The identities of the women involved, however, were soon exposed, and a woman named Christy Schaeffer made a point of revealing their identities on the US Navy’s Facebook page. The post has since received hundreds of likes.
“We are aware of the inappropriate video and photos and can confirm they are hospital corpsmen, not nurses, but we are unable to confirm their names or tenure in light of the ongoing investigation.
“The individuals have been removed from patient care, meaning they will not be providing direct patient care.
“We are also contacting patients to address any questions or concerns they may have. This type of behavior is incompatible with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, as well as medical ethics.
“It also does not reflect the commitment Navy Medicine has to provide the best care our nation can offer to those who serve as well as their families.
“An investigation is underway. Once the investigation is complete, appropriate actions will be taken.”
“I truly hope that you do not have a Hospital Corpsman working for you by the name Allyson Jeanette Thompson. She is taking pictures of herself with newborn babies giving them the finger, calling them demons and saying how much she hates them. If she is currently employed by you. I hope she is terminated immediately. I have her pictures posted by herself on social media which had countless people infuriated. If you would like the pictures to see for yourself, feel free to contact me and I will send them to you.”Another woman named Michael Callahan revealed their identities, but she also reposted one of the original posts from the women’s Snapchat ‘friends’ who had received the shocking video and photograph and exposed their behaviour. The corpsmen would have known that their unprofessionalism and cruelty had not gone down well with their Snapchat friends, who immediately replied on the social media app by scorning them for what they’d done. Other nurses were quick to comment on the Snapchats. Jane Agerton, a nurse from Tennessee, wrote: “They need to have their nursing license revoked. I am totally disgusted. How juvenile. Grow up.” We hope that the corpsmen are punished for their behaviour and that it has no lasting repercussions for the family of the infant involved. Babies are some of the most vulnerable people in society and deserve to be treated with respect.