No funny, vintage picture today.
An Arizona nursing colleague is in danger of losing her license for acting as a patient advocate within her scope of practice.
Her hearing, initially scheduled for today, has been delayed for two months so this registered nurse can undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Yes, that is correct.
Providing appropriate patient education in the face of a major knowledge deficit, and obtaining information for the patient, at the patient’s request, is now grounds for a sanity check.
Especially if you piss off a doctor.
<Taking a breath. Centering. Doubling up on BP medication>
The nurse is Amanda Trujillo. Her story, Arizona Nurse Has License Threatened By Doctor After Providing Patient Education is at The Nerdy Nurse, complete with original email and brief.
The psych eval is beyond belief. If you can’t bring ’em down on practice issues, intimate that they are mentally ill and delay the process.
Where is the American Nurses Association? What on earth are you there for if not to support the practice of nursing? If this isn’t a hit to the heart of what we do every day, please define what it is we ARE all about!
The Arizona Nurses Association has done nothing, and this has gone on for almost a year (in fact, Amanda notes in a comment that the President of the Arizona association is a Director at the hospital she was fired from!) By the way, hit the link and look at their Mission Statement.
I’m not very proud of my profession right now.
Nurses not only eat their young, but God help you if the almighty Medical Establishment gets ticked off.
Nurses talk a great game. In the Halls of Academia and the Ivory Towers of Those Who Claim to Advance The Profession, it’s all “Nursing Is An Independent Profession” and we tirelessly “Fight For Our Right To Practice To The Full Extent Of Our Education And Training”.
Unless you’re down in the trenches doing patient care every day and someone gets angry that you have dared to advocate. And if that Someone is a Doctor, well, the bigwigs scatter to the four corners of the ring.
Musn’t create controversy.
Hell, they aren’t even standing on your side of the arena.
I guess all that support for the Texas nurses was a fluke.
Hope we enjoyed it while it lasted.
I salute my fellow nurses who are able to blog about this with clear heads and calm words.
I guess I’ve been doing this for too long, seen too much and just cannot believe this is happening in the 21st century.
To realize once and for all, bottom line, that if you are a staff nurse, no one has your back.
Even if you do the right thing by your patient. The right thing by the nurse practice act. The right thing by hospital policy.
One temper-tantrum throwing physician can derail your career!