A hospital in Jacksonville Florida has reportedly removed nurses and hospital workers from patient care who were found to be putting newborn babies in disturbing poses and making them dance to music. The hospital staffers work at a naval hospital and reportedly referred to the babies as “mini Satans.”
Their actions turned newborn children into play things rather than treating them as human beings who deserve dignity.
One of the pictures posted to Snapchat shows Allyson Thompson, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, flipping the bird to a baby wrapped in a blanket, along with a post saying, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” according to Action News Jacksonville.
In another photo, Thompson grins as she holds a baby up by its arms. The pic was shared by a woman who identified the employee as a “navy nurse” who made the newborn dance to rap music, First Coast News reported.
The hospital responded on Facebook:
“We are aware of a video/photo posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated,” the hospital said. “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 Navy is not happy, as Action News reported:
The Navy Surgeon General said Wednesday that he ‘applauds’ those who reported the inappropriate baby photos.
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Vice Admiral Forrest Faison said that members of the Navy medical team represent the Navy “24/7.”
“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. This type of behavior also has a negative effect on mission accomplishment and good order and discipline,” Faison said.
“I have directed immediate mandatory all-hands stand downs within 48 hours at all Navy Medicine commands to review our oaths, our pledges, our reasons for serving, as well as Navy Medicine’s policy regarding use of personally owned phones and other recording devices,” Faison stated. “Further, all commanding officers will be tasked to ensure no additional patient photos exist on social media and to take immediate action to remove such content. I applaud the individuals who took a stand when they witnessed this inappropriate behavior online. They chose not to be silent.”