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Conflict of Interest


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You are an LPN working in a residential care facility. The family of a resident tells you they are looking for a foot care service. You happen to own a private foot care business. How should you respond?

A: Provide them with a list of all the foot care services in their area.

Correct! LPNs identify and seek to avoid actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest. LPNs do not refer clients from their employment-related contacts to their private business. (See Principles 4 and 8 in BCCNP’s Conflict of Interest Practice Standard.)

B: Provide them with your business information and ask them to call when you are off duty.

That’s not correct. LPNs do not refer clients from their employment-related contacts to their private business. LPNs avoid any behaviour, which may place their private interest ahead of the public interest and professional duties. (See Principles 8 and 3 in BCCNP’s Conflict of Interest Practice Standard.)

C: Provide them with your friend’s foot care business card.

That’s not correct. LPNs fully and accurately disclose any relationships, affiliations, or financial or personal interests that may create a conflict of interest. (See Principle 2 in BCCNP’s Conflict of Interest Practice Standard.)

D: Ask your manager for permission to give the family your business card.

That’s not correct. LPNs avoid any behaviour, which may place their private interest ahead of the public interest and professional duties. LPNs do not refer clients from their employment-related contacts to their private business. (See Principles 3 and 8 in BCCNP’s Conflict of Interest Practice Standard.)

If you have a private business where you provide services such as foot care, respite care or personal care, do not discuss your services with clients you meet through other employment. If you have a private business, be aware that BCCNP Marketing Bylaws prevent you from promoting your services in any way that is false, inaccurate, misleading, unverifiable or contrary to the public interest. Please see BCCNP’s Conflict of Interest Practice Standard for more information.​​​​

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