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Hospital apologizes after nurses discuss patient ‘icks’ in TikTok video

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  • A group of labor and delivery nurses have sparked ire online with their TikTok video about ‘icking’ patients.
  • Hospital operator Emory Healthcare condemned the nurses’ “disrespectful and unprofessional” comments.
  • He said he “took appropriate action with the former employees responsible for the video.”

A group of labor and delivery nurses in Atlanta appear to have lost their jobs after posting a TikTok video this week that mocked patients and discussed their “shit.”

The nurses are now “former employees” of Emory University Hospital in Midtown, according to a statement posted Thursday on Facebook by Emory Healthcare.

After the nurse’s TikTok received widespread attention, the original poster has since deleted everything on their account, including the original video.

However, the video has been repeatedly uploaded and shared on various platforms including TikTok, YouTube and Twitter. A download of the video has been viewed over 2 million times on TikTok alone.

In the video, nurses take turns sharing their complaints — or “icks” — about patient behavior.

“My problem is when you ask me how much the baby weighs and he’s still in your hands,” said a nurse.

“My problem is when you come for your initiation, talking about ‘can I take a shower, can I eat? ” added another.

They also mocked the mothers’ painkiller choices, as well as their requests for blankets.

The video angered social media users. One TikTok user commented, “My problem is when people work in healthcare and don’t have compassion for people.”

Another said: “As a first time mum it makes me so sad and more nervous. I pray my nurses aren’t like this.”

Emory Healthcare said in its statement, “We are aware of a TikTok video containing disrespectful and unprofessional comments about maternity patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown. We have investigated the situation and taken appropriate action with former employees responsible for the video.”

Emory University Hospital Midtown did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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