“Pinay Nurse” in trouble for Facebook photos with corpse

Geneva, SwitzerlandA nurse in Switzerland is under criminal investigation after posting pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman.

According to the Swiss national nurses’ federation, they were “shocked and saddened” by the actions of the nurse from the eastern city of Saint Gallen.

In a string of pictures revealed Friday by the 20 Minuten newspaper — among them was an image of the nurse laughing and posing at the bedside of a dead woman, apparently in a care home, alongside off-colour comments in English.

The newspaper blanked out the faces of the nurse and the dead woman, as well as the nurse’s Facebook name and those of people who commented on the posting.

Other pictures posted on the woman’s page — which featured what appeared to be Satanist imagery — showed her standing in front of an ambulance, sitting on a motorbike and cavorting in sado-masochist poses.

Later Friday, the tabloid Blick said it had managed to identify the woman as an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a Swiss man.

The newspaper said the woman worked as a cook not a nurse, and was also offered sado-masochist services.

Apparently, those pictures had been taken in January last year at a care home in the community of Mogelsberg which was subsequently closed for unrelated reasons.

The woman reportedly told Blick that she had simply wanted to show a friend back home in the Philippines the realities of life and death in Switzerland.

“I didn’t mean to hurt anyone or show a lack of respect,” she was quoted as saying.

Blick said it had also managed to contact the relatives of the dead woman, and that they had demanded that all pictures of her be removed from the Internet.

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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