It is clearly possible to have a great relationship with a coworker.I have many friends who have been in long happy relationships with people they work with.Any other relationship (friend, lover, business) can cause a conflict-of-interest between that relationship and the clinical relationship.And so, clinicians are barred from having any other relationship with their patients.But, once you get together romantically, you might discover the person is actually a commitment-phobe, or a serial monogamist, or isn't that funny after all. But if you realize that this is the fourth time you've gotten romantically involved with a coworker, not only should you expand your dating pool, but think hard how this could be affecting your career path. Some things are universal don'ts, like dating someone you work with. So is there anyway to make a romantic relationship and a career thrive in the same place?Find out what the policy is on inter-office dating.
The idea is that when a clinician treats a patient, they now have a doctor-patient relationship between them.Before you get seriously involved with someone, check with your human resources department and make sure you aren't breaking any rules. Besides the fact that it's completely unprofessional, it can make your coworkers feel uncomfortable.