NMC STANDARDS OF PURITY REVEALED!
The unelected Establishment mouthpiece which trades as the NMC would so gag nurses on essential issues that the only comments they could post online would be be ones that the STASI ‘thought police’ of the former East German Republic would have allowed. Their gagging code states that nurses and midwives must ‘uphold the reputation of your profession at all times” (NMC 2008), while students must “uphold the reputation of your chosen profession at all times” (NMC 2009a). This means that conduct online and conduct in the real world should be judged in the same way, and should be at a similar high standard. Nurses and midwives will put their registration at risk, and students may jeopardise their ability to join our register, if they:
• Share confidential information online.
• Post inappropriate comments about colleagues or patients.
• Use social networking sites to bully or intimidate colleagues.
• Use social networking sites in any way which is unlawful’.
If a nurse posts a generalised comment, not naming anyone, about poor nursing in the hospital or care home they work in, would that constitute sharing confidential information? Apparantly so, for NURSINGS’ MIND CONTROL guidelines also state:
• ‘Do not discuss work-related issues online, including conversations about patients or complaints about colleagues. Even when anonymised, these are likely to be inappropriate’. How, then, is poor nursing care to become a more widely discussed issue – one which attracts more public debate? Anonomysed reporting of poor care by those who observe it is the very life-line of informing the public. Blog after blog carry comments written anonomously by patients’ relatives about disgusting standards of care and endemic short staffing. Why should nurses who observe similar standards of care not be expected to raise these issues to as wide an audience as possible? Surely this would ‘uphold the reputation of your chosen profession’ by putting the nurse on the side of patients, which is what I thought was the essence of nursing, and not on the side of the profession, which is run as a Stasi tyranny by unelected Establisment mouthpieces. A nurse has a primary duty to the patient, as a doctor to theirs, not to any code which solely seeks to protect the professions’ ruling class. Their responsibility is not to their professional body, but to the body in the bed.
In many American States, it is a mandatory duty to report bad care directly to the police. In that country, hidden cameras have revealed nurses routinely not caring for patients, not giving them drinks or medication, etc., and has resulted in criminal prosecutions – it is a felony to misuse State funds. Why do NURSINGS’ MIND CONTROL advocate that complaints procedures should go through an in-house process? Why are cameras used to ‘protect’ NHS A&E staff and not patients? Why is nursing so suffocated by secrecy? Who are you protecting? The patient? I suggest not. If a nurse sees poor care being routinely given, why should they not publish it to the world? Why should they not, in an anonomised way – not naming patients or staff – shout out their concerns through a magaphone at their hospital or nursing home gate? Or, would this be seen as bullying or intimidation of colleagues, who, when passing the nurse with the megaphone, might feint and require smelling salts, as neurotic ladies of old? Why do the ruling class of nursing so seek to gag the working class of nursing? It is because nursings’ hierarchy reflect the hierarchial class structure of Britain, which is subject to some of the most draconian anti-union and anti-free speech laws in the world. You want to promote a false image, my dear NURSINGS’ MIND CONTROL, as if on the washing line of nursing there hangs only the whitest of knickers.
May I beg to ask you, oh Chosen Ones, what constitutes using ‘social networking sites in any way which is unlawful’? What is the twilight zone of what you would consider ‘unlawful’? Would advocating the violent overthrow of the Syrian State be considered such? That is, if a British nurse used social media to post such a view – which is the hidden agenda of America and its British deputy – would they, using the words of your code, ‘jeopardise (their) ability to join and stay on our register’? Can nurses take any strong political stances? What would you sanction? What would you ban? Could nurses tweet that private equity companies that have been given NHS contracts, and are allowed to run nursing home chains, are parasites of the capitalist exploitation of nursing care, which regularly donate to the Conservative Party? Or, would you, as I suspect, rather have nurses discuss which washing powder gets their knickers whiter? – as if women, the majority of the nursing workforce, are all somehow brainless and apolitical, and should be consigned to discussing flower arranging at the vicar’s tea party. Could nurses under your totalitarian rule tweet that the whole system of the nursing hierarchy is rotten and needs to be overthrown?
The entire tone of your ‘code’ is threatening, and encouraging of STASI-style informants – again I quote from your totalitarian edict: ‘If you are very concerned about someone else’s behaviour online, you should take steps to raise your concern, including if necessary with their university or employer. In the most serious circumstances, for example if someone’s use of a social networking site is unlawful, you should also report the incident to the police’.
In your vainglorious manner, oh Powerful Ones, you declare: ‘We do not advocate blanket bans on nurses, midwives or students joining or using social networking sites, and employers and educators should not suggest that this is our position. Even if such bans could be imposed on workplace or university computer networks, personal computers and mobile devices offer easy access. Blanket bans are likely therefore to be both unenforceable and counter-productive. We support the responsible use of social networking sites by nurses, midwives and students’. What type of Brave New World is this? Would you have a blanket ban if it were enforceable? What do you mean by ’employers and educators should not suggest that this is our position’? Do you mean they should merely hint that it is? That the white-knicker lady would prefer your knickers to be as unseen by the public as hers? ‘Bans could be imposed on workplace or university computer networks’, can they? Legally? Should they be? Is nursing now run by North Korea? Do you issue such sanctimonious and egotistical edicts from an ivory tower behind some Berlin Wall?
You would rather nursing and its brainwashing university brigade cosy up to capitalist exploiters of the health care ‘market’ – nothing wrong with social media then, eh? Nurses would be quite free to express that the Government’s health care ‘initiatives’ are only about ’empowering’ people, that is, to echo the mantra of weasel-word neocons. What would happen to a student who found this threatening?, or to a nurse lecturer who opposed such propaganda, and encouraged students to think for themselves, perhaps encouraging them to go online and read ‘alternative’ views? Your pro-capitalist stance is hinted at in your own ‘market speak’ – ‘Given the large proportion of the population using social networking sites, healthcare providers and universities can derive benefits through engaging with social media, both at a corporate and individual level. Having a corporate presence on social networking sites can also lend credibility when engaging students, nurses and midwives around these issues, and can provide a platform for encouraging responsible use’. The truth is out! Hospitals and universities are corporations!, and only innocent nurses should expect them to be places of caring and learning.
What really uncovers you as Nursings’ Big Sister is your chilling reminder to nurses that their responsibility is to the NMC – ‘Organisations should set out clear policies for staff and students on their use of social networking sites, encouraging responsible use. Where a policy is targeted at nurses and midwives, it should remind them of their responsibilities to the NMC’ – not to the patient! Or do you, oh Exalted Ones, think that the patients’ best interests are only served by following yours?
You complain that ‘Cyber-bullying can be intrusive and distressing’, well, so can having to attend one of your kangaroo courts on charges trumped up by vindictive colleagues or employers. Why do you suggest that employers should ‘revalidate’ nurses? Why do you actively assist non-EU nurses to obtain work permits? That is, why do you mimic government policy?
The answer is this, let this truth be known – the NMC is nothing more than a branch of the government, its members no more than hand-picked yes-people.
I call for the entire hierarchy of the Nursing Establishment (including the RCN), to be overthrown, and I urge all nurses to promote this demand on social media.
I call for the establishment of a democratically elected governing body of nursing.
Please distribute this article on social media (you are advised to do so anonymously if you are a nurse or nursing student, for they are listening!).
NMC AGENT OUTSIDE OF A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS!
lenin nightingale 2015