• Fact Sheet
  • July 1, 2019

Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Behavior PLS Course Detail

Professional standards of care and personal ethics typically prevent inappropriate relationships from developing. However, inappropriate behavior can occur when the health care provider–patient relationship develops into a personal relationship. Regardless of the context or length of interaction, the therapeutic provider–patient relationship protects the patient's dignity, autonomy and privacy and allows for the development of trust and respect. (NCSBN) In order to develop trust and practice in a manner consistent with professional expectations, health care professionals should institute and maintain professional boundaries.

Key Features
  • This course provides a framework for guidelines regarding current issues in professional relationships, including the potential influence of social media and nurse/family relationships and provides learners with opportunities to categorize the boundaries these situations present.


  • Define therapeutic relationships between health care providers and those under their care.
  • Discuss the continuum of professional behavior and consequences of boundary crossings.
  • Describe professional obligations required of the health care professional when participating in social media networking.
  • Demonstrate behaviors with patients and families that reflect the concepts of therapeutic relationships.

Quick Facts

  • Released on Oct. 4, 2017
  • Approved for 0.7 CNE and 1 CRCE contact hours