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Oregon woman who mocked COVID protocols no longer working as nurse

Ashley Grames is indefinitely prohibited from practicing as a nurse.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 9, 2020   Updated on Dec 9, 2020, 9:58 am CST

Ashley Grames, the Oregon oncology nurse who mocked COVID restrictions on TikTok last month, is reportedly no longer working at Salem Health.

According to KOIN, Grames agreed to stop practicing and signed an interim consent order on Dec. 7. The order is not considered a disciplinary action, but prohibits Grames from practicing as a registered nurse or caregiver until the Oregon State Board of Nursing vacates it.

In the deleted TikTok, Grames, dressed in scrubs, mimics audio from How the Grinch Stole Christmas over the caption, “When my co workers find out I still travel, dont wear a mask when I am out and let my kids have play dates.”

Grames was initially placed on leave, and Salem Health posted a statement to Facebook on Nov. 28, calling out Grames’ “cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic and her indifference towards physical distancing and masking outside of work.” It’s not clear if Grames quit or was fired, and Salem Health told BuzzFeed: “We do not publicly discuss personnel decisions.”

Grames deleted her TikTok account and has not made a public statement.

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*First Published: Dec 9, 2020, 9:57 am CST