The thing that people do not understand about folks in the health care industry is that they need to be able to live their lives too.
While we have justifiably put them on a pedestal the last year, they also are not monks. They need to be able to do everything that the normal person does.
Even during this pandemic, people have gone out to eat, they have gone and lived their lives. The problem is that we want to suddenly hold nurses and doctors to a higher standard that isn’t remotely fair.
An oncology nurse at Oregon’s Salem Health was put on administrative leave Saturday after she posted a TikTok video in which she bragged about flouting her state’s pandemic restrictions, the hospital told CNN.
The video, which has since been taken down, showed the nurse, wearing scrubs and a stethoscope around her neck, pretending to scream with a caption that read: “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, posted Friday, went viral, and at least one other TikTok user posted a version of it to their account — which has received hundreds of thousands of views.
The video “displayed cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic and her indifference towards physical distancing and masking outside of work,” the hospital said in a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday.
The hospital went on to distance themselves from the nurse’s comments, saying “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 hospital said the nurse will be on administrative leave until an investigation that “will thoroughly and accurately ascertain the facts in this case” is complete.
CNN affiliate KPTV said it sent a crew to the nurse’s home to get a comment but she declined.
CNN has not been able to reach her for comment.
The video comes as Oregon has been experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, setting records in the number of new cases of the disease just last weekend. Plus, Marion County, the home of Salem Health, has had some of the highest numbers of cases in Oregon, while the hospital itself is fifth on Oregon Health Authority’s list of workplaces with employee-related cases.