Two nurses at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville were sacked after they posted on social media images of them manhandling newborns, flipping them off, and calling them “mini satans.”
On Tuesday, the hospital confirmed that the two members of the staff no longer work there.
Clips and images of one of the nurses improperly handling a baby and making him dance and another one inappropriately gesturing to another baby went viral on Facebook after one user reported the incident Monday.
One user wrote that her blood was “literally boiling” after seeing the images. The nurses shared the disturbing images on Snapchat. One of the shared photos was accompanied by the message “How I currently feel about these mini satans”.
Many Facebook users called for the nurses’ dismissal. The initial message reporting the nurses’ behavior was shared more than 300,000 times in less than two days.
An “Outrageous” Behavior
Naval Hospital Jacksonville announced that they saw the footage and imagery shared online. The hospital described the behavior as “outrageous” and “incredibly unprofessional” and pledged not to tolerate it.
One spokesperson for the Navy said the behavior doesn’t reflect Navy’s values, medical ethics, and commitment. She added that hospital corpsmen should ensure servicemen and their families get the best care the U.S. can offer.
The Navy said they know who the two nurses are, but they refused to release their names citing an ongoing investigation. The duo was completely removed from activities that include patient care. Naval Hospital Jacksonville said none of their staff members were involved.
Once the investigation is completed, appropriate actions will be taken against the junior staff members.
The parents of the babies involved have been notified, the hospital said.