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Letter: The appropriate ethical standard

I would like to applaud NHTI for holding its students to the appropriate ethical standard (“A question of ethics,” Sunday Monitor front page, Dec. 9).

In asking a staff member if she could keep the scrubs, Heather Stickney disregarded her professor’s instruction in professional conduct. The very idea of obtaining a “memento,” as if from a tourist destination, violates the trust that the focus should be on the patient, not on the staff, and certainly not on the student nurse.

It was not apparent anywhere in the article that Stickney took any responsibility for this “misunderstanding,” only that she seemed to feel that her having “exceptional” clinical skills put her above not only the accepted rules of the profession, but the law.

One nurse’s behavior has the power to harm the whole profession.

I hope that no nurse is admitted into the profession without a clear understanding of that important responsibility.

ERIN STEWART, RN, MSN

Concord

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