A nurse at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center has been fired over a Facebook post that is now circulating online.
A nurses recently posted this comment on her Facebook page, "Soooooo sleepy here in the ICU. Will someone please code and give me something exciting to do? #isthatbad?"
Amanda Francis was later fired from her job as a registered nurse at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center and later deleted her Facebook account
"Recent comments posted on a social media site by a former employee were totally inappropriate and not consistent with the values of UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. As soon as we became aware of the offensive posts, we took immediate corrective action. We greatly respect all of our patients and employees regardless of race or creed. This is very unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the views of SRMC or its employees."
But this brings up an interesting question. Should employers have the right to fire people because of comments they write on their personal social media accounts?
While I think that this nurse should not have said this while she was on company time. I also realize that nurses often say silly things they don't mean. After all, we are human. The ICU can either be extremely busy or awfully boring. And if that nurse was asked if she really wanted a patient to code, I believe she would have answered "no."
I think political correctness has gotten severely out of control. And while I don't necessarily agree with what she did or said. People have a right to free speech and if you're offended in the process, get over it!
Some may say that this is conduct that is unbecoming of a registered nurse. Again, I think that she should not be saying these things on company time, but people should have a right to say whatever they darn well please on their personal accounts, nurse or not! Yes, nurses are held to a higher standard than others, but at the end of the day, we can still make jokes and be silly! It was a joke folks!
Other that the fact that she commented while she was on company time. I think some employers are overstepping the boundaries by peeking into the lives of their employees on social media. It's none of their business what we do or say when we are not on company time.
This is getting out of hand in a lot of ways. Employers seem to think they have the God-given right to ask people to submit to extremely invasive investigations before they are willing to hire. They do extensive background checks, drug screens, and even credit checks. I'm sorry, but I don't think my ability to pay my bills has a darn thing to do with what type of employee I am. Nor should any employer have the right to check my credit. They are becoming more and more intrusive. I've even heard of them checking potential employee's Facebook and Twitter accounts to see "what kind of person they are." So, if you don't have your proper privacy setting in place, please do so now. You never know who may be snooping into your business.
I think this nurse should have been fired. But only because she posted this on company time. She's not getting paid to play on Facebook. What people say on their personal social media accounts is none of our employer's business.
Do you think this nurse should have been fired?