NYC Nurse Fired Over ‘Man vs 6 Train’ Instagram Post
A nurse was fired from New York Presbyterian Hospital after she took a photo of a ransacked trauma room and posted it to Instagram with the caption “Man Vs 6 Train.”
Katie Duke assisted in treating a man who had been hit by a subway train.
"I got a call at the end of my shift telling me I was being let go after seven years in the ER,” Duke told ABC News.
A supervisor told her she had not breached hospital policy or violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
"I was told I was being fired for being insensitive," she said.
Duke explained that the picture was not even hers. She had reposted it from a doctor’s Instagram.
The doctor, who also works at NYPH, was not reprimanded, according to Duke.
Duke says she did not do anything wrong.
"If you hung around nurse’s station and heard the way we talk about injuries, life and death you might get the wrong impression but it’s just a coping mechanism,” she said. “Now I check my posts so no one gets offended or thinks I am a cold-hearted person.”
Duke, whose story was part of the ABC docuseries “NY Med,” comes from a long line of nurses.
“My mom is a nurse. My sister’s a nurse. My aunt’s a nurse. My cousin’s a nurse," she said.