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Mid Staffs nurses face fresh criticism after Facebook food fight


Two nurses from Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust posted photos of themselves on Facebook having a food fight in a clinical area around a month after the trust received scathing criticism over standards from the Healthcare Commission.

Pictures of the incident, thought to have taken place last May, were posted on Facebook in December but removed soon after, when the trust found out.

Trust chief executive Antony Sumara said: “We will not tolerate unprofessional behaviour by any of our staff.

“As soon as we were made aware of the photos in December 2009 we launched an investigation and appropriate action was taken.

“The Facebook content was removed immediately and we issued a reminder to all our staff about the appropriate use of social networking sites.”


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  • Having read the article, I fail to see what university education has to do with the lack of respect that two members of staff had within their clinical area. I am currently a third year nursing student and so far having a food fight or playing a prank on staff members has not been taught during our lectures, however, respect, the need for knowledge and evidence based practice, compassion and what it takes to be a good quality nurse has been on the programme!!!!! I am proud of my university and what they have taught me during my last two years. My placement areas have been fantastic and have all linked to my education.

    The only people to blame for this clear lack of professional judgement is the two members of staff who committed the food fight and thought it was fun to break the NMC code of professional conduct for patient confidentiality!! Somehow through the ramblings that I have read this seems to have been forgotten. The only plus side is that the general consensus is that blaming universities is wrong! I am not a "monkey" as one kind person put it.

    I think that Sandra whatever her name is should be ashamed of herself!! Nurses are supposed to be non-judgemental clearly sandra does not know this!!!!!

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