Nurse Placed On Leave After Bragging About Breaking COVID Rules On TikTok
By Bill Galluccio
December 1, 2020
An oncology nurse in Oregon has been placed on administrative leave after posting a video on TikTok in which she bragged about breaking coronavirus protocols.
In the video, which was posted on Friday (November 27) and has since been taken down, the nurse pretended to scream into the camera and captioned the video: "When my coworkers find out I still travel, don't wear a mask when I am out, and let my kids have playdates."
The video quickly went viral, and an account that reposted the video has received hundreds of thousands of views.
After officials at Salem Health learned about the video, they placed the nurse on leave.
"This individual does not speak for Salem Health and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation," the hospital wrote on Facebook. "We also want to assure you that this one careless statement does not reflect the position of Salem Health or the hardworking and dedicated caregivers who work here."
The post generated thousands of comments, including some from family members who were being treated at the hospital where the nurse works.
According to the Salem Statesman Journal, Salem Hospital leads all hospitals in the state with 91 employee-related positive COVID-19 cases. The hospital has been on the Oregon Health Authority's list of workplaces with the highest number of employee-related cases since May and trails an Amazon facility and three state prisons.
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