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Ward off unwanted advances

Nurses are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment from patients, visitors or co-workers.

Sexual harassment in the workplace remains a taboo topic, especially in certain professions. Nurses are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment from patients, visitors or co-workers.

Here are five things to remember to protect yourself:

1. Address your role

Sexual harassment from patients can stem from their vulnerability while receiving care. Explain to patients in detail what your role is and that you are there to take care of them. Let them know that you understand their vulnerability, but that your focus is their wellbeing.

2. Voice your discontent

It is important to let the individual know that you do not appreciate their advances. Remaining silent or ignoring the person often only encourages them to continue. Use language that clearly indicates your discontent; words such as ‘offensive’ or ‘unwarranted’ will make your feelings clear.

3. Sexual harassment training Knowledge is a powerful

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