Nurse Who Promised to Withhold Care from ‘White’ Males Resigns

Her employer said it is not their policy to discriminate against patients.

QUICK FACTS:
  • A nurse at Sarah Bush Lincoln Advanced Practice of Registered Nurses (APRN) has resigned after allegedly posting that she wouldn’t be prescribing some medications to “white” men.
  • “I prescribe meds.. I can also choose not to prescribe them. So…from now on.. if you are a white male who votes conservative, your penis needs to ask God for the power to rise. No more Viagra.”
  • The nurse, who was not named but seemed to have been posting on the now-deleted Twitter account, later apologized, according to Sarah Bush Lincoln.
  • “I am deeply sorry for my posts on social media. I allowed my personal feelings to spill out. Those hateful words are not aligned with how I have provided care to my patients,” the nurse said, according to SBL.
  • “Sarah Bush Lincoln is a wonderful organization and my actions have tarnished its reputation. I have resigned and know my patients will be well cared for.”
THE HOSPITAL’S RESPONSE TO THE NURSE’S POSTS:
  • Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, which is a 145-bed, not-for-profit, acute-care regional hospital in Mattoon, East Central Illinois, responded to Libs of TikTok’s post, tagging the hospital: “This is not the practice of Sarah Bush Lincoln. We provide care to everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race religious, etc. This is being addressed. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
  • SBL President and CEO Jerry Esker issued a statement about the incident saying, “Our mission is to provide exceptional care to all. That means we provide care to everyone regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, income, national origin, cultural personal values, beliefs and preferences. Our mission is woven throughout our fabric and discriminatory practices are not tolerated. We are sorry this issue has caused such turmoil. We will continue to stand behind our mission and provide care to all.”
BACKGROUND:
  • The nurse’s tweet came just hours after the Supreme Court’s Friday decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade which offered federal protections for abortion, nationwide.
  • The court found that the Constitution does not protect abortion rights and handed the decision back to individual states to decide.