I’ve been asked several ‘ethical dilemmas’ in the past few weeks. I’m putting them up on Shrink Rap, but please don’t get hung up on the details. These aren’t my patients, but the details of the stories are being distorted to disguise those involved. The question, in both cases, boils down to: Should the mental health professional report the patient to his professional board?
In the first case, a psychiatrist is treating a nurse who is behaving badly. The nurse is stealing controlled substances from the hospital and giving them to friends who ‘need’ them. She doesn’t intend to stop, and her contact with the psychiatrist was only for an appointment or two before she ended treatment. Should the psychiatrist contact the state’s nursing board? Is he even allowed to?
In the second case, Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Shrink Rap*