A hospital in Atlanta has fired some of its labor and delivery nurses after a bizarre TikTok controversy. A week ago, the nurses shared “icks” (pet peeves and turn-offs) about their patients in a TikTok video that went viral and received a lot of flak.
The original video at the center of this controversy has been deleted but it still circulates online. Read more on what started this trend among the nurses and how the hospital responded.
TikTok on patient “icks”
To understand why this is a tasteless incident, take a look at this deleted “ick” TikTok video with more than 100,000 views.
Atlanta’s Emory Hospital Midtown has fired four labor and delivery nurses after they shared their “icks” about maternity patients on TikTok. pic.twitter.com/kusLMVVzcA
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 11, 2022
- The nurses at Emory University Hospital Midtown talk about behaviors that supposedly annoy them: patients in labor who ask a lot of questions, mothers who refuse epidurals, etc.
- This has inevitably led to a social media backlash. Making TikToks during such stressful and life-changing situations is utterly deplorable.
Emory Hospital statement
To deal with this controversy, Emory Healthcare put out an official statement on the “ick” TikTok incident. The full statement can be read on Instagram and their official website.
- According to the statement, the hospital administration has “investigated the situation and taken appropriate actions with the former employees responsible for the video.”
- This indicates that the labor and delivery nurses who made the “ick” video on TikTok have been fired. The hospital condemned the disrespectful and unprofessional comments about maternity patients.
Social media controversy
Social media users were upset because nurses are not supposed to be this way while mothers are in labor or when they want to know more about caring for their newborns.
- TikTok creator @megamikym shared her own labor experience at Emory University Hospital Midtown after the video surfaced online.
#stitch with @ollivia.678 Emory did the right thing in removing nurses that have a problem with doing their jobs! As a first time mom I was an “Ick” patient it seems. And I hate to think I really irritated their day by have 100 questions and concerns. Or for wanting to have my baby naturally. Or wanting to take a shower because my induction took over 2 days and I felt sweaty nasty and itchy. Or wanted to eat because I felt weak from burning all my energy in having a baby that didn’t wanna come out easily. Aside from the first nurse in this video and one other nurse that seemed to just hate her job in general, Emory midtown had some amazing beautiful nurses and lactation consultants that’s were so patient and kind and catering to all my concerns and needs as a new mother ❤️ @emorymidtownhospital #fyp #laboranddelivery #firsttimemom #labor #birth #newbaby #atlantageorgia #atl #emoryhospitalatlanta
- Although the delivery nurses were supportive, she did not have a positive experience with one of them, who happens to be in the viral “ick” TikTok video.
- On Twitter, a user claimed that the same hospital sent her home with undiagnosed postpartum preeclampsia. Essentially, they didn’t take her chest pain symptoms on a serious note and labeled her a “hypochondriac.”
The fact that so many people are sharing stories of traumatic experiences from Ick Nurse Hospital means that this issue is way bigger than them.
Those girls needed to be fired but Emory University hospital additionally needs to do significant internal work and grow from this.
— Jannifer Gao 🌶 (@Jani__Gee) December 11, 2022
Can nurses make TikToks?
This is not the first time hospital nurses have made TikTok videos and Instagram reels. Nowadays, hospitals have their own set of social media policies, and they expect nurses to adhere to this.
- The American Nurses Association also lists guidelines on its website that nurses should “avoid heavy self-promotion” and “maintain a respectable presence” at all times.
- The labor and delivery nurses who made and posted the “icks” video on TikTok have violated both their hospital’s policies and the American Nurses Association’s guidelines.
The “icks” trend
The “icks” trend started on TikTok when couples started sharing “icks” about each other – little behavioral traits that annoyed and turned off their partners.
Replying to @diorblood we’re back with pt. 2 & this one’s personal. #coupleschallenge #icks
- The Emory Hospital labor and delivery nurses latched on to this trend and turned it into a nurse-patient thing.
Nurses should understand that patients will naturally have questions, requests and anxieties, especially in the maternity ward. But we can still expect similar TikTok trends to arise and make us ‘facepalm’.
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