Several labor & delivery nurses are out of a job after they posted videos on TikTok of them complaining about maternity patients. The nurses worked for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and they posted their dislike videos following a trend of TikTok users sharing their "icks."
The nurses' videos contained disparaging comments about a range of issues they encountered with patients in the maternity ward. One nurse complained about patients asking when they could shower or get something to eat, and another made condescending comments regarding a mother asking how much her baby weighed. Other snide comments involved patients refusing medication or epidurals while experiencing the excruciating pain of labor and delivery to concerned family members of the patient constantly coming to the nurses' desk for help.
Other TikTok users were quick to deride the nurses for their lack of compassion and empathy during what is a highly emotional, stressful, and uncertain time for new mothers and their families. Emory Healthcare released a public statement that addressed the nurses' "disrespectful and unprofessional" comments, and the hospital immediately took the "appropriate actions" in firing the nurses. Emory Healthcare also reiterated its commitment to providing compassionate and effective care to all patients and their families in a "comfortable and safe environment."
How Your Behavior Can Jeopardize Your License and Career
The report did not mention anything about the Georgia Board of Nursing reprimanding these nurses and suspending or revoking their licenses. But chances are high that the nurses will receive serious administrative penalties on top of being out of a job.
Any nurse may face discipline for a variety of offenses that can include inadequately performing their nursing duties and neglecting to provide the accepted standard of care to their patients. Certainly, getting fired for insubordination or unprofessional behavior can put you before the nursing board, as can arrests or convictions of crimes, fraudulent licensure or certification issues, and others.
Nursing boards, including those in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, will investigate the matter and may impose harsh penalties, such as:
- Revoking your nursing license
- Suspending your license for a period
- Putting you on written probation
- Limiting your license
- Requiring additional requirements for re-certification
Considering all you have invested in your education, training, and career, you want to present an effective defense against any complaints against you. You need an attorney on your side who can represent you before the nursing board and fight hard to help you get the best outcome possible.
Attorney Joseph D. Lento has many years of experience representing clients before nursing and medical licensing boards in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. He can sit with you and review your matter and advise you of your best options. He can also represent you before the nursing board, and he has extensive criminal defense experience.
If you are under investigation by your nursing board in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York for any sort of unlawful, negligent, or unethical nursing practices, you can call Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 or contact us online for a confidential consultation.