Jennifer Olin, BSN, RN from RN Central reached out about the Amanda Trujillo story to ask, “How did you pick up this story, and why did you decide to run with it?”
My comment below just touches on what this really means to me, and everything that we’ve already done as a core group at the #NurseUp movement is just the beginning. You can read the article posted on RN Central from the slide show below to hear from a number of nurse bloggers out there who have helped with this tremendous cause.
“After reading her (Amanda’s) open comments, and the case notes, I quickly formulated my opinion that she was within her scope and her right as a nurse to advocate for her patient.
My primary role over the last four years has been to advocate for patients who are intellectually and developmentally disabled. They too have the right to quality care, and it requires a tremendous amount of effort to provide education and support to both the patients and the families to ensure that they are making an informed decision.
Recently, I organized a collaborative platform with Anna and Keith to give a shot in the arm of this profession, and to really support nurses in being able to work their full potential. We are extremely passionate about being nurses, and our cause to elevate this profession. When Amanda’s story came to light, I felt as if the integrity of being a nurse was being challenged. I truly felt as if our profession was sucker punched as this blow to Amanda was both unfair and unethical. I thought, how can we lose another nurse on the front lines when it is a vital role that we have to educate our patients and our numbers are already limited? My responsibility as an advocate immediately shifted to a fellow nurse in need. This became an opportunity for me to pay it forward to our profession, to thank Amanda publicly, show my support for her as a nurse, and raise awareness for our profession. I wanted to ignite my online podium and reach out to all nurses letting them know I am firmly planted in our cause to provide safe and ethical patient care, and that as long as we are united, then our voices will be heard.”
Thank you @innovativenurse for following Amanda's case, this is from TruthAboutNursing.org
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
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/
Thank you @innovativenurse 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/