On a separate occasion, Johnson used the phone to take a video of a nurse cleaning an incapacitated female patient’s gastrointestinal blood clot, the paper reported.
The Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation after the nurse’s co-workers complained about Johnson’s texts.
Police later discovered both the photo and the video on the nurse’s laptop.
Authorities initially charged Johnson with two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance and one count of second-degree disseminating unlawful surveillance, according to CBS affiliate WRGB.
As part of a plea deal, Johnson pleaded guilty in November to disseminating an unlawful surveillance photo, a misdemeanor.
The deal reduced felony charges against her but required her to give up her nursing license and spend three years on probation, according to the Post-Standard.
“Despite what certain people seem to think, it is a crime in the state of New York to view, broadcast or record images of another person’s intimate body parts, surreptitiously,” Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a statement last year, according to the Post-Standard.