dead men may tell no tales but loose lips do sink ships
Apparently, some Denver nurses need to take a lesson from fight club…
The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB!
Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after they inappropriately viewed a deceased patient’s body and talked about it, a hospital spokesman confirmed to Denver7 Investigates Tuesday.
A tip to Denver7 said the nurses disciplined admired the size of the deceased patient’s genitals and at one point opened a body bag to view parts of the body. A hospital spokesman confirmed details of the incident.
A different nurse heard one of the disciplined nurses make a comment in May that the nurse felt was inappropriate and reported it to hospital staff, Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Josh Rasmussen said.
“Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” a Denver Police report says.
violating a dead man
On the surface, this seems to be a humorous incident. Some nurses got carried away, got a little naughty, and paid a fairly steep price for their indiscretion.
Three weeks without work or pay is a relatively strong penalty, isn’t it?
At least that was my first thought.
Then I got thinking a little deeper, the peeking incidents might be a little more serious than they appear at first glance. What if the shoe was on the other foot? What if this was a young female deceased with charismatic genitalia, and it was male nurses who were peeking. Would the response have been similar?
I think not…
My guess is that would have been no laughing matter, and that the penalties likely would have gone beyond a mere suspension. I’d guess those hypothetical male nurses peaking at a dead woman’s genitals would have faced criminal charges. It’s not beyond belief to think that they would have been charged with some form of criminal sexual assault.
The facts of the matter are simple. A dead man’s privacy was seriously violated, multiple times. To my perspective, although there was no actual physical contact, his body was violated too.
It’s not like civilized society allows people to go around peaking at other’s genitals. Ya know?