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Arizona’s attack on nurses: the Amanda Trujillo case goes viral

From KPHO (Phoenix CBS), Nurse says she was fired for educating patient

PHOENIX (CBS5) – Inside Banner Del Webb Hospital in Sun City West, nurses are constantly tending to sick patients.

That’s what Amanda Trujillo said she was doing last April when she spoke with a patient on the eve of their surgery.

“I discovered that they had a very big misunderstanding about what they were about to participate in,” Trujillo told CBS 5 News.

Trujillo, a licensed nurse in Arizona since 2006, said she advised the patient of possible complications.

The patient decided to delay the surgery and reconsider his or her options.

Trujillo said she also ordered a case management consult for the patient to be educated about hospice care.

“The doctor, ultimately, is the focal point that directs care for patients,” said Banner spokesman Bill Byron, who said company policy prevents nurses from ordering a case management consult.

“This is what we go to school to do. We are licensed to teach our patients, we are licensed to advocate,” said Trujillo.

Right after that conversation, Trujillo said she was let go and a complaint was filed against her with the Arizona Board of Nursing.

Now, Trujillo said she is fighting to clear her name – not just for herself, but so other nurses aren’t afraid to do their jobs.

“What this hospital is doing is establishing a culture of fear, and what the board is doing by supporting that is they’re setting that example that the education of a nurse is not valued,” said Trujillo.

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The Arizona Board of Nursing said they will discuss Trujillo’s case at their next meeting in March.

From In the Footsteps of Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks made history when she refused to move to the back of the bus and she was persecuted for her actions. She wasn’t trying to start a movement when she refused to move. She said that she was tired and just trying to get home. Amanda Trujillo wasn’t trying to start a movement either.

Amanda Trujillo

Now Amanda is being persecuted for her actions. A lot of people have asked me why the Amanda Trujillo case resonates with nurses. It’s because nurses are tired of being treated like second class citizens.

Nurses have few rights and little protection in the workplace. We are abused and bullied by nurse executives who cherish corporate profits.

Frankly, we’re tired of being told to go to the back of the healthcare bus. And God help the nurse who says no, they aren’t moving. He or she is ridiculed, fired, dragged before the state board of nursing and threatened with the loss of their nursing license.

Now, with the support of others, Amanda is fighting back. She isn’t doing this for herself, she is fighting for our patients and the nursing profession. Great changes begin with one person.

Rosa Parks said that you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. Amanda is doing the right thing and she will win, and by doing so, we will all win in the end.

Please visit Nurse Up! to learn more about the Amanda Trujillo case.

Links to more about the Amanda Trujillo case are below:

1. Advocating for a fellow Nurse: Amanda Trujillo 2. The power of social media #NurseUp
3. The Nurse Stands Alone… 4. The Persecution of Amanda Trujillo
5. The Persecution of Amanda Trujillo 6. Fellow Nurse in Jeopardy – Call to Action
7. My Letter to the Arizona Board of Nursing 8. Amanda Trujillo: A Fellow Nurse on the Ropes
9. Open Letters to the AZ BON on behalf of Amanda Trujillo 10. Letter to AZ Board of Nursing Re: Amanda Trujillo
11. Advocating For A Nurse Standing Alone 12. Audio Interview w/Amanda Trujillo
13. Amanda Trujillo: Exposing the Truth 14. Support Your Fellow Nurse
15. Stop the Bullying Now — Stand up for Nurses and Patients 16. Patient Advocacy: Our Duty, Our Right
17. Standing With Amanda Trujillo 18. The Hopeful Healer/Nurses Who Care
19. Banner Health Strikes Blow Against Patient Advocacy 20. Banner Health Strikes Blow Against Patient Advocacy
21. The Case for Amanda Trujillo: The Amanda Within Us 22. Why I Choose to Publicly Support Amanda Trujillo, RN
23. The Case For Amana Trujillo: The Amana Within Us 24. Medical Ethics and Me
25. Stand Together 26. RN Amanda Trujillo Becomes a Call to Arms
27. Nurse Bloggers For Amanda Trujillo 28. Everybody Look What’s Goin’ Down
29. My Public Support for Amanda Trujillo 30. Stand Together
31. Nurse Fired for Being Patient Advocate 32. Nursefriendly Resource Hub-Amanda Trujillo Contact
33. Let’s Pin Arizona Board of Nursing and Banner Health 34. The Arizona Board of Nursing and Amanda Trujillo
35. Amanda Trujillo: A Nurse Under Fire 36. Nurse Blogosphere leads to outrage!
37. Best in Nurse Blogs: Amanda Trujillo Edition 38. Note to Banner Health: Patients are Not RGUs
39. Mandated By Law, Obligated By Ethics 40. Nurses association, my very own arcade claw machine
41. Amanda Trujillo – RN Fired for Being a Patient Advocate 42. The Curious Case Of Amanda Trujillo
43. What Threatens One Arizona RN Threatens Us All 44. Here’s the plan: Lets make the powers WANT to help Amanda T
45. Banner Health, AZ Board of Nursing: A Personal Vendetta? 46. Nurse Up for Nurse Amanda!
47. Banner Health, Arizona BON: Personal Vendetta? 48. An Update on AZ Nurse Amanda Trujillo Case
49. I Blogged About Nurse Amanda Trujillo’s for Personal Gain 50. A Letter From the Arizona Nurses Association
51. Trujillo License is not revoked: 52. (Not) Everybody’s Talkin’
53. Ripples: A Conversation with Amanda Trujillo (Part 1 of 3) 54. Crossing the Line? Or Doing Her Job? Nurse Fired f
55. Why Doctors Aren’t Talking about Amanda Trujillo 56. Waves: A Conversation with Amanda Trujillo (Part 2 of 3)
57. The Nurse: The Swiss Army Knife of Healthcare 58. Nurse Up for Nurse Amanda!
59. Lou Show: Interview with Nurse Amanda Trujillo who was 60. Can We All Get Along? The Doctor-Nurse Relationship
61. RN = Patient Advocate, But MD Disagrees 62. Why Nurses are Furious about the Amanda Trujillo Case
63. Banner would fire Florence Nightingale 64. The ANA Finally Talks About the Amanda Trujillo Case
65. The ANA: Supporting Nurses, Until You Need It 66. Hush, Hush…Keep It Down Now, Voices Carry
67. Amanda Trujillo RN 68. Letter?to AZ Governor re Conflicts of Interest in this case
69. Show Me How Much You Care, AzNA 70. #NurseUp and Educate On
71. Here’s What You Think About RN Amanda Trujillo’s Story 72. ANA Finally Acknowledges RN Amanda Trujillo
73. Health literacy, EOLCare & Advocacy for Patients 74. Nurse Leader Carol Gino Advocates for Embattled RN
75. When Nurses Attack At the Highest Levels 76. AZ ICU Nurse & New Wife
77. Amanda Trujillo’s Case: A Wake up Call 78. Just Lie Back and Think of Florence — Or Not
79. In the Footsteps of Rosa Parks 80. Why Nurses Are Where They Are


