An Oregon nurse is placed on administrative leave after she posted a TikTok video shunning basic COVID-19 measures.
The since-deleted post from user @Loveiskind05 showed the nurse wearing scrubs and a stethoscope, with the caption, “When my coworkers find out I still travel, don’t wear a mask when I’m out and let my kids have play dates.” A “duet” of the original TikTok remains online.
Users apparently identified the nurse and then alerted her employer, Salem Health.
In a Facebook post Saturday, the hospital thanked community members for reaching out and announced that she had been “placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.”
Salem Health did not reveal her name.
“Yesterday, a nurse employed with Salem Health posted a video on social media which displayed cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic and her indifference towards physical distancing and masking outside of work,” the hospital wrote.
“Salem Health believes we all need to do our part to protect the vulnerable and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. This includes requiring staff, patients and visitors to follow guidance from the CDC and others about mask wearing and social distancing. The COVID pandemic is serious and requires a serious response. And at Salem Health we are very serious about our approach to COVID.”
While many commenters applauded the hospital for disciplining the nurse, others blasted it for not firing her on the spot.
“There should be no investigation. Fire her and take away any of her licenses. She doesn’t deserve to be a nurse if all she’s going to do is endanger some of the most immunocompromised people,” wrote one Facebook user.
Another sarcastically commented,” Paid leave so she can travel some more and put patients at even more risk when she returns”