Nurse who refuses to give Viagra to conservative white men quits

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An Illinois Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who swore on Twitter that she would refuse to prescribe Viagra (sildenafil) to white conservative male patients quit the day after his post went viral.


The discriminatory tweet with political overtones comes just days after the US Supreme Court issued its decision to overturn Roe v Wade, which allowed abortions.

Libs of TikTok, which featured the tweet, identified the nurse practitioner as Shawna Harris. More than a dozen visitors to WebMD’s Healthcare Directory, which lists Harris as a specialist in family medicine, gave her a 1-star rating (out of 5 stars) after publication. Among the comments left on the site:

“By threatening patients who hold views she opposes, she has broken the bond of trust between patient and doctor.” Another visitor said: “If you are white and conservative I would be careful to go here because she tweeted that she is withholding meds due to race and political affiliation. It’s scary.”

Meanwhile, the health system where she worked, Sarah Bush Lincoln in Sullivan, Illinois, in a since-deleted biography, rated Harris’ rating at 4.8 stars out of 5. The biography stated that she was a nurse practitioner family certified and that she was certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Sarah Bush Lincoln published the APRN apology and resignation on Twitter. “I am deeply sorry for my social media posts,” she wrote, according to the health system’s tweet. “I let my personal feelings speak. These hateful words do not match the way I provided care to my patients.”


Jerry Esker, President and CEO of the Health System, also said in the message: “Our mission is to provide exceptional care to all. This means that we provide care to all, regardless of race, religion , gender, sexual orientation, disability, income, national origin, personal cultural values, beliefs and preferences”.

Esker added that he wanted to speak with the APRN before taking any action and that “everyone is entitled to due process,” according to the health system post.

Sarah Bush Lincoln is a 145-bed, nonprofit regional hospital in east-central Illinois, according to its website.

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