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tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 8:23PM
Though highly unlikely, it is possible that the two events(I know one is very sad), are totally unconnected

I reserve judgement, until the full facts are revealed

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wasper e2
8 532 1 Ireland
7 Dec 2012 9:26PM

Quote:It is tragic, but i dont agree the prank was 'heartless'. It certainly backfired, and didnt go as expected, but i am sure nobody ever intended for this to happen.

I think the training of the nurses has to be questioned too though, if they are making simple mistakes such as revealing patient details over the phone. The poor woman made an error and unfortunately it seems she could not cope with that. It was a prank in this case, but what if it was a reporter calling?


My sentiment too.
scrimmy e2
6 379 5 Scotland
7 Dec 2012 9:40PM

Quote:I think the training of the nurses has to be questioned too though


I much rather nurses are trained in medicine rather than how to answer the phone
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
7 Dec 2012 9:52PM

Quote:I think the training of the nurses has to be questioned too though, if they are making simple mistakes such as revealing patient details over the phone. The poor woman made an error and unfortunately it seems she could not cope with that. It was a prank in this case, but what if it was a reporter calling?


If it had been a reporter calling the chances are he would not of got any information, nurses are trained in nursing not security but there not stupid, what if it really had been the Queen and she refused to take the call.

Dammed if you do, dammed if you don`t Sad
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
7 Dec 2012 10:13PM
I take all calls, just in case it's the Queen, one never knows.Wink
tpfkapm 3 151 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 10:34PM
Bottom line is you do not give info over the phone. But what a waste to terminate yourself I've an indescretion. Journalist try this all the time
tpfkapm 3 151 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 10:34PM
Over an indescretion
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
7 Dec 2012 10:44PM

Quote:Bottom line is you do not give info over the phone. But what a waste to terminate yourself I've an indescretion. Journalist try this all the time


The bottom line is, she didn`t, all she gave was general info.
dcash29 9 2.0k England
8 Dec 2012 9:21AM
Was the hospital really backing her?
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
8 Dec 2012 10:32AM
I feel she must have had some other problems in her life. Putting through a phone call is such a small thing to get so distraught about. Her poor kids.
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
8 Dec 2012 2:30PM

Quote:I feel she must have had some other problems in her life. Putting through a phone call is such a small thing to get so distraught about. Her poor kids.

Exactly.
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
8 Dec 2012 3:16PM
People handle (or fail to handle) things in different ways. What may seem like a trivial mistake to one person looms large as a catastrophe to another. I know that I mentally beat myself up severely when a screw-up of mine affects other people. And yes, seemingly little things can also be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back.
jondf 8 2.7k
8 Dec 2012 3:22PM

Quote:I feel she must have had some other problems in her life. Putting through a phone call is such a small thing to get so distraught about. Her poor kids.


Oh well, I expect those that peddle tactics of shock (media, alternative comedians etc.) will see the whole thing as fair game. They'll deal in trivia, hysteria and lies to get your attention and thereby boost sales/ratings figures. It may be that this poor lady did have other pressing problems but to undermine and trivialise her professional position in this way was a horrible invasion of her environment and the job she was trying to do. The perpetrators have been offered counselling apparently. How immaterial is that in comparison to what this poor woman's family now have to come to terms with?
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
8 Dec 2012 3:29PM
Bear in mind too that the recording of the hoax was still available to the public even after the rather half-hearted apologies from the radio station and the presenters who perpetrated the hoax. In this Telegraph article , it states that the nurse was "in her own words, “a very nervous person” and friends said she would have been “hit badly” by the prank, which would have “played on her mind”." Knowing that what she probably felt was a hugely humiliating mistake was still being aired over and over again , globally, could only have made it harder for her to cope with. Add to that, the "apology" may have made things worse, stating as it did "...we were very surprised that our call was put through, we thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents." To me, that reads like "it's not our fault, we knew it was a prank and so should everybody else".
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
8 Dec 2012 5:37PM
Well I still think she must have been under some other stresses. After all, all she did was put a prank call through to another nurse, without even commenting on anything herself. I can imagine her feeling humiliated etc. but how can that be so awful to bear compared with leaving your children motherless?

I do think the aussies were crass and stupid but the consequence does seem to be totally unfathomable. I'm not judging. Just saying how I see it. But none of us know the whole circumstances so there's no point in conjecture. What's done is done. Let's hope people think about their actions a bit more in future.

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