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5 Comments

  • Michele Roberts
    Michele Roberts

    January 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    As usual Kim, you are dead on right – and you are an inspiration to all of us out there in cyberspace –
    I can’t imagine how Ms. Trujillo must feel, but I know from my experience that she must wake up every day raging mad at the absurdity of her situation. Having worked in an institution that rewarded those who “obeyed” the desires of the hospital, in essennce those who came in, punched the clock and made no waves (even if the care they gave was sub standard) and who came down with a heavy hand on anyone who tried to give their patients, units or co-workers a voice, how frustrating remaining true to oneself must be.
    I have written to the Arizona board of nursing, and I anxiously await their decision –


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