By Wyatt Earp | February 26, 2009
This story is both creepy and outrageous at the same time. And believe it or not, I don’t think it’s all that funny. I must be maturing.
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. — Nurses accused of photographing a patient and posting the pictures on the Internet have been fired.
The investigation started with an anonymous call from an employee at Mercy Walworth Medical Center in Lake Geneva, with the allegation that a nurse took pictures of a patient with her cell phone and posted them on her Facebook page.
Okay, it’s bad enough that a nurse would take photos of a patient and his/her injury, but to post it on a Facebook page? That’s pretty despicable.
“There were two nurses that independently took a picture each of an X-ray of a patient,” Walworth County Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said.
The patient was admitted to the emergency room with an object lodged in his rectum. Police said the nurse explained she and a co-worker snapped photos when they learned it was a sex device. Police said discussion about the incident was posted on her Facebook page, but they haven’t found anyone who actually saw the pictures. (H/T – WISN)
Okay, a few thoughts:
1. The patient was probably humiliated enough when he/she entered the emergency room. Now, he/she finds this story. It is a real shame.
2. I am glad the nurses have been fired, and I hope they never get another job as health care professionals. The story says that they probably committed HIPAA violations, so I would also like to see them be charged criminally.
3. What the Hell is going on in Wisconsin?