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AACN's Facebook Community Weighs In
AACN's community responded boldly to a post about Alex Wubbels, the Salt Lake City nurse who was arrested after she
refused to allow a police ofﬁcer to obtain an unlawful blood draw from her unconscious patient. The arresting ofﬁcer was later
dismissed from his position. Post your own comments on AACN's wall, or send them to email@example.com.
AACN: Nursing's ﬁrst obligation is the safety and wellbeing of the patients we serve. AACN is appalled to see
the footage of a nurse being mistreated when fulﬁlling this
obligation. We are gratiﬁed to learn of the apology from
the Salt Lake City mayor and police chief for the actions of
the police ofﬁcer. We are hopeful that this unacceptable
behavior toward nurse Alex Wubbels provides a valuable
lesson for all involved, so that an environment of collaboration and respect can be reestablished and patients receive
the best possible care. #HealthyWork
Deborah Ellison Thank you AACN for publicly supporting
this nurse. This act was an atrocity and must not be forgotten.
Julianna Bostrom Inexcusable behavior. And you know
Nurse Wubbels is exactly the nurse he'd want if he were ill and
unable to speak for himself. I know I'd want her!
Janet Slayton Kelly AACN, good for speaking out now. We
need to hear your voice about nurse safety in general. This would
not be reported at all if Alex had been assaulted by a visitor,
patient, or other staff member in her hospital.
Alice Jones Vetter And he took her away from her job. Does
he think that his action might have had an untoward effect on
someone else. This just can't happen!
Angela Wilson Thank you Nurse Wubbels for being a patient
advocate and being "Guided by Why." We must protect and
advocate for our patients and their rights. Thank you AACN for
your support of Nurse Wubbels.
Richie Schaefer As a nurse's husband, I know the level of
professionalism that they operate on, and the care that they have
for their patients. This ofﬁcer's total disregard for the laws that she
has to follow under her license show his incompetence. Then he
manhandles her when he doesn't get his way?
Ronda Dagenhart Atkinson I'm also concerned that if you
can treat a nurse that way how do you treat other people.
Judy Murphy So proud of her actions. She knew it was the
right thing to do, and stood ﬁrm in her decision. This is the true
model of a nurse.
Ray Garcia Curtis Patients safety and following HIPAA regulations is what she was doing. Ofﬁcer should be disciplined for
his unacceptable unprofessional behavior!
Theresa Nino Thank you to the nurse Guided by her "Why"
because nurses advocate and put patients ﬁrst, at all times all
patients. I stand with Alex and all my other nurse heroes!
Bill Wyant Asking a nurse to do such a thing is unacceptable. They have rules to follow. Leave the medical treatment to
those with the right credentials. You protect, they save lives.
Sandy DiPisa Unacceptable!!!! We are the patients advocate ﬁrst and foremost we have to protect their rights and their
privacy!!! Unbelievable behavior by the police department and I
for one ALWAYS gave them the beneﬁt of the doubt but not this!
Cat Amposta Last I checked, a police ofﬁcer doesn't have
the authority to give medical orders ... like a licensed physician
or nurse practitioner or p.a.
Maria Nunez Nurse Wubbels much respect to you from one
nurse to another. Your behavior and professionalism makes me
proud to be a nurse. Don't let him get away with this. Hugs and
prayers to you. #silentnomore
Christine Conner Shame also on his colleagues that stood
by and did nothing to intervene on her behalf. Looked like more
than one ofﬁcer there. None of them seem to understand she
would have done the same for them. #proudofAlex
Pat Schultz I guess I've been away from the big city too long.
I can't imagine this kind of behavior from our small community
law enforcement to our local nurses. I heard tonight that direct
care personnel will no longer have to interact w/law enforcement
at that hospital. Thank goodness.
Ashley Pratt In 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blood
draws can only be done with a warrant if a patient cannot provide
consent. So she was obeying the law as well as hospital policy.
Jenn McGuill This situation breaks my heart. Nurse Alex
deserves to know we all support her. She is not alone. I'm so
glad our professional organizations are speaking out to support
her as well.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2017
Pres Note Front Teaser
AACN Updates Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
NTI 2018: Make Your Case for Attending and Register by December
Certification Holiday Reflections
Certified Nurses Day 2018
The Spirit of Giving: One Certified Nurse’s Contributions
Improving Joy in Work
Invest in Yourself With an AACN Scholarship
Disinfectant Use Associated With COPD in Nurses
The Joint Commission Revises NPSG 7 Requirements
Guidelines: Noninvasive Ventilation for Acute Respiratory Failure
High-Risk Vascular Surgeries and Postoperative Myocardial Infarction
FDA Clears MRI System for Premature Babies
New Assay Can Distinguish Bacterial From Viral Infections
Missions of Mercy
How Hospitals Can Save Without Sacrificing Care
DNA Cancer Screening Shows Potential
Smartphone App May Help Screen for Pancreatic Cancer
Cardiologist-Intensivist Model Improves Outcomes
Social Media: Legal and Ethical Issues
Unused Opioids May Pose Health Hazard
AACN’s Facebook Community Weighs In
Conscientious ‘Nudges’ Can Help Patients and Families
Helping ICU Patients With Spiritual Needs
In Our Journals
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Cover1
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Cover2
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Pres Note Front Teaser
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Masthead
Bold Voices - December 2017 - NTI 2018: Make Your Case for Attending and Register by December
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Certified Nurses Day 2018
Bold Voices - December 2017 - The Spirit of Giving: One Certified Nurse’s Contributions
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Invest in Yourself With an AACN Scholarship
Bold Voices - December 2017 - The Joint Commission Revises NPSG 7 Requirements
Bold Voices - December 2017 - High-Risk Vascular Surgeries and Postoperative Myocardial Infarction
Bold Voices - December 2017 - New Assay Can Distinguish Bacterial From Viral Infections
Bold Voices - December 2017 - 12
Bold Voices - December 2017 - 13
Bold Voices - December 2017 - How Hospitals Can Save Without Sacrificing Care
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Smartphone App May Help Screen for Pancreatic Cancer
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Social Media: Legal and Ethical Issues
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Unused Opioids May Pose Health Hazard
Bold Voices - December 2017 - 18
Bold Voices - December 2017 - 19
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Transitions
Bold Voices - December 2017 - 21
Bold Voices - December 2017 - President’s Note
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Cover3
Bold Voices - December 2017 - Cover4