Hospital staff fired for posting photos of themselves flipping off babies
Do you despise babies? Are you sick of their cries, their chirps, their screams? Then maybe you shouldn't be a nurse.
Babies are certainly tough to deal with. As mini-homunculus humans who cry and poop all the time, you need a very specific set of skills to adequately handle a baby. But that's what maternity ward nurses are for - they have been trained and raised to handle babies with love and care.
At least, that's the ideal. But some staffers at Jacksonville Naval Hospital disagree. They work at a maternity ward, even though they clearly hate babies. Or maybe, it was the months and weeks of work that wore down on them, and the once idealistic nurses became certified baby-haters. Either way, controversy and ink slips have flown ever since these photos of two women flipping off babies went viral.
Wow. Is a baby a mini-Satan? It depends on your point of view. They are pink, and small, and angry, and smelly. Perhaps an imp or a demon? But not Satan himself!
The photos were posted onto Snapchat, so someone must have reported on them after seeing the photos there. Supposedly, there is also a video featuring the two employees making a baby dance to rap music, holding it under its arms and swinging it about to rap songs. That's got to be some new level of abuse.
Navy Surgeon General Vice Admiral Forrest Faison has said that no more photos of patients are allowed to go on social media, and made this statement:
“Unprofessional and inappropriate social media behavior is inconsistent with both our core values of honor, courage and commitment as well as our medical ethics, violating the oaths we took for our profession and office. In an age where information can be shared instantly, what we say and post online must reflect the highest standards of character and conduct, in both our personal and professional lives.”
The hospital put forth this statement on Facebook:
"Naval Hospital Jacksonville's Commanding Officer sends: We are aware of a video / photos posted online. It's outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified those involved-- two staff (not nurses as reported on some sites). They have been removed from providing patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. We've notified the patient's parents."
What do you think? It seems these two staffers have been fired and so their reign of terror in the maternity ward is over, but I hope these kids don't grow up with any mental scars over this, some primordial infant memory being flipped off before you were too young to know who you were.
It seems that these "mini-Satans" have gotten the last laugh. Good for them, and we hope the hospital can rehire some better staffers in the future.