January 31, 2012, 5:42 pm
This is the problem.
There is a huge injustice being perpetrated against a nurse right this moment.
It’s getting worse.
And the ones who got the party started aren’t happy that it isn’t quiet.
That their moves, and their motives, are under public scrutiny.
That nurses are talking.
Because if you are quiet, it means they’ve got you frightened.
If you are quiet, it’s harder for the next nurse to speak out.
If you are quiet, it is easier to intimidate and retaliate against nurses with impunity.
I received a call from the Arizona Board of Nursing this morning. I am not able to obtain a copy of the Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center complaint against Amanda Trujillo, RN, MSN.
They are able to tell me that a complaint was filed, and what date it was filed, but the actual content of the complaint is confidential. A copy goes to the RN involved.
I appreciated the call, they could easily have sent an email.
That doesn’t mean I won’t see a copy of it, it just means I can’t get a copy from the AZBoN.
Well, it gets worse.
Today, ten months after the original complaint was filed, Amanda was advised that the Arizona Board of Nursing had called her university and reported that she is under investigation. Amanda is studying for her DNP.
Amanda got the email from her university, informing her of what they had been told.
Is it normal for boards of nursing to actively report registered nurses to their universities?
While the investigation is still going on?
I talked to a nurse investigator in Nevada, who said absolutely “NO”, they did not report nurses to universities., That until the case is decided, it’s confidential and there is no way of knowing that the nurse was in school or what school she attended.
There has been no disciplinary action against Amanda Trujillo by the Arizona Board of Nursing.
So why are they calling her university?
This has gone past a regular investigation of a complaint against the license of a registered nurse and has all the markings of a personal vendetta.
I’m no Morley Safter or Mike Wallace.
This blog isn’t 60 Minutes.
I’m just a blogging staff nurse who is aghast at what she is seeing and I have questions.
Who has ties to the Arizona Board of Nursing? What pull, if any, does Banner Health have with the AZBoN? What pull, if any does the doctor whose public display of rage set all this in motion, have with the Arizona Board of Nursing?
What ties does the Arizona Board of Nursing have with Amanda’s university?
And let’s keep in mind why all this is happening.
A patient received education concerning their condition and upcoming procedure, and a referral for a case management consult for hospice placed at the patient’s request.
No patient was harmed. No patient was killed. No medication given. No procedure done.
A patient was given information.
And god help the nurse who had the audacity to facilitate this autonomy, this right.
How can you not be outraged?
Andrew Lopez, RN
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