The U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery released the following statement to Action News Jax regarding the corpsmen photographed with the babies:
"We are aware of the inappropriate video and photos and can confirm they are
hospital corpsmen, not nurses, but we are unable to confirm their names or
tenure in light of the ongoing investigation. The individuals have been
removed from patient care, meaning they will not be providing direct patient
care. We are also contacting patients to address any questions or concerns
they may have. This type of behavior is incompatible with the Navy's core
values of honor, courage and commitment, as well as medical ethics. It also
does not reflect the commitment Navy Medicine has to provide the best care
our nation can offer to those who serve as well as their families. An
investigation is underway. Once the investigation is complete, appropriate
actions will be taken."
A naval hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, has removed several staffers from their post after photos and videos of them posing with newborn babies and blasting loud music around them went viral.
One of the pictures, which was first posted to Snapchat, shows Allyson Thompson, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, giving a baby the middle finger with the typed caption, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” according to Action News Jacksonville.
After the images went viral, the Naval Hospital Jacksonville employees were “removed from patient care,” the hospital said in a statement.
“We are aware of a video/photo posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated,” the hospital said in a statement posted to Facebook. “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.”
Jane Agerton, a nurse from Tennessee, commented on the post: "They need to have their nursing license revoked. I am totally disgusted. How juvenile. Grow up," reported the DailyMail.com.
(Photo: Ben Edwards via Getty Images)
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