Two Naval nurses have been relived of their duties in the maternity ward of a Navy hospital after disturbing images appeared on social media showing the two nurses horsing around with new-born infants. In one video, a nurse holds a baby and makes it dance. Another image shows a nurse making a rude gesture at an infant.
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The gestures and dancing show a surprising lack of judgement, but didn’t cause any physical harm to the babies. This lack of judgement, though, pales when compared to what came next: social media. Recording the videos and images and then posting them on social media will have lasting implications for both of the nurses.
One image shows a nurse flipping off a baby, and was captioned “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.” The second is the dancing video, in which a nurse holds a baby and makes it dance to the 50 Cent song “In Da Club.”
Someone in the background of the video says “we’re going to hell.” That may well be the case, but it is likely that the two nurses will stop in a military court before they get there.
The commander of the hospital sent this message Monday evening: “We are aware of a video / photo posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified the staff members involved. They have been removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. We’re in the process of notifying the patient’s parents.”
The image and video have been seen by many as a betrayal. These are the caretakers charged with ensuring these newborns make it through the most fragile and vulnerable stage of life. They’re also members of the U.S. Navy.