A picture and video out of Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida showing staff members treating newborns in a very questionable manner are igniting a firestorm of controversy on social media. Now, the hospital has announced that all employees involved will be facing legal action.
The photo shows a female nurse giving a newborn the middle finger alongside a caption that reads, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” Action News Jax reported. The video shows another nurse holding the newborn up and making the baby dance to “In Da Club” by rapper 50 Cent.
Both the photo and the video were posted the same nurse’s Snapchat feed. They quickly went viral and made the rounds across social media, where droves of commenters demanded that the nurses involved be fired and punished.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the military hospital announced that it had taken action to make sure justice is served.
“Naval Hospital Jacksonville Commanding Officer sends: We are aware of a video / photo posted online. It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated,” the statement read. “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’ve notified the patient’s parents.”
The hospital’s post received thousands of likes, shares and comments.
“As a neonatal critical care nurse, I am appalled by the behavior of these people,” one person wrote. “I am glad to know that they have been removed from patient care. The poor judgment exhibited is reprehensible and unfit for a professional nurse.”
Some commenters called on the Navy to look into the nurses’ past to see if any other patients had been affected.
“Absolutely disgusting,” another person opined. “How many other newborns have they exposed or humiliated on social media?”