First, to begin with the prank. I personally don’t care how you justify it—the whole thing was in poor taste. I’ve learned from my mother, who works in health care, a lot more about confidentiality and HIPPA laws than I did from my studies in college (on Social Work and Human Services, so everything overlapped). Ethics violations are very serious indeed, and it’s amazing to me how people just don’t think. True, pranks have been around for years—but there are certain pranks that should never even be entertained. Those that involve calling hospitals or similar facilities are on the top of the list. Such behavior was simply inexcusable.
To be fair, the staff or workers at the hospital were obviously uninformed, or underinformed… and that sort of thing is also inexcusable.
No one thing led to this catastrophe. Every situation is a combination of smaller situations, or events, or however you want to put it. Perhaps, instead of pinning the blame on just a few individuals, it should be shared equally – and, if not, there shouldn’t be any finger pointing at all.
My heart is with all those effected by the tragedy, and I withhold judgment—or, at least, try. Whatever opinions I have are just that, opinions—and, you could even say, value judgments—but the fact is I wasn’t there. And not being a part of the situation makes it imperative that I not come down on anyone. Even so, as I said, I make value judgments, for the situation screams “ethics violation” and “poor taste.”
One more note: all the legal nonsense is just… unbelievable. These people should be *ashamed of themselves!
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