Innovative Nurse: Why did you choose to publicly support Amanda Trujillo, RN?

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.”





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