New York nurse loses license for taking picture of patient's penis

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 29, 2016 at 11:11 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 29 (UPI) -- An upstate New York nurse with the appropriate last name Johnson surrendered her license after she snapped a picture of an unconscious patient's penis.

The New York Education Department announced it granted a request from Fulton resident Kristen Johnson, 27, to surrender her nursing license.

The department said Johnson "did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice."

Johnson pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating unlawful surveillance photos. The plea deal required her to surrender her license to practice as a registered nurse and complete three years of probation.

Investigators said Johnson was arrested in May 2015 after an investigation determined she had snapped a photo of an unconscious patient's penis with her iPhone 5 and sent the picture to coworkers at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Johnson also used her smartphone to take video of another nurse cleaning a female patient's gastrointestinal blood clot, investigators said.

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