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  1. Bunnyfreak
    Bunnyfreak March 6, 2012 at 8:04 am | | Reply

    Is there any way we can show our support as well? As a patient this is frustrating that a member of your care team would be fired for looking out for your best interest.
    It doesn’t surprise me though. I once had my primary Dr call and leave a message berating me about getting a second opinion from my gastroentrologist about a proceedure he wanted to do. My primary physican accused me of not trusting him. I wish I could say I found a new Dr then and there – I was young and naive. It took me awhile to replace him.

  2. Kelly Booth
    Kelly Booth March 6, 2012 at 8:56 am | | Reply

    I would much rather have a nurse like Amanda on my side also. I wish doctors would learn to check their egos at the door.

    1. Patricia Sheley
      Patricia Sheley March 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm | | Reply

      Amen! Especially Surgeons!

  3. Kim McAllister
    Kim McAllister March 6, 2012 at 9:15 am | | Reply

    Thanks for posting about this, Amy. While I relate to Amanda and what she is going through as a nurse, this case is 100% about patient advocacy, and that IS in our scope of practice. When it becomes a career-ending move to set up a referral that gives a patient the opportunity to just TALK to someone, we are ALL in trouble.

  4. Teresa Hart
    Teresa Hart March 6, 2012 at 9:58 am | | Reply

    too many doctors are seriously full of themselves! the best care for me is what I choose after being given all the options!

  5. Jennifer Olin
    Jennifer Olin March 6, 2012 at 10:23 am | | Reply

    This is such a universal topic and it deserves our support. What happened to Amanda has happened to many other nurses, the difference here is she sought support and didn’t stay quiet. And, I venture to guess what happened to her patient has happened to many others…did they ever find out they had options? It’s been said over and over, but one of our main jobs, as nurses, is to teach. It is mandated from the first days of nursing school and clearly falls in our scope of practice. Amanda didn’t order surgery, or medications or any other medical intervention. She “ordered” someone to come and talk to the patient about options. She comes before the Arizona BON in the next two weeks. I for one, will be standing behind her.

    1. Patricia Sheley
      Patricia Sheley March 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm | | Reply

      You know it has happened to other Nurses. I am Retired RN that would sure like to share my stories of how you are to keep Quiet to keep your JOb. I still have regrets that I did not go to the Media when my patient was Raped! I knew I would not have a job after that. I too had a family to support. I live with that guilt!

  6. AM
    AM March 6, 2012 at 11:24 am | | Reply

    My guess is that the surgeon got pissed to lose a patient and the hospital administrators don’t want that to happen. Just speculation on my part but I wouldn’t be surprised. Or else there is more to the story. How utterly ridiculous!!! Did the patient go through with the surgery?

  7. David
    David March 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm | | Reply

    The doctor’s name should be public.

    1. liz
      liz March 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm | | Reply

      I so agree, David.

    2. Patricia Sheley
      Patricia Sheley March 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm | | Reply

      Amanda Sue the doctor and get his name in Public Court Records!

  8. Greg Mercer, MSN
    Greg Mercer, MSN March 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | | Reply

    All of Amanda’s supporters greatly appreciate your fine work, and your support. A small but growing on-line group has developed, and out efforts to date have been hampered by our need to learn as we go, and the limits of our reach. My own blog is perhaps the youngest in the group: I started blogging and Social Media involvement in January, and the results have been gratifying and exciting. Otherwise I may well have not even heard of this important and compelling case. I was quite skeptical at first, as I am generally with all media reports, but my extensive research has built my confidence in Amanda’s cause, and its relevance to all Nurses and patients, and to all Americans who care about corruption in health care and government.

