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Facebook photo leads to dismissal from nursing school


Four nursing students were dismissed from Johnson County Community College in Kansas after being photographed with a placenta during an off-site learning session. At least one student, Doyle Brynes, posted a photo of herself and the placenta on Facebook.
According to The Kansas City Star, the students were part of group of seven students who were attending an off-site lab with Johnson County Community College instructor Amber Delphia. The students reportedly asked if they could take pictures to post on Facebook. Delphia did not say no, but called Brynes about three hours after the student placed a photo on Facebook and asked her to take it down. Brynes did so. The next day, she — and the four other students who posed with the placenta — was kicked out of school.

Brynes is currently suing the school for reinstatement. While the school has said that Byrnes would be welcome to reapply for admission next fall, Byrnes was slated to graduate this May, marry in August and begin her nursing career in the fall.

In a letter to the students, the school of nursing called the students’ actions were “a disruption to the learning environment” that “did not exemplify the professional behavior that we expect.” Brynes’ attorney argues that the school does that not have a code of conduct that covers social media.

What do you think? Was kicking the students out the right move? Is there a better way to encourage the appropriate use of social media by future nurses?


Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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