Cancer Nurse Suspended After Posting TikTok Video About Not Wearing Mask

An Oregon cancer nurse was put on leave after boasting about ignoring COVID-19 rules on TikTok

An Oregon cancer nurse was put on leave after boasting about ignoring COVID-19 rules on TikTok

The hospital did not name the nurse, but the Statesman-Journal identified the nurse in question as Ashley Grames.

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An Oregon nurse was placed on administrative leave after she posted a TikTok video shunning basic COVID-19 measures.

The original video showed the nurse in her scrubs sitting in what appears to be a break room.

A caption overlaid on her video reads: "When my co-workers find out I still travel, don't wear a mask when I'm out and let my kids have play dates".

User @loveiskind05's account has been deleted from TikTok.

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".

Her employer, Salem Health, said she was under investigation and condemned her behaviour.

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"Salem Health believes we all need to do our part to protect the vulnerable and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19".

In a statement released on Facebook, it added: "We want to thank those of you who brought this to our attention and assure you that we are taking this very seriously". The hospital staff have strict rules with regards to social distancing and wearing facial masks on the premises. "Salem Health is following protocol and going to investigate the matter...as they should".

While many health care workers have used social media to show Americans the harsh effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one OR nurse is in trouble for doing the opposite.

The nurse declined an interview with KPTV, a Fox affiliate in Portland. "She doesn't deserve to be a nurse if all she's going to do is endanger some of the most immunocompromised people", wrote one Facebook user. "I honestly hope she's never able to get a job in the medical field ever again!"

Cancer patients are more susceptible to getting infections like COVID-19 because both cancer and cancer treatments affect the immune system's ability to fight infections, according to Cancer.gov.

According to Oregon's coronavirus website, the state is now in the middle of a two-week "freeze" involving the closure of all non-essential retail in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. The United States has more than 13 million confirmed cases with more than 266,000 deaths.

According to the state's latest weekly report, Salem Hospital has the highest employee-related count of any hospital in the state.

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