Issue Position statements on the Amanda Trujillo, RN
  • Petitioned Nursing Associations, United States National & State

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Issue Position statements on the Amanda Trujillo, RN

    1. Andrew Lopez
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Lopez

      West Deptford, NJ

We respectfully request that Nursing Associations Issue Position statements on the Amanda Trujillo, RN & Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City, Arizona situation.

Nurses who pay association dues every year. If you were in Amanda's position, would your professional nursing association Support You? 

For Amanda the answer from the American Nurses Association, Arizona Nurses Association was a resounding NO! Go get a lawyer they said.

When they fired Amanda Trujillo, RN and filed charges against her with the Arizona State Board of Nursing in retaliation for Patient Advocacy, they sent a chilling message to Patient & Healthcare Advocates everywhere. She was fired because she angered the wrong doctor, something that can happen to any nurse on a given day.

Nurses are at the front lines of Healthcare, we are the last line of defense for patients. If we are fearful that "speaking up" on patient safety issues may cause us to get fired, lose our jobs, have our professional licenses put in jepoardy, it is a powerful intimidation tactic by employers to "Keep Employees" in line.

It stops now. We need every nursing association to acknowledge what is happening and let their members know how they would respond.

Patricia Iyer, former president of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants explains and prepared a video statement:"The story of Amanda Trujillo is a horrifying one. Briefly, she is a single mom who fought to get off welfare and fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse. Not only did she become a nurse, she earned a masters degree in nursing. One night while working at Banner Health in Arizona, she took care of a patient who was being asked to undergo a liver transplant. In talking to the patient, Amanda learned that the patient did not fully understand what was going to occur."
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    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Fired for educating a patient? TruthAboutNursing.org, May 2012

      Andrew Lopez
      Petition Organizer

      :"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."

    3. National Nurses Week Isn’t All About Ice Cream Socials,Jennifer Olin BSN RN

      Andrew Lopez
      Petition Organizer

      :"When we were planning our coverage for Nurses Week here at RNCentral my editor asked if there
      was anything new on the Amanda Trujillo front we could include. My first reaction was, “not really.” Then I got to thinking. National Nurses Week isn’t all about ice cream socials and coffee mugs. While
      it is a week to talk about whom we are and what we want for the future of nursing it is also a time, I think, to talk about some of the darker aspects of this career choice and where we go with those
      issues.
      Nurses should be recognized for all they do for their patients, their facilities, and their community. It is great to be appreciated. I think during this week of focusing on advocacy, leading, and caring we
      should also look at nurses who believe they are doing the right thing but get called on the carpet."

    4. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Arthur Rivas NORWALK, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Providing information to the patient so thye can make an informed decision is what the primary role of healthcare should be. The nurse is a patient advocate and this nurse did her job.

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    • Yvonne Praschma NEWFIELD, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I support this case, as a patient was protected from harm. This nurse did her job as she had been taught in an ethical fashion

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    • Elizabeth Golluscio NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because my mother (a deceased RN) would have done the exact same thing! She was not afraid to "question" doctors' orders!!

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    • Beh Clouse SEVERN, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Although I am too ill to work as a nurse, I have been a nurse since 1977. I worked quite a lot of night shifts, & once the bustle of the day is over & there are no family/friends for whom they have to put on a brave face, patients quite often have questions. They'd tell me the doctor explained things but there was too much going on & they didn't catch it all. Others didn't remember any, sometimes all of the teaching. Still others needed their knowledge reinforced.

      Night nurses can't just wake up a doctor & say, "Doc, your patient didn't "get" your teaching, & now they're nervous," not unless you want an earful of foul language - plus, it CAN wait until rounds! I do know I've had my share of hissy-fits by doctors for teaching their patients - that's nothing new. BUT my facilities had the courage to back me up' they didn't throw me to the wolves.

      This all comes down to MONEY. The hospital wanted the insurance money for the transplant. Surgery makes them a lot. Ms. Trujillos' patient advocacy killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. I wonder what the doctor wanted the money for that he was so ticked off he ruined someone's life. Gambling debts, perhaps? New house? Another kid in college? Yacht? Blackmail? Has ANYONE looked into why this doctor needed the money from this surgery so badly? My guess is that they haven't, & they won't. Even if the guy is unethical as a politician-lawyer, they'll let him get away with it as long as they get their cut at the hospital. Never mind that there are tons of people who need liver transplants & WANT them. Nope. They might have to wait for their money.

      Of course, reduced Medicare reimbursements, reduced number of people with health insurance, fewer people seeking care even when they are sick so they don't get fired, plus the government demanding they buy tens of millions of dollars worth of computer equipment is enough to make any facility get ticked off when a sale goes bad...

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    • Raymond Twum-Barima PITTSGROVE, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Because i am sick and tired of MDs thinking they are infallible.

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