Hiya Meg how are you.
I would have to disagree with you on this case as reading the news reports, this nurse did not attempt to follow the correct channels for whistle blowing, she didn't report to her seniors, or the trust managers. She was employed for the sole purpose of exposing poor conditions rather than trying to address them by other means.
The patients that were shown in the documentary were elderly and very vulnerable, she abused their trust and her position as a nurse by failing to gain consent from them to be filmed. She failed to assist colleagues when a patient was unwell and deteriorating because it would have interfered with her filming.
The UK nursing and midwifery code of professional conduct
is very clear about patient confidentiality, about working collaboratively with other members of staff in the best interests of the patients and also about a nurses responsibility to report conditions that are not conducive to good care. She breeched many of the rules within the code of conduct and the council would have had no alternative than to remove her from the register.
Just as an additional bit of information, the Nursing and midwifery council is not accountable to any one hosptial, it is the UK's regulatory nursing body, they would have had no reason to cover up and will gain nothing from the result of this hearing. Their job is to maintain professional standards and patient safety and in this case this is what they are doing.
We have procedures for whistle blowing in the UK, and employees are protected under law if they use these policies, they are not always effective and there is some frustration when outcomes are not what you want but this nurse did not even attempt to use one of the policies set in place for this purpose.