I have always considered the American Nurses Association my professional organization.
And I mean “my” organization.
I didn’t always agree with the political candidates they backed, the health care legislation they promoted, or the fact that my dues paid for political lobbying I might not agree with.
They didn’t support the National Nurse for Public Health, a very grass roots movement started by staff nurses and a cause very near and dear to my heart.
But, bottom line, they were for nursing, and I was a nurse, so they were there for me.
And while I most definitely took advantage of the online benefits, I never really needed the ANA for any personal, professional help or support.
Which was good.
Because it won’t be there if I do.
When Amanda Trujillo was first fired and then reported to the Arizona Board of Nursing by Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center for patient advocacy, she reached out to both the Arizona Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association for help and support.
She heard nothing.
But lately, lo and behold, there have been statements.
Here is the statement from the American Nurses Association, taken from their Facebook page:
“The American Nurses Association (ANA) is closely monitoring the case of Amanda Trujillo, MSN, RN, and has been in contact with her attorney. ANA strongly supports nurses and their right and responsibility to engage in patient education and advocacy.
ANA appreciates how difficult it is for a nurse to undergo an investigation of his or her practice by the state board of nursing. To be clear, ANA expects the Arizona Board of Nursing to follow its standard procedure, to render an unbiased judgment in this case, and to be fully transparent in its findings.
ANA advises that any nurse who has been alerted by the board of a complaint and an impending investigation retain legal counsel. It is the role of legal counsel to represent the nurse during the process. In addition, ANA cautions nurses and the public not to rush to judgments about complex cases based on social media postings or other media coverage.”
So, let me get this straight.
The ANA is “closely monitoring” the case. And they strongly support nurses…etc. BUT, if you are an RN who is under investigation they aren’t going to back you as an individual for one second.
Then again, if you are exonerated, their support is no longer needed!
What a win/win for the ANA! They can give lip service to your right to practice, but if you are being dragged through the mud by your state board, their lips are sealed. If you aren’t guilty of anything, well, hey! Great! Now you don’t need their support anyway!
Oh, but they appreciate the difficulty!
Ah, but they don’t have all the facts, you say.
Please. Nobody died in the Banner case. Nobody was harmed in the Banner case. A box was checked on a computer that sent an order for a case management hospice consult. Didn’t sign a patient up for hospice, just arranged for a nurse to talk to a patient.
For that, a one sentence complaint accusing an RN of practicing outside her scope gets sent to the Arizona Board of Nursing.
And the ANA can’t find it within themselves to commit to supporting the individual nurse.
They sure had no problem ramping up the support for the RNs in Texas! And that was BEFORE all the facts were in!
The next part should send chills up your spine.
“…and has been in contact with her attorney.”
The American Nurses Association has never contacted Amanda Trujillo about this at all. EVER.
She never gave them permission to contact her attorney. Never got a note or a call saying, “Hi Amanda, legally, we can’t speak with you about the case directly, but we would like to call your attorney, can we have his number?”
How did they get his contact information? Wasn’t from Amanda.
And the contact? Whatever it was had nothing to do with supporting her through this ordeal.
That’s a given.
“…ANA cautions nurses and the public not to rush to judgments about complex cases based on social media postings or other media coverage.”
Yeah, I just bet they do.
Well, folks, this is a social media posting.
You aren’t going to get the story from the Arizona Board of Nursing. All they do is threaten you if you speak out and ask for your entire medical history for the last five years so they can do a psychiatric evaluation because of retaliatory behavior. No story from them.
You aren’t going to get the story from Banner Health. Remember, they fired a nurse for patient advocacy. Not something you want to shout from the roof tops.
You aren’t going to get the story from the Arizona Nurses Association because their President happens to be the Director of Professional Practice at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, and they are connected to the ANA.
You aren’t going to get the story from the American Nurses Association because Amanda is under investigation, so they aren’t taking a stand.
So it looks like social media postings for now.
I apologize for my shortcomings.
Look for “other media coverage” to be hitting soon.