    Part of my research has been into the AZ BON rules, and I have submitted three public letters to AZ Governor Brewer to date, suggesting need changes to protect the public interest. (E.g. see ). There has been no response, except for a perhaps not coincidental increase in the seeming abusiveness of AZ BON towards Amanda. My careful review of AZ BON rules, by the way, indicate no restriction on public comment by the accused – none. In fact, Arizona law allows “any person,” whether AZ resident or not, to file requests for AZ BON rules changes as I have suggested to Governor Brewer. To date, Arizona’s admirable efforts towards Government transparency and accountability have, in my view, been thoroughly trumped by conflicts of interest between AZ State government, esp its BON, and corporate interests in health care. A pro-business position, when it becomes anti-ethics, anti-Nurse, and anti-patient, is completely unacceptable and unAmerican, and all Americans owe it to each other as citizens and ethical human beings to fight to address such wrongs.
    My blog also includes relevant legal precedents, other cases of Nurses abused for advocacy, AZ government and Banner Health contact information, ways to contribute and participate, and suggestions to put pressure on all involved parties to to the right thing at long last, in for no other reason than to avoid further bad publicity affecting Arizona business and tourism. Personally, until this case resolves appropriately, I must suggest that any Nurse considering work in Arizona strongly consider the risks involved. I suggest the same to anyone considering becoming a hospital patient: when advocacy and education are suppressed for power or profits, it puts all patients at risk of poor care and abuse.

  9. Scott E
    Scott E March 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm | | Reply

    This appears to be an issue of “trying to right a wrong” versus “overstepping one’s bounds”. In this case, and in many cases, I believe the former should excuse the latter.

    As I see it, there was no malice here (by Amanda), she was only trying to fill in some huge gaps left by a patient’s doctor, hence trying to right the wrong.

  10. Mike Hoskins
    Mike Hoskins March 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for posting about this, Amy. Such an incredible travesty of the nursing profession. I, too, would very much like to see the doctor’s name public.

  11. Kristin W
    Kristin W March 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm | | Reply

    I would like to have the doctor sanctioned, if the report is true, that s/he did not adequately consider the patient’s desires and/or understanding of what the doctor was proposing. Last I heard, informed consent was still required to do medical procedures, no? Sounds like the doc sidestepped that…..

  12. Amanda
    Amanda March 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much for giving this issue a voice–because it needs to reach as many healthcare providers and patients as possible in order for change to occur and for patients to get better care that is indeed focused on them and their unique needs and wishes for their lives and futures. If anyone has more question or would like any more details I can be reached via Greg, Kim’s, or Jennifer’s blogs(Emergiblog, RNCentral, GRC) for further comment. Thanks again!

  13. siddharth jain
    siddharth jain March 7, 2012 at 11:57 am | | Reply

    if the hospital administration and the doctor say that “amanda went overboard” (just by informing the patient about his health condition, surgery and post surgery care)

    Den just ask the hospital administration that the doctor did not discharge his duty of informing the patient fully about the health condition, surgery, surgery complications and alternative course of treatment !!

    If the patient would have come to know about these things they might have sued the hospital and doctors license would hav been taken away or a huge compensation would have been given ..

    bottomline amanda is hero in real sense !!

    1. Patricia Sheley
      Patricia Sheley March 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm | | Reply

      The doctor was only worried about his next Boat Payment or such!

  14. MarjorieElaine Peirce
    MarjorieElaine Peirce March 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm | | Reply

    10 yrs ago my father in law was dying from colon cancer. NO, he had not been to the doctor. We all knew he was dying, but until after he passed, we were not sure from what (stomach cancer/colon or liver). He knew he was dying. He didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals and won’t go. Finally his heart stopped (at home). They brought him back and sent him to hospital. Shorten story: The doctors wanted to run all these various test to determine type of cancer, etc. The man had hardly eaten anything for weeks. Suddenly they wanted to have him drink over a gallon of crap so they could ‘track it’ through his system. All of this was torture for him & my mother in law. (the man was 89 – good health other than cancer). A nurse pulled me aside & told me what all these test would mean to the man’s body and the fact that there was a 50% or higher chance he would not survive the one test because it would be way too much for his system. Then she informed me that if my Mother in Law told them that she did not want the test done and she was taking him home, that they couldn’t force him to stay. I shared the -’whispered’ news with my mother in law. She made the decision to take him home. He lived another 2 months – in very little pain – and he just slowly slipped away one evening. I was so thankful for that nurse. My Mother in law was so thankful. She knew it was what my father in law would have wanted. All four of his sons were thankful. At a time of emergency, you don’t normally think about some of the questions you should be asking: ie: how will this test/surgery affect him? What will be the long term results from these test/surgery? How will it help him? And yes, in todays world, How much will this cost? And because we are not thinking clearly it puts us (the family and patient at the mercy of doctors), nurses are our only – ONLY – protectors. Praise God for all those who are willing to take a stand and think about the patient instead of their own pocket book or ego. Praise God for them one and all.

