The so called "prank" and its being put to air was designed to create a story at the known cost of humiliating the radio crew's targets by tricking them into divulging, against their personal and professional ethics, the very private details of a person in their care. The moment it was put to air it was no longer a "prank" in any sense at all as it was not something that the radio audience, the hospital, the nurses and the patient could all laugh at together. It was clear that at least the last three would not have regarded it as a joke at all.
The immaturity of the radio staff continues with their claiming that they tried 5 times to call the hospital to get permission to play it to air. So it seems they knew that it was a situation where it really would have been the right thing to get permission, yet they do not seem to have had the intelligence or maturity to know that such permission would never have been granted.
While the death of the nurse was unexpected, I am not totally surprised. I have been close to a number of people over the years who have been treated abysmally by the media and seen how some of those not used to such abuse have been deeply hurt. One of those occasions was with respect to a very solid senior executive in Australia who I knew well. I believe he only survived emotionally from the bitchy media attacks on him (which were totally unfounded) by the solid support of his colleagues, one of whom gave him a senior role in his own company in another country in order to give the guy a fresh start.
I am surprised though, by those here who think such behaviour by the media is just fine. Perhaps it is just because school is out.