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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