The unnamed medic in her 20s said she was ‘too hot’ wearing her nurses’ uniform under the gown.
She told her managers at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital that she did not realise the PPE she wore when treating coronavirus patients was so transparent.
The nurse has not spoken publicly on the incident and the exact details of the discplinary action were not revealed.
One patient said there was no objection from men in the coronavirus ward while admitting there was ‘some embarrassment’.
A reader of local newspaper Tula News congratulated the nurse. ‘At least someone has a sense of humour in this gloomy, gloomy reality,’ said Sergey Ratnikov. Another supporter said: ‘Everyone shouted at her, but no one paid attention that she was dressed in this way because of the heat.
‘Maybe you need to yell at the management … because there is no normal air conditioning here.’
A woman commenter Marina Astakhova posted: ‘Well done, she raised the mood of the patients.’
And Valery Kapnin wrote: ‘Why punish the nurse, you need to reward her. ‘Seeing this outfit, no-one wants to die.’
Despite this, the regional health ministry reported that ‘a disciplinary sanction was applied to the nurse of the infectious diseases department who violated (uniform) requirements’.chiefs at first said the woman was wearing ‘lingerie’ but later claimed she had a ‘swimming suit’ beneath the gown.