Blount Memorial reports fired RN to state board over racist Facebook messages

Published: May. 30, 2020 at 4:14 PM EDT
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Blount Memorial Hospital released a statement saying a registered nurse who was terminated over a racist Facebook message has been reported to the Tennessee state board.

A hospital spokesperson released a statement on the incident:

Blount Memorial Hospital has terminated a registered nurse who made offensive and inappropriate posts on social media. The employee was terminated Monday morning after the messages were brought to the hospital’s attention over the weekend. Additionally, officials at Blount Memorial are also referring details of this termination to the Tennessee State Board of Nursing for its independent review. The comments made in the post were extremely offensive and inappropriate, and hospital officials want the community to know that they are not supported by the hospital’s code of conduct and they do not reflect the views or values of Blount Memorial Hospital. Blount Memorial is committed to providing patients, families, visitors and our employees a safe and non-discriminatory care and working environment.

We have been made aware of posts made by an employee on social media. The employee has been suspended without pay,...

Posted by Blount Memorial Hospital on Saturday, May 30, 2020

WVLT News asked a spokesperson with the hospital if the employee is Rachel Bowers.

"Based on our policy, we typically would be unable to confirm employee-related questions. However, in this unique situation, we are able to confirm this individual was suspended without pay earlier today," Jennie Bounds said.

Several viewers shared screen shots of what they claim are racist posts made by the woman on Facebook.

Community activist Denzel Grant, among others, made several complaints to the hospital in relation to the post.

"It’s a huge step forward to what we’re needing not only needed in Knoxville, but across the country - and that’s accountability. Holding people accountable who practice racism. Those who use racial slurs to belittle minorities in our country," Grant told WVLT News.

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