A nurse who reportedly made derogatory comments about the Black Lives Matter movement no longer has a job with Sutter Health.

The woman, who worked at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, reportedly posted “F*** BLM” on Facebook.

The comment sparked a protest outside the hospital Friday, with demonstrators shouting, “Racist nurses have to go. Racist health care has to go.”

Sutter declined to identify the employee by name or detail the circumstances around her departure, but said in a statement she was no longer with the health care system, which has hospitals and clinics around the Bay Area.

“When conduct by our employees outside of work — online or off — impacts our patients, teammates or organization, our commitment to equality and non-discriminatory practices requires that we take action,” Sutter said in a statement. “We do not comment on the specifics of employment matters, but we can confirm this individual will not be returning to Sutter Health.”

In recent weeks, health care experts have increasingly linked systemic racism to poorer health outcomes for Black people. Also on Friday, Kaiser Permanente said they would direct $100 million toward ending those inequities.

Speaking in front of the hospital, Alta Bates Summit CEO David Clark acknowledged protestors’ frustration but said human resources issues were confidential.

“We do not tolerate racial injustices or discrimination of any kind,” Clark said. “It is a privilege to take care of everybody in need.”

In a lengthy statement, the California Nurses Association, which represents health care workers at Sutter, said the woman is no longer a member of the union.

“Our organization opposes racially discriminatory behavior in any form,” the union said. “We believe that all patients have the right to be treated equitably and with dignity, and should never have to worry that their health care providers are giving them lesser or unsafe care because of their race or ethnicity, or any other factors or identifiers.

“Patients trust us with their lives at some of their most vulnerable moments, and we share a unique bond with them, a relationship that we value, honor, and hold sacred. Nurses who don’t share these values are in the wrong profession,” the union continued. “We applaud and stand in solidarity with nurses who are now raising their voices in their workplaces, communities, and out in the streets to defend Black lives. They are shining examples of nurses doing what we do best: advocating for our patients.”


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