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.
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"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.
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"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.