  15. Beca
    Beca March 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm | | Reply

    As we all know doctors do not explain any procedure,that is left to the nurses.It has been that way from as far back as I can remember under patient teaching..Is ther something missing in this story..Every facility has it’s policy and procedure..Is their policy nurses are not to do patient teaching?WOW, it would be nice for doctors to start teaching their patients on their procedures ,that they will be preforming..I was all ways toldthat nurses are advocates for their pts..

    1. Patricia Sheley
      Patricia Sheley March 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm | | Reply

      Any hospital I ever worked at in later years! The Nurse was no longer to take the Operative Permit for the patient to sign.
      The Hospital Policy was for the DOCTOR to present the patient with the Consent Form and answer the questions. Sorry the nurse is still doing it like we always knew it would be done.

      1. Not this nurse!
        Not this nurse! April 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm | | Reply

        Actually the nurse is to really only witnessing the signature. You are to ask the pt. did the doctor explain the procedure to you? Do you fully understand it? If they have no further questions then nurse is ok to get the signature witnessed. If they have further questions you are to actually stop because then you no longer have an INFORMED CONSENT. Because pt does not fully understand the procedure with all risks etc explained to them. It then is beyong your scope to explain a surgical procedure to a pt. Now, what I am seeing today is SLOPPY, SLOPPY SLOPPY on the surgeons part. Do they explain anything to the pt let alone the family? Heck no! Things are so rushed, it makes me sick. But if my pt or family still has questions or I can tell they do not understand what is going to be done, I STOP. I wait for the surgeon to come and talk to them. Do I piss off some surgeons? Heck yes! Do I see OR nurses step outside of their scope of practice to appease them and explain the surgical procedure? You bet! It is ugly out there. Surgeons on the whole are miserable creatures.

  16. Karen DeVeaux
    Karen DeVeaux March 9, 2012 at 6:32 am | | Reply

    •There was an error submitting your form. Please try again later.

    I really wanted to sign that petition but I got the above error. Sigh.

  17. Patricia Sheley
    Patricia Sheley March 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | | Reply

    Amanda, I am not surprised a DOCTOR trumpted you when push came to shove. As a retired nurse that graduated in 1966, I well remember the rule that if a Doctor came to the nurse’s station we were to get up and give HIM our seat. I am sure that I would be fired for some of the thoughts and actions I would have in this day and time. Nurses have long suffered by the hands of doctors and many times by Nurse Supervisors. I do have to admire the California nurses. All I hear and read about them says they go after their Rights.
    The thoughts of your firing bring back a lot of hurtful thoughts during my years as an RN. Keep fighting! I am new to your situation but would like to learn more and help in anyway I can at this time. Patricia A Sheley

    1. Not this nurse!
      Not this nurse! April 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | | Reply

      Get up and give him your seat? What the heck is up with that? No wonder so many nurses are ok with being abused. I’ve always said it is a certain personality that goes into the field of nursing. Boy did I make a wrong turn. Surgeons especially love those types of nurses to give up their seats for their royal behinds. Well not this nurse. I’m looking for my exit door asap!

  18. Greg Mercer, MSN
    Greg Mercer, MSN March 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm | | Reply

    We just created a petition calling for a boycott of Arizona tourism and other business, as well as on Nurses seeking education or employment there, until the abuse of Nurses and pressing defects in Nursing regulation are addressed, because we care deeply about these very important issues.

    To start, we are trying to collect 100 signatures and spread the word absolutely everywhere and ASAP, and I could really use your help. We anticipate much greater numbers soon, as we are only just today beginning to reach out for this campaign.

    Regardless of outcome, our message will be heard by every news outlet and business and civic group in Arizona very soon, as well as every venue for conventions, tourism, and entertainment. Some national politicians and journalists have expressed interest, as have multiple groups in Arizona: those in favor of your recall, immigration activists, and so one. To think, we only started yesterday, and only started spreading the word in earnest today. We’re well on our way to the next Komen: exciting times indeed!

