A woman says her mother was a patient at that same facility where nurse Kelly Morris worked before Morris said she was suspended for posting TikTok videos that Morris said are just jokes. Whitley Patterson says her mother was taken to The Citadel Winston-Salem, where Morris worked, after her mother had a heart attack earlier this year. Because of the pandemic, Patterson could not visit her mother but had been told she was expected to make a full recovery.She finally was able to schedule a time to visit her mother in a tent outside the facility in March.”I was expecting to see her that Monday at the tent and I got a call that Sunday that said that she passed,” Patterson said. Her mother was just 51 years old. Patterson said seeing TikTok videos joking about patient health from a nurse at the facility drives her mad. “I was very disturbed. Very,” Patterson said. “She was my best friend and it’s just overwhelming, it is. No words can express just how that video makes me feel.”After our story Monday, Morris’ TikTok account was removed by the platform, but she returned under a new username, blaming trolls for her removal. Monday The Citadel Winston-Salem’s parent company Accordius Health told WXII 12 News they would not tolerate any abuse and had “reported her actions to all appropriate state and federal agencies.”The North Carolina Board of Nursing would not confirm if they had received a complaint or opened an investigation into Morris, but their bylaws stipulate disciplinary action can be taken against any nurse who “engages in unprofessional conduct that is nonconforming to the standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practice or the ethics of the nursing profession, even if a patient is not injured.”Kelly Morris told WXII 12 News her videos are just jokes and she doesn’t believe they violate ethical standards, but for Patterson, that answer just isn’t acceptable.”Everybody knows that’s not a joke. If you want to play, that’s not the profession or the field you need to play in. If you want to play you need to play with some children. Don’t play with people’s lives. Play outside of the clock,” Patterson said.

A woman says her mother was a patient at that same facility where nurse Kelly Morris worked before Morris said she was suspended for posting TikTok videos that Morris said are just jokes.

Whitley Patterson says her mother was taken to The Citadel Winston-Salem, where Morris worked, after her mother had a heart attack earlier this year. Because of the pandemic, Patterson could not visit her mother but had been told she was expected to make a full recovery.

She finally was able to schedule a time to visit her mother in a tent outside the facility in March.

“I was expecting to see her that Monday at the tent and I got a call that Sunday that said that she passed,” Patterson said. Her mother was just 51 years old.

Patterson said seeing TikTok videos joking about patient health from a nurse at the facility drives her mad.

“I was very disturbed. Very,” Patterson said. “She was my best friend and it’s just overwhelming, it is. No words can express just how that video makes me feel.”

After our story Monday, Morris’ TikTok account was removed by the platform, but she returned under a new username, blaming trolls for her removal.

Monday The Citadel Winston-Salem’s parent company Accordius Health told WXII 12 News they would not tolerate any abuse and had “reported her actions to all appropriate state and federal agencies.”

The North Carolina Board of Nursing would not confirm if they had received a complaint or opened an investigation into Morris, but their bylaws stipulate disciplinary action can be taken against any nurse who “engages in unprofessional conduct that is nonconforming to the standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practice or the ethics of the nursing profession, even if a patient is not injured.”

Kelly Morris told WXII 12 News her videos are just jokes and she doesn’t believe they violate ethical standards, but for Patterson, that answer just isn’t acceptable.

“Everybody knows that’s not a joke. If you want to play, that’s not the profession or the field you need to play in. If you want to play you need to play with some children. Don’t play with people’s lives. Play outside of the clock,” Patterson said.

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