Allyson Thompson, 21, and Joanie Barrett Fender, 23, two Navy corpsmen who earlier this week worked at Naval Hospital Jacksonville (Florida) have been fired. Mocking newborn infants in their care and calling them “mini-Satans”, the two then posted illegal photos of the babies on Snapchat and Facebook. The two corpsmen not only broke the “trust bank” but several HIPAA laws and hospital rules as well. Several news outlets incorrectly identified the corpsmen yesterday as nurses.
Their actions prompted a social media outcry from hundreds of thousands of concerned readers and also prompted immediate changes at Navy hospitals around the globe. Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, the Navy’s Surgeon General and “Top Doc” has now banned all workers’ cell phones in patient areas; a move some believe was long past due. All medical staff in the Navy are in an active and mandatory “stand down” for immediate retraining and review of oaths and hospital procedures.
Vice Admiral Faison:
“I have directed immediate mandatory all-hands stand downs within 48 hours at all Navy Medicine commands to review our oaths, our pledges, our reasons for serving, as well as Navy Medicine’s policy regarding use of personally owned phones and other recording devices.”
“At every level of the enterprise, we must send a clear message that Navy and Navy Medicine leadership take every allegation of offensive and unacceptable online conduct seriously and will hold responsible individuals accountable for their actions.”
Faison ordered all commanding officers across the Navy hospital system to “personally contact” both current and expecting mothers who plan to deliver at a Navy facility — potentially thousands of patients worldwide — to “reassure them, inform them of our actions, and address any of their concerns.”
He also ordered leaders to “ensure no additional patient photos exist on social media” and remove any that do.
It should be noted that the Navy provides healthcare services to not only the Navy but also the United States Marine Corps.
Video inside this link of corpsmen forcing infant to “dance”.