With Nurse Alex Wubbels, Let's Fight for Our Privacy and Constitutional Rights!
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"Being a patriot doesn't mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries." - Edward Snowden
We, the colleagues and supporters of Alex Wubbels RN, can see how important July 26th, 2017 (a date which will live in infamy) is to her.
On that day, Nurse Wubbels, a former winter Olympian skier, knew she was going to advocate for and protect her unconscious patient, an off-duty Rigby (Idaho) reserve police officer named William Gray.
Officer Gray, a part-time truck driver, was a victim of an auto accident in which his truck was struck by a speeding vehicle chased by a Utah state police car. The suspect was killed in the crash.
And, Gray was severely injured and burned in the fiery crash. He was in a comatose state when he was admitted to the Burnt Unit in the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In any patient care settings and at any time, Nurse Wubbels would often strictly but joyfully adhere to a professional "Code of Ethics" which requires her to protect and to serve her patients like Officer Gray.
Like Nurse Wubbels, we understand that constitutional law, patient-consent law, and hospital policy are equally valued by caring and loving nurses like her.
We know that Nurse Alex Wubbels RN exists for a reason: She truly cares for her patients.
Without Officer Gray's consent, his being under arrest, or a warrant, Nurse Wubbels refused to allow Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne to conduct a blood draw from her unconscious patient.
Payne's watch commander, Lt. James Tracy, ordered the detective ( who also worked as a police phlebotomist and a part-time paramedic) to arrest Nurse Wubbels if she refuses to let the police conduct a "blood draw" from the unconscious police officer, resulting in the violently assault and wrongfully arrest of the well-trained Utah nurse who was... protecting Officer Gray's rights.
The video of the incident captured by a police body camera has angered many concerned citizens, resulting in the announcement of this petition and our taking action on the long overdue criminal justice reform issues.
Our mission is clear and concise: We admire and respect Nurse Wubbels: "she stood for what is right, which is to protect the patient." Now, we are taking action to assist her in making her voice heard.
We realize the assault and arrest during the controversial incident in July involving Nurse Wubbels and two individual LEOs (law enforcement officers) Detective Payne and Lt. Tracy prove to be unacceptable and violent. We must help Nurse Alex make her voice heard and take action to protect patients, nurses, other healthcare professionals, and our hospitals.
Since Nurse Wubbels' ordeal signals a national call to action, we'd like to help her if we can. Because we respect Nurse Wubbels' commitment to putting her patients' interests ahead of her own, we must "watch her back."
Here is the hard, cold truth...
We're saddened to see that the University of Utah Hospital's police and security did not protect her during the controversial incident. Today, many patients and nurses around the U.S. worry about their constitutional rights and feel unsafe in the patient care setting in which they work.
Let's see if we can make our collective voice heard together: It is incumbent upon us all to advocate for and protect all patients in all patient care settings and at all times.
Moreover, all nurses and all other healthcare professionals must be afforded the opportunity to work in a safe environment while they care for their patients. And, we concerned citizens must implore states and the federal government to states to provide better training to all LEOs in the U.S.
Moreover, they must be thoroughly educated about important issues like patient-consent, privacy, and constitutional freedoms and rights. And, they must abide by the policy of each hospital in the U.S.
Let's stand firmly with Alex and unite for a worthy cause!
We share Nurse Wubbels' heighten concerns about the patients and her fellow nurses. It's imperative that we safeguard the three pillars on which all hospitals ought be established: Dignity, Safety, and Sanctuary.
To succeed, we'll work as hard as we can. And, we'll pay attention to her concerns.
It's time to make each hospital in the U.S. a "sanctuary hospital." Together, we can encourage states and the federal government to take remedial action to facilitate the safety of every patient care setting around the nation.
Remember... This petition was started by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who values the U.S. Constitution, motivating many concerned Americans to call upon our Senators and Representatives in Congress to pass common-sense legislation now to prevent another incident like the one that occurred on July 26th, 2017.
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Let's roll up our collective sleeves and inundate President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. Congress with our demands for protecting the constitutional rights of patients and medical professionals like Nurse Wubbels, making a violation of hospital policy a felony, and demanding that all LEOs get more training and be well-versed in important issues like patient-consent and constitutional law.
With your help and support, we all can make a huge impact! To learn more, go to: www.AlexWubbels.com
Update: Officer William 'Bill' Gray, whose privacy and constitutional rights Nurse Alex bravely safeguarded, later died on September 25th, 2017. On October 6th, he was laid to rest with honors in Rigby, Idaho.
Update: Nurse Wubbels settled a lawsuit with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.
Update: Salt Lake City Police Department fired Detective Jeff Payne and demoted Lt. James Tracy to Officer.
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