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Cancer Nurse Suspended After Posting TikTok Video About Not Wearing Mask

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Cancer Nurse Suspended After Posting TikTok Video About Not Wearing Mask

An Oregon cancer nurse has been suspended from her role after posting on TikTok about flouting Covid rules.

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Ashley Grames has been placed on administrative leave from her job in the oncology department after a video of her syncing to The Grinch emerged.

The original video has since been deleted - as has her account @loviskind05 - but another TikTok user did a duet sync with the video, reposting it on her own account.

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It shows Grames apparently mocking her colleagues' disgust of her refusal to wear a facemask in public, despite working with vulnerable and extremely sick patients.

Credit: TikTok
Credit: TikTok

Alongside the sound of a woman screaming in the clip from the famous Christmas film, she wrote the caption: "When my coworkers find out I still travel, don't wear a mask when I'm out and let my kids have play dates."

In the clip, she's wearing her uniform.

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The reposted video shows user @amandabutcher2 side-by-side with Grames.

She put the caption: "Imagine being an oncology nurse during a pandemic and bragging about not taking precautions."

She wrote on the post: "To each their own, but why would you brag about it to others?"

Credit: TikTok
Credit: TikTok
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Grames' employer, Salem Health, says it showed a 'cavalier disregard' for the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the health company said: "Yesterday, a nurse employed with Salem Health posted a video on social media which displayed cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic and her indifference towards physical distancing and masking outside of work.

"This video has prompted an outcry from concerned community members. We want to thank those of you who brought this to our attention and assure you that we are taking this very seriously.

"This individual does not speak for Salem Health and has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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"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.

"Salem Health believes we all need to do our part to protect the vulnerable and stop the rapid spread of Covid-19.

"This includes requiring staff, patients and visitors to follow guidance from the CDC and others about mask wearing and social distancing.

"The Covid pandemic is serious and requires a serious response. And at Salem Health we are very serious about our approach to Covid."

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Grames was identified by hospital officials to the Statesman Journal.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok

Topics: Coronavirus, US News

Amelia Ward
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