• Petitioned Governor Brewer

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Governor Brewer

We WIll Shun Arizona Until Abuses of Nurses Cease

    1. Greg Mercer
    2. Petition by

      Greg Mercer

      Arlington, MA


After multiple invitations to a civil dialogue regarding AZ BON, Governor Brewer has not replied or addressed any of the issues raised. In fact, the only response to date hase been an increase in the seeming intimidation and abuses of power directed at a Nurse, Amanda Trujillo, whose seemingly frivolous and abusive case before the Board has languished unresolved for a year to date, leaving her unemployed and impoverished.
Ongoing research suggests serious corruption in both local Nursing management and BON functioning, with many serious conflict of interest, intolerably poor accountability and transparency, and a system that allows for and even tacitly encourages abuses of power. All these concerns threaten the ability of Nurses in Arizona to meet their ethical and professional obligations, and thus threaten patient education and safety. Nurse Amanda Trujillo’s case is but one example.
While reasonable people can disagree on the interpretation of the case that led to her firing, no informed person can reasonably doubt that this case shows the regulation of Nursing in Arizona to be inadequate at best, and harmful to the public safety at worst. It also encourages an environment in which Nurses cannot perform actions within their well-established Scope of Practice and professional responsibilities without fear of retaliatory abuse that can easily ruin a career with little or no accountability on the part of those who file even the most ridiculous complaints.

Amanda’s next Board Hearing is scheduled 3/19/12, and the Arizona legislature is in the process of a scheduled reauthorization of the AZ BON’a rules and powers. These two opportunities for positive change, and the pressing situation I just described, have led a group of Nurse Advocates to post this petition calling for pledges to shun the following until we see credible, concrete evidence that these long-ignored issues are effectively addressed:

1) All Arizona-based tourism,
2) All possible Arizona health care,
3) All Arizona-based Nursing employment and education,
4) All conventions and other public events held in Arizona, and
5) All businesses who, on learning of these issues, nevertheless schedule events in Arizona.

The time has come for accountability in Arizona health care and regulation. As the local business community and government have shown no interest in providing such necessary changes, all American Nurses, patients, and citizens need to shine light on these dark areas and provide an impetus for responsible change.

Recent signatures


    1. We no longer use the word "Boycott"

      Greg Mercer
      Petition Organizer

      On the advice of friendly Nurse organization leaders, we have eliminated the word "boycott" from this petition as it might attract unwanted legal liability on the part of site allowing such posts, and for the writer of the petition - me!
      The substance of our campaign remains unchanged - corruption and the abuse of Nurses remains a national priority, and Arizona remains our test case fro efforts to turn back ongoing efforts to turn health care from a focus on patient needs to one of profits regardless of ethics.

      Thanks again for your interest and involvement in this pressing issue,

      Greg Mercer, MSN

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Obando NEWARK, NJ
      • over 2 years ago


    • Linda Thomas LEXINGTON, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      I also advocate my patient wishes and have asked the physician for a NO Code order. Am I exceeding my scope too???

    • Kathleen Jefferson ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I support this nurse who advocated for her patient through education. This is an ethical duty and a vital part of nursing practice. I would be glad to sign a petition to suspend the physician's license for causing much harm to all parties involved.

    • Diamond Callaway SURPRISE, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      It is situations like this that makes it harder for a nurse to do his or her due diligence. If we are doing something outside of our scope, or harmful to a patient the very same system that is allowing this disgrace of a situation would be quick in snatching our license. In a setting where some doctors seem to like to "play god" or act as if they don't make mistakes it is ridiculous for us not to have legal support when we are doing what we are obligated to do. Upon hearing of this situation I would not be surprised to find out that some nurses no longer want to make waves and risk losing their license by doing their jobs. I feel sorry for the patients that get these "gods". My questions are, why does a doctor have so much power and/or influence? What happened to patient autonomy and self-determination? How many more nurses will we lose for cases like this?

    • Former Banner DW Scapegoat SUN CITY WEST, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Because what they are doing is so wrong! More importantly because what Banner Del Webb is doing to good people is pure evil. Because I fear for the safety of the community and the vulnerable elderly in their care. Banner Del Webb does not care about the people. They only care about lining the pockets of their greedy CEO's and Administrators. The management team is just lacking in common sense and ethics.


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