Saturday, April 21, 2012

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: A "Position Statement" on the "Amanda Trujillo, RN & Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City Arizona" situation is respectfully requested., A Nursing Advocacy Organization
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April 21, 2012

Mary Stahl, President
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-1491
1-800-899-2226 or 949-362-2000
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Re: Amanda Trujillo, RN, Masters-Prepared Nurse, Fired For Patient Advocacy.

Ms. Stahl:

Re: Amanda Trujillo, RN, Masters-Prepared Nurse, Fired For Patient Advocacy.

A “Position Statement” on the “Amanda Trujillo, RN & Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City Arizona” situation is respectfully requested. This is a commonly occurring situation in bedside nursing practice.  It could happen to any one of your members.  They need to know if they would have your support.

In the linked articles below, the case is explained in detail by Patricia Iyer, RN, Past President of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. There are additional documents, resources including the Arizona State Board of Nursing Charges available at htttp://

The American Nursing Association & Arizona Nurses Association to date have offered no assistance or support other than that they are “monitoring” her situation.

If you can suggest other organizations that would be willing to advocate for nurses in a situation similar to Amanda’s, we would like to list them on our site,

This request is supported by nursing and medical leaders including:

Annette Tersigni, Carol Gino, Dr. Dean Burke, Donna Wilk Cardillo, Echo Heron, Fern Baudo, Greg Mercer, Jennifer Olin, Keith Carlson, Michael Pergrem, Patrica Iyer, Shahina Lakhani, Terri Polick and many others.

Amanda Trujillo, RN  – Nurse fired for being a patient advocate, @PatIyer:”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 and is pursuing a doctorate 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.”

We firmly believe that she was fired because Banner Health is putting profits before patients, and this was threatened by Amanda’s Patient Advocacy.

Healthcare for People Not for Profit: Transplants and Amanda Trujillo, Center for Health, Media & Policy, April 4, 2012:”Organ transplantation is a complex and challenging undertaking for both the patient and providers. It can offer the appropriate patient opportunities for greatly improved quality and length of life and it can also offer an opportunity for profiteering and conflicted behaviors. As outlined below, transplantation produces significant revenue dollars, even for a “non-profit” hospital. Estimated U.S. Average 2011 Billed Charges Per Transplant: Heart Only – $997,700 Liver – $577,100 Kidney – $262,900 Nurse Amanda Trujillo identified that a patient she cared for at Banner Del E Webb Medical Center of Arizona lacked full information about what a transplant evaluation and post-transplant self-care entailed. She says she referred the patient for a hospice case management consultation. She was then fired for overstepping her scope of practice. Arizona’s scope of practice for nurses clearly dictates a nurse’s role to promote the client’s best interest.”
Center for Health, Media & Policy
Hunter College City University of New York
425 East 25th Street New York, N.Y. 10010

We would appreciate your support with our petitions to help Amanda.

Petition: Amanda Trujillo, RN & Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City, Arizona: Position Statements Requested

Petition: Arizona State Board of Nursing: Remove Amanda Trujillo’s nursing license from “under investigation” status |

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Andrew Lopez, RN

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