The most up-to-date list of links on the Trujillo case can be found at NurseUp!

11 comments on “Arizona’s attack on nurses: the Amanda Trujillo case goes viral
  1. This happen to this Latina nurse because of her ethnicity in AZ.nothing to do with patient care.What she did happens in hospital across USA. I was beaten and removed after 9/11 by my white Nursing boss just for telling a patient I was proud of being a Latina Nurse.The Michigan Civil Rights dept,punish me for bring the complaint to them.My white was protected after all Latinos all Latinos are criminals in a post 9/11 America not nurse.MORE POWER TO HER GIVEN THEM HELL BABY!

    • Gee, I thought this was about a hospital mistreating an employee over greed not because she’s Hispanic. Abie just writes about Hispanics howerver and if he knew she opposed MAS, then he would condemn her and not give her the time of day.

        • Not possible, I don’t have kids…

          My point is that Abie embraces anyone Hispanic or supportive of Hispanics until he gets a hint they’re not on his page and then he condemns then.

          David Shapira and Kirstyn Sinema are just two examples.

      • Strawman argument, AntiAbie!  What a load of crap you are to so summarily dismiss the author out of your own bias, as evidenced by your name.  Clearly you are not so interested in anything Abie writes other than to criticize everything Abie writes.

  2. Thank you for posting Amanda’s story! Remember that we are ALL patients and that nurses are the only ones at our bedsides 24/7. I’ve also been an RN for 34 years. You do NOT want the nurses caring for you to be afraid to speak up, to advocate for you when you need information, or when there is something wrong that needs to be righted. Nurses are intimidated, yelled at and threatened every day when they are simply trying to give you (US!) the care required by law. The nurse in this story was fired for “ruining all the hard work” of a doctor, because THE PATIENT DIDN’T WANT WHAT THE DOCTOR HAD PLANNED after learning what, exactly, that was. That patient could have been you, me, or your loved one in that bed. This case affects every one of us. Be watching closely. Get involved.

  3. Of course, we don’t know all the facts in this case, and more will be discovered as this moves forward..  However, based on what I’m reading here, Amanda was out of place in one regard:  instead of notifying the physician of the patient’s status (ie: reconsidering or cancelling surgery), she took it upon herself to order Case Management.  Yes, R.N.s are trained to educate, and it certainly within our scope of practice.  However, we sometimes get an air of superiority and forget that we are only one member of the healthcare team.  She ordered Case Management for Hospice Care?  Prescription/ordering is the realm of the physician, not a nurse.  Bad judgement on her part, if true!

  4. The latest on the case:

    Facing a Crossroads, #AmandaTrujillo, MSN, RN & the Arizona State Board of Nursing:”At the heart of Amanda’s case is Patient Advocacy. Her patient was having second thoughts about a Liver Transplant evaluation, and Amanda helped fill in the gaps. The doctor, Dr. Keng-Yu Chuang (Source AZBON public records), who had only offered the liver transplant, went ballistic when the patient asked for Hospice info instead. He demanded the hospital serve Amanda’s head up on a platter and that the Arizona State Board of Nursing be contacted.”

    • As a Master prepared registered nurse, #AmandaTrujillo indeed did what she was well educated to do. Someone should be asking the surgeon why the patient was not informed or offered Hospice care in addition surgery. The days of poorly informed patients must end. It is a disservice to patients and a huge waste of our limited healthcare resources. Any veteran healthcare worker knows that Amanda did what was right as a patient advocate. The problem is that healthcare cultures have not caught up to the needed changes, and the hospital buckled to the physician’s tirade. These times, they need to change. American’s cannot afford any more of this nonsense.

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