Atlanta Nurses Fired Over Tiktok Video
Nurses at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta have been fired after they shared a TikTok video in which they mocked maternity patients, per 11 Alive.
Multiple nurses at the hospital received flack online for the video, which saw them list their “labor and delivery icks.” The former employees of the hospital were participating in a TikTok trend, which was originally used for people to list their “icks” or turnoffs in regards to dating.
“We are aware of a TikTok video that included disrespectful and unprofessional comments about maternity patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown,” reads a statement from Emory Healthcare. “We have investigated the situation and taken appropriate actions with the former employees responsible for the video. The video does not represent our commitment to patient—and family—centered care and falls far short of the values and standards we expect every memebr of our team to hold and demonstrate.”
Emory Healthcare Statement
This is the statement from Emory Hospital. The nurses were indeed fired. pic.twitter.com/JSwIQ97bbu
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) December 11, 2022
In the TikTok, as seen below, the nurses said that they’re put off by people who come in for their induction and ask if they can have a shower and eat first. “My ick is when you ask me how much the baby weighs and it’s still in your hands,” one nurse added. Another highlighted when maternity patients refuse to take pain medication, despite describing their pain as an “eight out of 10.”
“The dad comes outside and asks for a paternity test right outside the room door,” said another.
Comments on the TikTok and elsewhere characterized the clip as “disrespectful” and mean-spirited. “This is sad and concerning…I went out of my way to leave my nurses great surveys but if I found out this is how they thought I would be so upset,” read one comment. “Hearing this from L&D professionals makes me sad because these are families going through something stressful and life changing,” read another.
Want to know something crazy? These are the nurses where my baby was delivered. I had a terrible experience. At one point, mom ran out for help because I was in pain, they said “Ok. Anyways…” and continued their conversation. That’s something my mother never forgot. https://t.co/HFNihx6Cau
— Essy (@essyprive) December 10, 2022