to maintain.” Dr.
Working well together is satisfying, and respect for one another can grow to a friendship and then a romance.
But the intense developing stages of a relationship can distract the romantic partners from patient care, and, if the relationship falls apart and becomes hostile, patient care suffers all the more.