The video made fun of pregnant women who refused medicine and fathers who requested a paternity test.
A hospital in the United States has dismissed four nurses after they starred in a TikTok video criticizing patients’ requests and conduct. Emory Healthcare, situated in Atlanta, referred to the four as “former employees” in an Instagram post on Friday.
The 60-second video, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, depicts nurses making fun of people who ask to “take a shower and eat” when they arrive at the hospital to have labor induced, refuse pain medication despite obvious pain, or “ask [the nurse] how much the baby weighs, and it’s still in your hands.”
Fathers who demanded a paternity test right after birth also came in for mockery, and one nurse cited “when you’re going room to room between one baby-mama and your other baby-mama” as her “ick.” ‘Icks,’ as seen trending on social media, are unpleasant quirks that trigger “a sudden feeling of repulsion and total turn-off from someone you’ve been dating.”
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The hospital’s statement concerning the video acknowledged that “it included disrespectful and unprofessional comments about maternity patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.” It also revealed that Emory had “investigated the situation and taken appropriate actions with the former employees responsible for the video.”
“This video does not represent our commitment to patient- and family-centered care and falls far short of the values and standards we expect every member of our team to hold and demonstrate,” Emory’s statement reads.
While no clear causal relationship was established between the video and the nurses’ ‘former employee’ status, Emory Healthcare stated via email to local media that the hospital system has a social media policy that workers must follow.
The original TikTok post, uploaded on Thursday by user @hanhinton, was deleted following a barrage of outraged reactions, but not before it was reproduced elsewhere. One of the reposters shared a screenshot of Hinton’s Facebook profile, which shows her as a registered nurse in Labor and Delivery at Emory Healthcare. Her profile is no longer public, and it’s unclear whether she currently works there in any capacity.