Hospital reveals details to prankster pretending to the The Queen - page 6

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The hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has released private details about her condition to two prank callers from an Australian radio station. More: I bet the Nurse in question is feeling pretty bad but seriously?... Read More


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    Quote from Cedeno
    I heard the prank call. The nurse sounded rather nervous. Is it possible that she didn't want to question it because "the Queen" had been patched through? Could she lose her job, you think? :<
    Heard the prank call for the first time on ABC news and must say the girl pretending to be HM wasn't very good at all. I mean The Queen may have toned down her RP accent over the years but she certainly does not have an Australian one.

    Upshot from much of the news coverage this evening from both the UK interviews and USA reporters is that the nurse in question if anything was doing what the profession is supposed to be about, caring for and wishing to help others. Her fellow nurses are devastated, that a forty-five year old or so woman could have been driven to this by a prank is more than some of them can stand.
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    Sad news,

    These pranksters should have SERIOUS repercussions.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Don't understand this one bit. The nurse in question was the mother of two small children, surely it must have crossed her mind as to what would become of them without her.

    Reading between the lines, and am *NOT* making any sort of negative racial thing, but the nurse may have been Asian or Phillipine. Maybe she simply felt such shame and guilt about being part of the prank that she "lost face" as now forever being associated with this prank.

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    It says the nurse who put the call through was working the switchboard. Why is a professional nurse working as a telephone operator in this day and age? Thought that went out ages ago.
    Are you serious! Are you actually going to play a race card here? Have some respect for the parted.
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    Quote from tyvin
    Are you serious! Are you actually going to play a race card here? Have some respect for the parted.
    I said I WASN'T attempting nor suggested RACE had anything to with this other than the nurse's *perhaps* cultural upbringing causing her to feel shame at having let hospital and patient down.

    And before you start there is such a thing as feeling intense shame and or guilt in some cultures when something happens on your watch even if you weren't directly responsible. The head of Toyota Motors made a public display of humliation/regret/shame in wake of several fatal accidents involving cars made by his company. When was the last time you saw the head of GM, Ford or any other major US corporation rising to that level.

    End of discussion
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    i guess i'm the only one who heard about this prank and thought 'as if you'd give out confidential details over the phone! as if the queen would just ring you and be like "oh hi, this is the queen, how's katie?"!'

    the newest royal is admitted to your hospital, and your hospital deals with royals from time to time, you should be even more wary of ANY phone call. if i was in that position i would be assuming every phone call was a trick, because it's not just a couple of aussie radio announcers who'll stoop low, media all over the world will do some very dirty thing to get a story. i would be putting every call onto my superiors, or the media relations people, or.. ANYONE BUT ME!

    i was incredibly surprised that her hospital stood behind her. i know mine wouldn't have.

    of course, i sound like an awful person saying all this now that she has apparently suicided over it. it's absolutely terrible that she was so ashamed of her foolishness that she has taken that route, but yes, she was foolish to fall for such a lame prank when she should have been so much more savvy.

    and to the poster above me, i don't think the post you were responding to was 'playing the race card'. i too think that she was probably a foreign nurse working in the UK. based only on the fact that she's a nurse, with 2 kids, living in nurses quarters. i'm guessing her family is somewhere else and she was working to support them. That said, i don't think her race, gender, family situation, smoking status, sexuality, how many vowels in her name, age or height have anything at all to do with anything at all.
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    When I first heard this story, my first thought was, "some poor nurse is getting hell for this"; Never expected that the nurse in question would be pushed over the edge by it, but when you think about it, we have no clue what people are dealing with internally, and a kind word or a cruel one from a stranger sometimes is all it takes. I don't know about anyone else, but to me that was a wakeup call to pay attention to what I say or do every day. RIP Jacinta.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Head of the hospital isn't saying what or if anything will happen to the chatty nurse, but did defend his staff by saying they are trained in patient care, not to deal with media tricks.
    With all due respect, this was not a 'trick' that is specific to the media. It is fairly common to have someone pretend they are someone else when calling about pt information.
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    Quote from Ntheboat2
    My first thought when reading the article was:

    "Recovering from acute morning sickness?"

    WHAT???

    People get admitted to the hospital for that? When that happened to me, I went to work.

    And people are scared to death that poor people might be able to see a doctor when they're sick. Geezus.
    Well, my first day as a nurse (yes, very first day on orientation as an RN) I was caring for a patient with hyperemesis gravid arum. We were barely touching her emesis (this was a thoracic surgery step-down floor...she was a 'over flow' pt from OB) as we were not used to dealing with it. With her repeated, intractable vomiting, her K was dropping into the low 3s high 2s, we had major access problems, IV team was giving us grief about starting a PICC line, and she was throwing couplets. All turned out OK, but it was not fun.
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    Think it is mentioned in like I posted above that the husband and children of the nurse are in the London area (Brompton?), and were brought down/informed not long after events unfolded.

    Considering this nurse only put the call through to the dss of C's room don't see how hard the hospital could have come down upon her. If anything a larger portion of the blame IMHO goes to the chatty private nurse to Kate that started babbling on about her patient's condition. If she had simply said nothing and or hung up the telephone there wouldn't have been a story beyond the pranksters getting beyond the first "firewall" as it were.
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    It is easy for us to say what we would do in this situation, but fact is we were not in this situation. Yes, I understand HIPAA and etc. However, there were times when I had sick patients in the ICU and the closet family member was a thousand miles away, do you think the social worker and doc didn't take their word that they were who they said they were? Um, think again.
    I don't care if Christ Himself came asking for info. No permission, no info.

    **PS: I work at a facility where military members from all over the world come for treatment, many of their families being thousands of miles away. I care for politicians, military leaders, and VIPS aplenty. I understand more than ever the pressure on that nurse, but what she did was still wrong.**


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