In Salem, Oregon, a hospital placed an oncology nurse on administrative leave after she posted a TikTok video suggesting she regularly skirted basic COVID-19 prevention guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing.
The video, posted by user @Loveiskind05, which has been deleted; however, it shows the woman wearing scrubs and a stethoscope, and an incriminating 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.”
The audio in the TikTok comes from the live-action Grinch movie when the Grinch, where he confirms his identity to Cindy Lou Who.
The caption, of course, eschews all known safety guidelines in preventing the spread of COVID. The “duet” with another TikTok user (@amandabutcher2) criticizing the nurse remains online for view.
The overlay text reads: “Imagine being an oncology nurse during a pandemic and bragging about not taking precautions.”
Of course, it wasn’t long before the nurse was identified as a Salem Health employee on social media.
People left critical Facebook comments informing the administration about her TikTok. The hospital announced that the nurse had been “placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.”
A spokesperson for Salem Health told BuzzFeed News on Sunday that the nurse’s name was Ashley Grames and that she worked in the oncology department.
Yesterday, a nurse employed with Salem Health posted a video on social media which displayed cavalier disregard for the…Posted by Salem Health on Saturday, November 28, 2020
In a statement on Facebook, Salem Health did not present details about the video. Still, the hospital confirmed that one of their nurses had posted a video on social media promoting “indifference” to COVID safety.
Many on the post were appreciative of acknowledging a severe problem but were also skeptical of the follow-up in the hospital’s actions.
“So will she be removed from her position for endangering the lives of immunocompromised people, or no?” asked one commenter. “This statement is great, and all but it gives zero answers. And the people involved in this aren’t just going to forget and let this go. Any action other than firing her shows that you really don’t care about your patients or your remaining and, I’m sure competent staff.”
No investigation needed,” said another commenter, looking for punitive actions by Salem Health. “The video supplied should be evidence enough. She needs to be FIRED. Not on PAID leave. As someone fighting cancer, I can only imagine how her patients feel after seeing this news. Their opinion on your hospital and nurses, in general, are now ruined due to this woman’s actions. And even though you say that her views do not represent your hospital, you still employed her. You need to take responsibility by firing her, not putting her on paid leave.”