    To read more about what I’m trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:

    It’ll just take a minute!

    Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!

    Thanks for your consideration,

  19. aek (@aek2013 on Twitter)
    aek (@aek2013 on Twitter) March 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm | | Reply

    Former nurse here who whistleblew, was fired, blacklisted and am now destitute and unemployable. What is happening to her is the NORM. Not the exception. Nurses and physicians cannibalize those who lack the professional autonomy and influence to protect themselves as they advocate for patients.

    What can you do? Get appointed to the state board of nursing. Be physically present with the nurse as she goes through this ordeal. Stand with her and offer employment/means to support herself as she is professionally ostracized. Demand the right for nurse and physician employees to enjoy adequate collective representation.

    What most likely will happen?

    She will be abandoned, will have her career/earning potential/home/family/finances ruined.

    With ostracism comes health problems, and half of affected people consider suicide.

  20. laportama
    laportama April 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    Our respective professions in healthcare are intrinsically co-dependent, and unpleasant personal and professional engagement in Karpman’s Drama triangle is a regular and subtle entanglement. Egos and fears are rampant until we detach; few manage to do so.

    So to all parties: judge not lest ye be judged, and apply the golden rule. Forgive and be forgiven; even if there is a worldly lesson to be learned.

    As far as being a hero, that title belongs after the conversion of understanding takes place, the old person left behind.

    My anger almost killed me. Remission and recovery — “cure” — are not the same thing.


  21. Andrew Lopez, RN
    Andrew Lopez, RN April 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for following Amanda’s case, here is the latest:

    Red Flags & Questions I See in the Amanda Trujillo, ARNP Case, April 25, 2012 By Beth Boynton:”Amanda Trujillo is an ARNP yet was practicing as an RN. Now maybe there is a perfectly good explanation for this. Third shift is typically tough to staff and given our economy and the financial needs and family commitments, perhaps this was a perfect job opportunity for Amanda. But, honestly, I wonder why she wasn’t practicing as an ARNP rather than an RN? Scope of practice is an important issue in the case and quite different for RNs and ARNPs. Banner health could face serious liability issues if their RNs on duty are practicing out of scope.”

  22. Andrew Lopez, RN
    Andrew Lopez, RN April 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | | Reply

    Thank you Kathleen for following Amanda’s case. Here is the latest.

    The War Against Amanda Trujillo, April 25, 2012, Mother Jones, RN, Nurse Ratched’s Place:”I still support Amanda Trujillo and some people who have read the allegations against Amanda have questioned my judgment. Frankly, I don’t believe these allegations because I personally know two other nurses who have been reported to their nursing boards by their former employers. One of my friends was reported to the BON after she spoke up about unsafe nursing practices at a shady nursing home, and the other was reported after he chastised hospital administration for placing psychiatric patients and staff in an unsafe environment. Their former employers cooked up all kinds of false allegations against my friends who are both stellar nurses. Their former employers crucified their character, but in the end they were both cleared of any wrongdoing by their respective state nursing boards. There is an escalating pattern of abuse as more unscrupulous employers are using nursing boards as the ultimate scare tactic to keep nurses “in their place. ” Amanda is just another victim of this ploy.”

  23. Andrew Lopez, RN (@nursefriendly)

    Thank you for following Amanda’s case, this is from her blog.

    The Moment of Impact: April 21, 2010: by #AmandaTrujillo, MSN, RN, #nurseup #nursefriendly #healthcare:”The day my life collided with something greater than I could ever wrap my head around in this lifetime…..I heard a quote recently that conveys the enormity of the year’s events…its message, perfection, but not in the way I would like to envision life perfected, the way I want it, the way I wanted it, the way I thought I had it… any case, I like this quote because it encompasses the past, the present, and the future all at once.”

    The day that changed Amanda’s life forever. To follow her case and others, kindly visit

  24. Andrew Lopez, RN (@nursefriendly)
    Andrew Lopez, RN (@nursefriendly) December 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | | Reply

    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.”

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