Oregon Nurse Put On Leave After Flouting COVID-19 Safety Measures On TikTok

Curtis M. Wong
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A nurse in Salem, Oregon, has been placed on administrative leave after posting a “Grinch”-themed TikTok video in which she poked fun at those taking COVID-19 safety protocols seriously.

The clip showed the nurse, identified by BuzzFeed and other media outlets as Ashley Grames of Salem Health, wearing scrubs and a stethoscope as she mouthed dialogue from the 2000 live-action version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“When my coworkers find out I still travel, don’t wear a mask when I’m out and let my kids have play dates,” the caption read.

Posted on TikTok last Friday, the original clip has since been deleted. Amanda Butcher, a nurse at a different facility, incorporated the footage into a critical “duet” reaction video that remained online as of Monday afternoon.

“Imagine being an oncology nurse during a pandemic and bragging about not taking precautions,” Butcher wrote.


To each their own, but why would you brag about it to others? 🤦🏻‍♀️ I guess we could ask Loveiskind05 #nurse#covid#health#pandemic#fyp#foryou

♬ original sound - Amanda Butcher

After the original video went viral Saturday, Salem Health officials responded to the controversy with a statement condemning their employee’s “cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic and her indifference towards physical distancing and masking outside of work.”

“This individual does not speak for Salem Health and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation,” the statement continued. “We also want to assure you that this one careless statement does not reflect the position of Salem Health or the hardworking and dedicated caregivers who work here.”

The statement, posted to Salem Health’s Facebook page, had drawn more than 1,000 comments ― many of them negative ― as of Monday.

“Fire her and take away any of her licenses,” one person wrote. “She doesn’t deserve to be a...

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