Erlanger nurse let go after online post suggesting she didn't want to treat protesters

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / A protester lays on the ground between Chattanooga Police and a group of fellow demonstrators at the north entrance of the Walnut Street Bridge on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Erlanger Health System officials said a nurse who made an online post about not wanting to treat protesters over the weekend is no longer affiliated with the health system.

"We are aware that an individual made a comment on social media about the protestors in Chattanooga. This led Erlanger to take thoughtful and swift action, and the individual is no longer affiliated with our system," said a statement from Erlanger to the Times Free Press, sent by spokeswoman Blaine Kelley.

The nurse had posted an online comment during a live video stream of weekend protests saying, "I'm getting a good look at these faces. Don't come up in my hospital wanting help if you get hurt."

The comment was made in reference to local protests on Saturday night over the killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. The protests continued into the early morning hours Sunday and again on Sunday evening, eventually leading to the deployment of the National Guard and multiple arrests downtown both Saturday and Sunday night.

Officials at Erlanger, a public health system, said the views expressed in the woman's comment were her views as an individual and "do not represent the values of Erlanger Health System administration and employees."

"Erlanger staff continues to provide compassionate care to our entire community, to every patient," the statement said.

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