A naval hospital in Jacksonville, Florida has fired two employees after they posted Snapchats showing them mishandling newborns in patient care. Facebook user Denisa Shellito shared screenshots on Monday of Snapchats one of the employees had shared, with one showing her holding an infant’s arms up to pretend they were dancing to hip-hop music, as well as another showing the employee holding up her middle finger to a newborn with a caption that read, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”
“A girl I went to high school with is a navy nurse and this is how her and her shitty friend treat the babies that have just been born,” Shellito wrote in the post that quickly went viral. “My blood is literally boiling and I want to snitch bc that is someone’s child.”
In a a statement released Monday, the Naval Hospital Jacksonville said the incident is “outrageous, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated.” Of the nurses pictured, the statement noted: “they have been removed from providing patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice.”
Navy Surgeon General Forrest Faison also shared a statement on Wednesday, saying he has directed a mandatory “all-hands stand downs” at all Navy Medicine commands to review oaths, pledges, and reasons for serving, as well as Navy Medicine’s policy regarding use of phones and other recording devices. He also said that commanding officers have been ordered to ensure no patient photos exist on social media, and personal cell phones in patient areas are prohibited until further notice.
“Additionally, I have directed all commanding officers to personally contact current mothers and expectant mothers planning to deliver in one of our facilities to reassure them, inform them of our actions, and address any of their concerns,” he added.