The unnamed medic, aged in her 20s, told hospital chiefs in the city of Tula that wearing a uniform under her PPE clothing left her feeling “too hot”.
After a picture of the woman was shared widely on social media, she was punished for “non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing”.
She told bosses at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital that she did not realise the PPE she wore when treating Covid-19 patients on a male ward was transparent.
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”.
Her bosses initially said the woman was wearing “lingerie” but later claimed she had a “swimming suit” beneath the gown.
The nurse has not spoken publicly about the incident and the exact details of the disciplinary action were not revealed.
One patient said there was no objection from men in the ward while admitting there was “some embarrassment”.