We’ve all seen plenty of stories about someone spouting racist rhetoric, getting caught on social media, and then fired. It happens so often you have to question how they don’t know what the consequence of their actions will be.
So, it will come as little surprise that it’s happened again. A nurse for Long Island’s Northwell Health has been fired after racist private messages of hers were leaked online.
The messages leave little to the imagination.
Emily Patysiak works in SouthSide Hospital as a NURSE and this is her views about us hispanics and blacks. Please everyone retweet and share this disgusting karen. @NorthwellHealth pic.twitter.com/vgf1HpGrFU
— karla (@kcmxxo_) June 24, 2020
The nursing student is named Emily Patysiak. In her messages with this anonymous person, she tries to justify her racist beliefs and states that her hospital mostly treats gang members.
“My hospital is all gang members that are Spanish and black. That’s true. That’s all they do.”
“Half of them are here [because] they got shot. Or half of them are here [because] they’re so drunk it’s disgusting.”
She goes on to claim that half of her paycheck goes to “these scums.” She later says “half our taxes” go to people on welfare. Which is not how any of this works.
She also thanks the President, saying:
“So I’m glad Trump is trying to fix it bc I’m f**king done w it.”
Many online were disgusted.
This woman works for your hospitals. Taking care of MANY people of color. When in the medical profession you are supposed to be unbiased. This is anything BUT unbiased. This needs to be looked into. pic.twitter.com/rmRo0FafBG
— UnapologeticallyHonest (@Unapolo36184631) June 24, 2020
It was very racist.
She's white. Name is Emily Patysiak.
She stated no truth.
You have freedom of speech not freedom of consequences.
— Jasdeep Sandhu (@JustJas28) June 27, 2020
hey, @NorthwellHealth it’s come to the black communities attention that you have a racist nurse working in your staff by the name of “EMILY PATYSIAK” we demand she be fired. she is a danger to the minority community & we won’t feel safe until she is terminated. pic.twitter.com/WaNzYGQWEV
— 𝚍𝚗𝚍 (@bunniethegod) June 25, 2020
The images shared didn’t just have Patysiak’s messages, but also identified her Facebook profile and more importantly where she works. This led to people quickly tagging her employer to ask if they’re okay with employing someone who outright proclaims themselves to be racist.
Northwell Health didn’t hesitate to release a statement.
We appreciate you reaching out. We are investigating the matter and will be taking appropriate action. Northwell Health does not tolerate discrimination and is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion for our employees, patients and the community.
— Northwell Health (@NorthwellHealth) June 24, 2020
The fact that Patysiak works in healthcare is disturbing. Studies have consistently shown that minorities often receive lower-quality care compared to White patients due to systemic biases and individual prejudice.
So having a nurse who so willingly admits to these beliefs has no doubt just exacerbated these inequities.
“Northwell Health has been investigating an apparent online conversation involving a Southside Hospital employee & nursing student advocating racist views.”
“The views expressed were disturbing & have no place in our organization. The employee is no longer with the health system.”
People were not sad about it.
*insert “YOU ABOUT TO LOSE YOUR JOBBBB” jingle*
— Esteffany 🌻 (@DoubleF_Esteff) June 26, 2020
She probably needs to find another career
— Sandy (@Sandy49161910) June 25, 2020
How stupid can you be? Like yeah, racism is bad but I'm even more baffled that she proudly admits it like wdf?
— Hayato Shiraiwa (@HayatoShiraiwa) June 26, 2020
New York nurse proudly admits she’s racist, gets fired immediately https://t.co/aLdRGNp7a8
— havesomerespect (@vivian_terry) June 26, 2020
The response online largely expressed gratitude to the hospital for providing a safer space for the community and to Northwell Health for their dedication to diversity.