This nurse was put on leave after she mocked coronavirus restrictions in a viral TikTok video
A Salem, Oregon, nurse has been put on leave after she mocked restrictions in a TikTok video
A nurse from Salem, Oregon, was recently placed on leave after she went viral in a TikTok video that showed her mocking coronavirus restrictions.
The nurse was seen in a video wearing scrubs and a stethoscope on her neck as she walks into a break room, according to KPTV.
- There’s a caption on top of the video, which reads:
When my coworkers find out I still travel, don’t wear a mask when I am out and let my kids have playdates.
- Then, she lip syncs to the song “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
- The video went viral across TikTok and it was later posted to Twitter, where a number of responses flooded through, criticizing the nurse for how she’s handling the virus.
The video was later deleted. However, other TikTok users captured the video in order to share it, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Reaction from the hospital:
Salem Health ended up posting on Facebook about the nurse’s viral video, saying she had been placed on leave for the time being.
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. This video has prompted an outcry from concerned community members. We want to thank those of you who brought this to our attention and assure you that we are taking this very seriously. This individual does not speak for Salem Health and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
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.
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.