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Mid Staffs nurses face fresh criticism after Facebook food fight

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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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  • rovergirl6@hotmail.com

    hello I am sorry to say that i find this appalling.this is the result of Nurses being educated in universities instead of being trained. A trained nurse would never think 9f behaving this way ,they regarded them selves as respectable .Lets get our nurses back.
    i believe that sending the soon to be nurses to universities was a ploy to cut down on training costs. When i was doing my training i got a living wage .the university nurses only get a bursary it is ridiculous to expect them to work for so little money. so you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

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  • While I agree that the training should go back to the "good old days" i dont feel that this incident has a reflection on how they were trained. This incident just goes to show how nurses these days have a lack of respect for themselves, there profession and there patients. Also lets not forget the breach of confidentiality. Lets get back to basics and care for our patients and watch our Ps & Qs

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  • I agree this is no reflection on where nurses are educated. In fact to be making a call for eduction to return to only a clinical setting is not a good idea if students are going to educated by nurses that behave this way.

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  • So you guys never put anyone in the bath at the end of their placement or if they were leaving the ward. You never played a practical prank on anyone. The duckings and the pranks were also part and parcel of the good old days and were a welcome relief in a stressful days hard manual work. Apple pie beds, going for a long stand, a bucket of steam and off to CSSD for some sterile fallopian tubes. Patients joined in the fun and played along if required.There were more pranks and bits of fun in the 'good old days' which could now be described as unprofesisonal behaviour than there is now.
    I dont think we are in a position to comment as we were not there. And clinical area could mean anywhere on the ward if you want it to - doesnt mean it was in patient view. It would need to be seen in context before you could judge. I am sure the management of the failing trust would welcome the discreditation of their staff as it removes the spot light of thier inadequate management and diverts the blame nicely onto 'unprofessional' clinical staff.
    (oh and for the record I do not work there and never have so there is no bais in my comments - just fair play to all)

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  • Nurses have traditionally played pranks on each other when someone is leaving but the issue here is where the incident took place and the use of nhs materials.

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  • Sandra nurses who go to university are trained and educated or is your argument that no trained nurses have entered the profession for the last ten years?

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  • This is truly a sad story in more ways than one. I have seen and heard many tales of 'nurses trained in the old way'and some of the 'pranks' they used to get up to to relieve the tension (and on night shifts) the boredom of their jobs. All of which, like this one were a harmless bit of fun intended to hurt nor upset anyone. Unfortunately in this day and age when nurses have striven to be recognised as professionals, and paid accordingly, this harmless fun seems to b#have become unacceptable to many. I workin the operating theatre and regularly take patients back to wards and units where too few nurses are caring for too many patients and are stressed and cross. After working like this for any length of time it would make anyone angry, frustrated and uncaring. So what that they were having a food fight ! As long as they cleared it up afterwards, what was the harm ? And as for it being a use of NHS resources, how much unpaid overtime had these two (and countless others) given to their trust over their careers ? Nrses are not Angels ! They are just people no matter how and where they trained, Yes, there are some nurses (and doctors, and managers, and porters etc... etc...) who are not fit to be in the job because they are cruel and uncaring, but there are many more who are just at the limits of their own physical and mental resources. Everyone needs a stress reliever, for me it's running, for others it's throwing food , two ODP's of my aquaintance fashioned a baseball bat and ball out of all kinds of stuff and would play up the theatre corridor or in recovery when it was quiet, no-one suffered. I agree that in light of the report on the Mid Staffs Trust, this photo was ill-timed, but let's keep it in perspective people !

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  • I apologise for the typos in the last comment,my laptop keyboard is a bit tempremental !

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  • I am angry with the first comment as I was educated at a university but I regard myself as an good staff nurse with good principles and would never dream of behaving in that way. I had no choice but to be trained in this way. This story is just a reflection of the individuals' characters and NOT the way they were trained. As nurses we are taught to treat everyone the same and not judge anyone, so generalising in this way is hypocritical.

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  • to Sandra Joyce Odell
    I was a mature Nurse Student 5 years ago and I do not consider myself to be a 'monkey'. I understand the need for evidence based practice and on placements would be told by nurses who had been nursing for many years, "the old ways are the best", or "forget everything they've taught you in university,this is how we do it here". To you Sandra Joyce Odell I say dont criticise nurse education. I feel very proud to be a nurse in the NHS and will always do my very best to care for my patients using best practice ,because the old ways are not always the best (research based).

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