Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries in Nursing Education

Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries in Nursing Education

In this presentation, the concept of professional boundaries will be explored, especially the development and maintenance of professional boundaries as related to effective classroom management. Professional boundaries in the faculty-student relationship will be compared to professional boundaries in the nurse-patient relationship. The effect of not maintaining professional boundaries on faculty and students alike in all nursing education settings will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how the use of professional boundaries is related to effective classroom management
  • Compare and contrast professional boundaries between nurse and patient to professional boundaries between faculty and student
  • Describe how a lack of professional boundaries could affect students in the classroom, lab, and clinical


Agnes M. DiStasi, DNP, RN, CNE

Dr. Agnes DiStasi has been an RN for 35 years with specialty areas in medical/surgical nursing, pain management, and gerontological nursing. She has more than 25 years of experience in nursing education, having taught at the LPN-RN, Diploma, ADN, BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN levels. She has developed curricula for BSN, MSN, and DNP programs and has led program assessment and evaluation activities. Dr. DiStasi has been an advocate of active learning strategies, and has been an integral part of the shift to active learning in nursing education through presentations at national, state, and local conferences and meetings. Dr. DiStasi’s primary interests in nursing education include the socialization of adjunct clinical instructors to the nurse faculty role, concept-based curriculum development, active learning, and overall faculty development regarding the relationship between teaching and learning, program assessment, program evaluation, and accreditation. Dr. DiStasi is a Certified Nurse Educator. She earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Cincinnati, and her DNP from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.