Nurse who mocked COVID guidelines on TikTok 'no longer employed' by hospital

By RADIO.COM

An oncology nurse from Salem, Oregon who was recently placed on administrative leave after bragging about ignoring basic COVID-19 safety guidelines on TikTok has now been fired.

"The nurse in question is no longer employed with Salem Health," a spokesperson for Salem Health Hospitals & Clinics told Buzzfeed News on Monday.

The controversy began two weeks ago when the woman posted a video where she jokes that her coworkers are unaware that she still travels, doesn’t wear a mask when she is out and lets her kids have playdates.

"When my co workers find out I still travel, dont wear a mask when I am out and let my kids have play dates," read an overlaid caption on the clip.

“And that’s not on living in fear from what the media says,” the post was captioned.

The nurse was identified as Ashley Grames, according to the Washington Post. In the video, she is seen wearing blue scrubs and has a stethoscope around her neck.

The audio to the video is a voiceover from the live-action "Grinch" movie when the Grinch confirms his identity to Cindy Lou Who.

The video quickly sparked controversy and outcry from concerned members of the community.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Salem Health confirmed that they have placed the nurse on administrative leave pending an investigation.

“We want to thank those of you who brought this to our attention and assure you that we are taking this very seriously,” said the hospital.

Salem Health officials called the clip a “cavalier disregard for the seriousness of the pandemic.” They thanked the community members who brought the video to their attention.

Oregon has had at least 85,803 cases and 1,049 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database.

“Salem Health believes we all need to do our part to protect the vulnerable and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19," the organization said in its statement. "This includes requiring staff, patients and visitors to follow guidance from the CDC and others about mask wearing and social distancing. The COVID pandemic is serious and requires a serious response. And at Salem Health we are very serious about our approach to COVID.”

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