Iowa hospital worker admits to nude photo of patient

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — State records show a housekeeper at a Waterloo medical center was fired in May after she admitted to photographing a nude patient being treated at the hospital.

Kimberly J. Niedert said at a recent hearing for unemployment benefits that “stupidity” led her to take the photo on May 26 at the Covenant Medical Center. An administrative judge later denied her benefits request.

The Des Moines Register reports the female patient was being treated at the hospital’s emergency room when Niedert used her cellphone to take a photo. The patient was unaware a photo was being taken.

Niedert, a 15-year hospital employee, was fired the next day. Hospital officials declined to comment on the case.