Navy Corpsmen Caught

  1. I came across this news item in two different media outlets, and pulled this blurb from the NY Post.

    If you go to their Web Site, you can see the offending nurses doing the things mentioned in the story. They apparently aren't smart enough to realize that what you post on social media (with your face showing) can, and will be used against you.

    Their behavior is deplorable. I can't imagine how the parents of babies subjected to these two and their outlandish and unethical behavior must feel.


    Nurses at a naval hospital in Florida have been booted from their posts after sick photos went viral of them rudely posing with newborn babies and referring to the tots as “mini Satans.”
    One of the pics posted to Snapchat shows Allyson Thompson, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, flipping the bird to a baby who’s wrapped in a blanket, along with the caption, “How I currently feel about these mini Satans,” [COLOR=#cc3333]according to Action News Jacksonville[/COLOR].
    In another photo, Thompson grins as she holds a baby up by its arms. The pic was shared by a woman who identified the employee as a “navy nurse” who made the newborn dance to rap music, [COLOR=#cc3333]First Coast News reported[/COLOR].
    Thompson and another nurse, Joanie Barrett, were identified as the culprits in [COLOR=#cc3333]an online post[/COLOR].
    Last edit by Brian S. on Sep 21
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  2. 62 Comments

  3. by   Sour Lemon
    I'm irritated that they're being called "nurses". When I look up "Navy corpsman", it appears to be something attainable with a GED and 19 week training program. Does anybody know for sure?
  4. by   TriciaJ
    I found a FB post that identifies one of the culprits as a corpsman and it states specifically that she is not a registered nurse. It stated the status of the other one was unknown. In fact, the posts uses quotation marks around the word "nurses".
  5. by   Lil Nel
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    I'm irritated that they're being called "nurses". When I look up "Navy corpsman", it appears to be something attainable with a GED and 19 week training program. Does anybody know for sure?
    I have no idea. Is it not possible to be a Navy Corpsman AND a nurse? I hope somebody on this Site can answer the question.
  6. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Lil Nel
    I have no idea. Is it not possible to be a Navy Corpsman AND a nurse? I hope somebody on this Site can answer the question.
    No one seems to be able to locate nursing licenses for either of them.
  7. by   Lil Nel
    Quote from TriciaJ
    I found a FB post that identifies one of the culprits as a corpsman and it states specifically that she is not a registered nurse. It stated the status of the other one was unknown. In fact, the posts uses quotation marks around the word "nurses".
    If they aren't indeed nurses, why is the term being used at all? Even in quotation marks, if it isn't accurate to label them as nurses, then they need to be labeled at whatever position they hold, i.e. CNA, enlisted military, etc.

    No matter what their title, their behavior is deplorable. But I will feel slightly better if RN doesn't follow their last name.
    Last edit by Lil Nel on Sep 19 : Reason: misspelled word
  8. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Lil Nel
    If they aren't indeed nurses, why is the term being used at all? Even in quotation marks, if it isn't accurate to label them as nurses, then they need to labeled at whatever position they hold, i.e. CNA, enlisted military, etc.

    No matter what their title, their behavior is deplorable. But I will feel slightly better if RN doesn't follow their last name.
    Everybody is a "nurse", didn't ya know? Even the people who sweep the hospital floors and work in the hospital gift shop. The first thing I do when I read about a "nurse" in the news is look for a license.
  9. by   TriciaJ
    The above links are to news articles that use quotation marks with the word "nurses". I ran both names through Florida BON. This site actually links to a site for all licenses in the state of Florida. No record of any Allyson Thompson being licensed as anything. A Joanie Richelle Barrett is licensed as a massage therapist.

    So you're right, Sour Lemon. Neither one is a nurse. Can't stand how the public and the media assume anyone working in healthcare is a nurse.
  10. by   Lil Nel
    Yes, it shouldn't be assumed that everyone who works in healthcare is a "nurse."

    But these two were involved in direct patient care, and clearly had access to the nursery. The facility issued a statement saying that both had been removed from direct patient care after the photos surfaced and that criminal charges were being pursued.

    It is just sickening to think that these newborns were mishandled in this way. And where was the nursery staff when this was happening? The pair clearly weren't trying to hide their actions. They posted pictures via Snapchat.
  11. by   TriciaJ
    Two things jump out at me: 1. They were poorly raised as children and didn't see anything wrong with what they were doing. Social media just gave them the rope to hang themselves. 2. They should have been under the supervision of registered nurses. Where were they? Probably spread too thin as usual.

    The hospital can huff and puff all it wants. It probably runs short-staffed like everywhere else. This is what happens.
  12. by   DoGoodThenGo
    The Naval Jacksonville Hospital announced Monday night that it has removed multiple employees after images of them inappropriately handling newborn babies surfaced online.


    A Facebook post, shared over 180,000 times, depicts a hospital staff member flipping off a baby with the caption “How I currently feel about these mini Satans.”


    Nurses fired after giving newborn babies the middle finger, calling them "mini Satan," Jackonsville, Florida hospital says | Miami Herald

    Naval hospital removes employees for alleged inappropriate photos with newborns - ABC News

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nati...ewthread&f=195ional/article174085371.html#storylink=cpy
  13. by   morte
    Quote from TriciaJ
    The above links are to news articles that use quotation marks with the word "nurses". I ran both names through Florida BON. This site actually links to a site for all licenses in the state of Florida. No record of any Allyson Thompson being licensed as anything. A Joanie Richelle Barrett is licensed as a massage therapist.

    So you're right, Sour Lemon. Neither one is a nurse. Can't stand how the public andI the media assume anyone working in healthcare is a nurse.
    If they are in the military, working at a military hospital, do they need a local lic?
  14. by   MunoRN
    According to the Navy these weren't nurses, "Capt. Brenda Malone, spokeswoman for the*U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, which oversees several hospitals around the country, said the employees are corpsmen or medical officers for the Navy, not nurses. "
    Disturbing images show Navy hospital staffers mishandling infant, calling babies ‘mini Satans’

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