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.

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 Trujillo2.The power of social media #NurseUp
3.The Nurse Stands Alone…4.The Persecution of Amanda Trujillo
5.The Persecution of Amanda Trujillo6.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 Trujillo10.Letter to AZ Board of Nursing Re: Amanda Trujillo
11.Advocating For A Nurse Standing Alone12.Audio Interview w/Amanda Trujillo
13.Amanda Trujillo: Exposing the Truth14.Support Your Fellow Nurse
15.Stop the Bullying Now — Stand up for Nurses and Patients16.Patient Advocacy: Our Duty, Our Right
17.Standing With Amanda Trujillo18.The Hopeful Healer/Nurses Who Care
19.Banner Health Strikes Blow Against Patient Advocacy20.Banner Health Strikes Blow Against Patient Advocacy
21.The Case for Amanda Trujillo: The Amanda Within Us22.Why I Choose to Publicly Support Amanda Trujillo, RN
23.The Case For Amana Trujillo: The Amana Within Us24.Medical Ethics and Me
25.Stand Together26.RN Amanda Trujillo Becomes a Call to Arms
27.Nurse Bloggers For Amanda Trujillo28.Everybody Look What’s Goin’ Down
29.My Public Support for Amanda Trujillo30.Stand Together
31.Nurse Fired for Being Patient Advocate32.Nursefriendly Resource Hub-Amanda Trujillo Contact
33.Let’s Pin Arizona Board of Nursing and Banner Health34.The Arizona Board of Nursing and Amanda Trujillo
35.Amanda Trujillo: A Nurse Under Fire36.Nurse Blogosphere leads to outrage!
37.Best in Nurse Blogs: Amanda Trujillo Edition38.Note to Banner Health: Patients are Not RGUs
39.Mandated By Law, Obligated By Ethics40.Nurses association, my very own arcade claw machine
41.Amanda Trujillo – RN Fired for Being a Patient Advocate42.The Curious Case Of Amanda Trujillo
43.What Threatens One Arizona RN Threatens Us All44.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 Gain50.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 Trujillo56.Waves: A Conversation with Amanda Trujillo (Part 2 of 3)
57.The Nurse: The Swiss Army Knife of Healthcare58.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 Disagrees62.Why Nurses are Furious about the Amanda Trujillo Case
63.Banner would fire Florence Nightingale64.The ANA Finally Talks About the Amanda Trujillo Case
65.The ANA: Supporting Nurses, Until You Need It66.Hush, Hush…Keep It Down Now, Voices Carry
67.Amanda Trujillo RN68.Letter?to AZ Governor re Conflicts of Interest in this case
69.Show Me How Much You Care, AzNA70.#NurseUp and Educate On
71.Here’s What You Think About RN Amanda Trujillo’s Story72.ANA Finally Acknowledges RN Amanda Trujillo
73.Health literacy, EOLCare & Advocacy for Patients74.Nurse Leader Carol Gino Advocates for Embattled RN
75.When Nurses Attack At the Highest Levels76.AZ ICU Nurse & New Wife
77.Amanda Trujillo’s Case: A Wake up Call78.Just Lie Back and Think of Florence — Or Not
79.In the Footsteps of Rosa Parks80.Why Nurses Are Where They Are


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