In a TikTok video last week, four workers wearing nurse’s clothes at an Atlanta hospital revealed their “sketches” regarding patients in labor and delivery.
“My ick is when you come in for your induction,” a nurse began the video, “talking about ‘Can I shower and eat?'”
“My ick is if you ask me how much the baby weighs,” another nurse followed, “and it’s still… in your hands.”
Users of the TikTok fad, which has been popular for at least two years, frequently display traits that make them uninterested in dating, such as poor hygiene or haughtiness. However, according to their employer, Emory Healthcare, medical staff at Emory University Hospital Midtown went too far when they created video “icks” about the conduct of their patients.
Emory Healthcare said in a statement published online on Thursday that it has “taken necessary action with the former employees involved for the video” following the film’s massive internet response.
The statement added, “This video falls well short of the principles and standards we want every member of our team to embrace and exemplify and does not accurately reflect our dedication to patient- and family-centered care.”
A query from the Washington Post seeking clarification on whether the employees were let go or departed of their own volition was not answered by Emory Healthcare by Sunday night. The original 52-second video was taken down, but copies have been making their way around social media over the last week, eliciting reactions from several expectant patients who said the nurses’ remarks only served to exacerbate their anxieties about giving birth.
Maternal mortality rates have increased significantly in recent years in the United States. According to a study that was published in the International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS last year, Georgia has the highest maternal mortality rate in America- United States. It recorded 46.2 deaths per hundred thousand live births for all women and 66.6 deaths per hundred thousand live births for black women. women.
According to Uma M. Reddy, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Columbia University, these problems are influenced by the standard of treatment patients get. “Patients who receive enough assistance perform and respond better,” according to research. When referring to the TikTok video of the nurses, Reddy told the Post that statements of this nature make you wonder if patients are being heard.
While some hospitals establish their own social media policies, the American Nurses Association provides basic recommendations on its website, including advices for nurses to refrain from “excessive self-promotion” while “maintaining a respectable presence.”