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Professional Boundaries in Nursing

Online, self-paced CE course


Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 3.0 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Note: This course was formerly known as Respecting Professional Boundaries

Audience: This self-paced online CE course is designed for student nurses and nurses working in any practice setting who are committed to providing safe, competent, and ethical nursing care.

Protect your patients, your license and the profession.

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Understand your responsibility for establishing and maintaining professional boundaries in the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship, as well as the consequences of boundary crossings, boundary violations and professional sexual misconduct.

In this self-paced course, you will explore critical topics including:

  • The continuum of professional behavior
  • The challenge of dual relationships
  • Factors that contribute to boundary issues
  • Risk management strategies to prevent boundary issues

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course materials, earning 3.0 contact hours.

Sign up today to begin protecting your nurse patient boundaries!

Recognize warning signs and personal vulnerabilities.

Strengthen the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship as you master these course objectives:

  • Define the therapeutic relationship
  • Describe the continuum of professional behavior
  • Compare and contrast boundary crossings with boundary violations
  • Identify behaviors that may indicate vulnerability for a boundary crossing and/or boundary violation

Invest in your nursing license using our convenient online classroom.

  1. Watch and Learn  — Watch clips from the video developed just for this course: Professional Boundaries in Nursing video.

  2. Learn by doing — Explore “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids and key terms as you navigate through the course contents.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Answer quiz questions, reflect on your personal behavior in a private self-assessment,  and complete short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements.

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

At the end of the course, evaluate your understanding of key concepts by completing the posttest. A score of 75% or above is required to receive your contact hours!

Take your first step towards preventing and correcting boundary violations. Sign up for Professional Boundaries in Nursing Today!


This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

  • Susan H. Richmond, MSN, RN, NCSBN
  • LaTonia Denise Wright, RN, BSN, JD