Ashley Kay Grames wiki
Ashley Kay Grames Biography
Ashley Kay Grames is the Oregon nurse under investigation after she bragged about defying coronavirus safety guidelines in a video posted on TikTok.
Her employer, Salem Health, shared on Facebook that a nurse who had shown “indifferent disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic” had been “placed on administrative leave pending investigation.”
Grames’ video and TikTok profile were removed from the platform. But the clip was saved by other users and has been shared again.
Grames Suggested Coworkers Viewed Her as the ‘Grinch’ When They Learned She Doesn’t Wear a Mask Outside of Work
Grames used the name @ Loveiskind05 on TikTok, but suspended or deleted his account. Another user @ amandabutcher2 shared the Grames clip as a “duet” with his own comment. This version has received more than 265,000 likes.
In the clip, Grames was wearing her hospital uniform and had a stethoscope around her neck. The caption on the screen reads: “When my co-workers find out that I am still traveling, don’t wear a mask when you go out and let my kids have play dates.”
The audio in the TikTok video is from the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Grames lip-synched to the scene where the Grinch reveals himself to Cindy Lou Who, seeming to compare himself to the Grinch. The audio includes a few seconds of the Cindy Lou Who character screaming in fear as the Grinch mockingly screams in response.
@ amandabutcher2 stood next to Grames in the shared clip. She added text on the screen that says, “Imagine being an oncology nurse during a pandemic and bragging about not taking precautions.” Butcher also wrote in the description: “For each his own, but why brag about it to others? 🤦🏻♀️ I guess we could ask Loveiskind05 “.
Grames Has Been Working as a Nurse Since at Least 2015
According to the Oregon State Board of Nursing, Grames has been working in the health care field for at least a decade. Online records show that Grames became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in October 2010.
In July 2015, she had become a Registered Nurse (RN). Her current license was scheduled to expire in May 2021.
Grames’ official record did not include any disciplinary action at the time of this writing, according to the State Board of Nursing.
The TikTok video share identified Grames as an oncology nurse. However, your Board of Nursing profile does not include your specialty. The Salem Health statement referred to her only as a nurse and did not provide her department.
Grames’ Video Prompted Outrage & Calls for Her to be Fired
Oregon, like most of the country, has seen a sharp increase in the number of patients testing positive for the coronavirus. The governor ordered a “two-week freeze” that began on November 18 and was scheduled to end on December 2. During those two weeks, people across the state were asked to limit gatherings to six people, restaurants were restricted to takeout and delivery only and gyms and other recreational facilities were closed. Grocery stores and other retail establishments had to limit capacity, and indoor visits to long-term healthcare facilities were prohibited.
More than 900 people have died from the coronavirus in the state, according to the Oregon Health Authority. As of November 29, nearly 75,000 people had tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, the organization urged community members to “honor” the families of those who had lost loved ones to the virus “by redoubling our efforts to protect each other.” The OHA continues to urge people to wear a mask, stay six feet away from others, and limit social gatherings.
Grames’s apparent breach of these regulations in the TikTok video has some commenters calling for his dismissal. Salem Health addressed community concerns in a statement posted on Facebook: “This video has sparked outrage from concerned community members. We want to thank those of you who raised this issue with us and assure you that we are taking it very seriously. This person is not speaking on behalf of Salem Health and has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation. ”
Salem Health reiterated: “We also want to assure you that this single sloppy statement does not reflect the position of Salem Health or the dedicated caregivers and workers who work here. Salem Health believes that we must all do our part to protect the vulnerable and stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. This includes requiring staff, patients, and visitors to follow guidance from CDC and others on wearing masks and social distancing. The COVID pandemic is serious and requires a serious response. And at Salem Health we take our approach to COVID very seriously. ”
Salem Health allowed comments on the Facebook post. Many people commented that an investigation seemed unnecessary as she openly admitted that she did not comply with health and safety regulations outside of work. Others expressed dismay that she could have put her patients at risk and owed them an apology.