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Stop the Bullying Now — Stand up for Nurses and Patients

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Have you heard about the plight of Amanda Trujillo, an RN who was fired by Banner health in Arizona for educating a patient in the process of obtaining informed consent?

The physician threw a well documented tantrum because the patient decided against the procedure after being educated. The physician demanded the nurse be fired and he has filed a complaint against the RN with the AZ Board of Nursing. This keeps her from being hired anywhere else in AZ.

Listen to this interview and read more about this case. You can also sign a petition for the AZ BRN to remove the “under investigation” status from Amanda’s license. Follow this situation on FACEBOOK.

Stand up for the entire nursing profession, for nurses who advocate for patients and stick to the tenants of informed consent. Call the AZ BRN (602-771-7800) or email them (arizona@azbn.gov). This could happen to you, your loved ones or your patients. 

Bullying is a big issue for children trending all over the media. As adults we need to stand up and STOP the BULLYING in the workplace! Too many “good old boy” docs have gotten away with this for far too long and patients suffer for it. Health care costs are adversely affected. Lives are in jeopardy, and too many great nurses are lost because of it.

Please spread the word.

Thank you!!!

UPDATE: Read Kim’s post at Emergiblog to discover why the ANA isn’t taking a stand on this issue and supporting NURSES!!!  (The current ANA President is affiliated with Banner Health– conflict of interest?!) Shame on Banner Health!!

10 Comments

  • Nurse Charli

    That's horrible! Do nurses in USA have a union or something similar in order to help protect jobs? Here in Australia we have various unions for each state which ideally should protect us from such bullying.

  • Kim

    Short, to the point and with all the pertinent information right there – I love it! Passing it along!

  • Orfyn RN

    Conflict between Physicians and Nurses is rarely resolved in favor of the nurse, even when the Physician behavior is horrific. Why? Look at the history of hospitals, doctors and nurses. And secondly, follow the money. I have witnessed assault an battery committed by Physicians on Nurses, and all the authorities turn their backs and do nothing. And the hospital usually threatens or fires the Nurse if the Nurses raises a fuss.

  • GRC - Greg

    In response to this corruption and the attack on Amanda and other Nurses' ability to advocate and educate patients free of retaliation, we have put up a Change.org petition to boycott Arizona until we see some BON changes – please check it out & help us spread the word, next Hearing is 3/19 and AZBON reauthorization is still in the Legislature – we're running out of time on this unusually opportune time for positive change.

    See http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-state-of-arizona-address-corrupting-factors-in-the-arizona-board-of-nursing

    and/or

    http://wp.me/p278fi-iV

    Thanks,
    Greg Mercer, MSN

  • GRC - Greg

    In response to this corruption and the attack on Nurses' ability to advocate and educate patients free of retaliation, we have put up a Change.org petition to boycott Arizona until we see some BON changes – please check it out & help us spread the word, next Hearing is 3/19 and AZBON reauthorization is still in the Legislature – we're running out of time on this unusually opportune time for positive change.

    See http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-state-of-arizona-address-corrupting-factors-in-the-arizona-board-of-nursing

    and/or

    http://wp.me/p278fi-iV

    Thanks,
    Greg Mercer, MSN

  • Andrew Lopez

    Thank you Kathy Quan for following Amanda's case, this is the latest.

    The War Against Amanda Trujillo, April 25, 2012, Mother Jones, RN, Nurse Ratched's Place:"I still support Amanda Trujillo and some people who have read the allegations against Amanda have questioned my judgment. Frankly, I don't believe these allegations because I personally know two other nurses who have been reported to their nursing boards by their former employers. One of my friends was reported to the BON after she spoke up about unsafe nursing practices at a shady nursing home, and the other was reported after he chastised hospital administration for placing psychiatric patients and staff in an unsafe environment. Their former employers cooked up all kinds of false allegations against my friends who are both stellar nurses. Their former employers crucified their character, but in the end they were both cleared of any wrongdoing by their respective state nursing boards. There is an escalating pattern of abuse as more unscrupulous employers are using nursing boards as the ultimate scare tactic to keep nurses "in their place. " Amanda is just another victim of this ploy."
    http://www.nurseratchedsplace.com/2012/04/the-war-against-amanda-trujillo/

  • Andrew Lopez

    The Moment of Impact: April 21, 2010: by #AmandaTrujillo, MSN, RN, #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare:"The day my life collided with something greater than I could ever wrap my head around in this lifetime…..I heard a quote recently that conveys the enormity of the year’s events…its message, perfection, but not in the way I would like to envision life perfected, the way I want it, the way I wanted it, the way I thought I had it…..in any case, I like this quote because it encompasses the past, the present, and the future all at once."

    http://nurseinterupted.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/the-moment-of-impact-april-21-2010/

  • Andrew Lopez

    Fired for educating a patient? TruthAboutNursing.org, May 2012:"On February 1, the Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO-TV ran a short but good item by Peter Busch about veteran local nurse Amanda Trujillo, who said she had been fired by Banner Del Webb Hospital and had a complaint filed against her with the state board of nursing because she had educated a patient about the risks of an upcoming surgery and scheduled a consult about hospice. A hospital spokesman reportedly said that "the doctor, ultimately, is the focal point that directs care for patients" and that "company policy" forbids nurses to order a case management consult. The report does not mention other accounts suggesting that these events were set in motion because the patient's surgeon was displeased that the patient had decided against the surgery."

    http://www.truthaboutnursing.org/news/2012/may/trujillo.html