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Iv'e not diared before but feel compelled to do so. I burst into tears yesterday upon hearing of the apparent suicide of the nurse involved in the Australian phone prank. I have been a RN for 30 years and I am we'll acquainted with the difficulties ensuring privacy for my patients. I have had neighbors, acquaintances, even strangers try to manipulate information from me regarding patients in my care and those are just normal everyday people. I can imagine being blinded by the thought one is actually conversing with the Queen might cause one's defenses to lapse.

I also think about the way the media has probably hounded that poor woman the last few days and others who have no experience with these issues were quick to blame. I am also fully aware how ruthless other nurses can be to each other. We have a reputation for "eating our own" that is, unfortunately true in many instances.

I therefore call upon all you nurses out there to have empathy and kindness for each other. Support each other when mistakes are made. I know we like to think we are perfect, but that is hardly the case.

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  •  Even though I'm not a nurse, I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

    totally. And the horrible irony, as I understand it, is that this poor woman was not the person who gave out the confidential information - she merely took the call and transferred it to the person who did so. Yet she was the one who was spotlighted.

    There is no justice here.

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    by jan4insight on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:23:49 AM PST

  •  I blame the security services (0+ / 0-)

    I too feel terrible about this awful tragedy - and I blame whoever was in charge of security at the hospital for the Princess.  Surely they should have established a strict protocol for a private line of communication between the family and the Princess, and made it rigidly clear that no calls from the switchboard would ever be connected to the patient or her nurses.  

    •  Good points. (0+ / 0-)

      How did an outside call get transferred to a nurse connected with the patient anyway?
      At least in the US you can't be connected to a patient's room phone or nurse through the switch board.  Because that would be the switch board in effect giving out protected info by acknowledging that the person being asked about is a patient there.

      I am guessing that that is pretty much the same in Britain and in Australia.
      Did these DJ's break the law either of Britain or of Australia by trying to breach laws protecting patient privacy?

  •  We all should support nurses. (0+ / 0-)

    They support us 24/7

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 04:37:12 PM PST

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