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Dating dental hygienist

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Say you live in Washington State, and you find yourself getting to know and becoming attracted to your dental hygienist — or for that matter your optician (that's the person who fits your eyeglasses, based on the prescription provided by your optometrist). Let's see how some new Washington regulations treat this. Under Washington Administrative Code 246-16-020, your dental hygienist and your optician are "health care providers." This means that, under Washington Administrative Code 246-16-100, they "shall not engage, or attempt to engage, in sexual misconduct with a current patient." Sexual misconduct "includes but is not limited to" sex, kissing, "[h]ugging ... nature," "[s]uggesting or discussing the possibility of a dating, sexual or romantic relationship after the professional relationship ends," "[t]erminating a professional relationship for the purpose of dating or pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship," or "[m]aking statements regarding the patient['s] ...

Actually, can they start a relationship with you, even two years later?If it is the former, then gays should be free to marry their partners.If on the contrary there is not such right, then the Washington legislature can issue whatever restrictions that they deem appropiate on people marrying, as long as there is ANY rational argument for it.What is truly dangerous about laws like this is that they can end up being applied to whoever society deems as 'bad'.For instance in some jurisdictions you might expect it to be used disproportionatly against gays and lesbians. In short by covering such an overbroad swath in theory it becomes a law against 'bad' relationships which is much more damaging in the long term.Well, not if "(a) There is a significant likelihood that the patient ...

will seek or require additional services from the health care provider; or (b) There is an imbalance of power, influence, opportunity and/or special knowledge of the professional relationship." How should the hygienist or optician think this through?

All of this is a long-winded way of asking whether perhaps the regulatory authorities in practice choose not to go after a good many violations of these rules which come to their attention, if the relationships at issue meet with their approval.

I'm not sure of how one would go about investigating this, though.

He may not have nearly enough to threaten you or coerce you, but that's not the test; the question is just whether there's "an imbalance of ...

influence [or] opportunity." Does an optician making a comfortable living have influence and opportunity that's "balance[d]" with that of, say, someone who's working as a waitress for minimum wage? And if that's so, then that means the optician and waitress can'd date even after the two years have passed. And of course you can't transfer the patient to another caregiver so that the two-year clock starts ticking, since that would be "[t]erminating a professional relationship for the purpose of dating or pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship." 6. And if you're the professional involved, don't just worry that these rules will apply to you only if the patient (or the other "key party" involved) complains.

If you're golden, you can get away with a lot more before any formal regulatory action will be initiated against you.