Alex Wubbels, RN: I am horrified, and I stand with you.

I am sitting here absolutely infuriated as I write this. 

I am truly horrified by what happened to Alex Wubbels, a nurse out of Salt Lake City, and you should be too. 

Here’s a little backstory: Officer Jeff Payne (a Salt Lake City police office) is seen in a now viral video verbally abusing, assaulting, and arresting Alex, because she would not draw blood from a sedated man who was involved in a car accident. Alex also called multiple supervisors and even put her direct super on speakerphone for the officer to hear. Not one person at the hospital gave permission for the blood draw and every single one of them said Alex was doing the right thing: protecting her patient.

Get this straight, it is not only her hospital policy to not draw blood from an unconscious man (unless he/she is under arrest or there is a warrant for collection), but it is the LAW OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.

So, what’s the big deal?

The big deal is that nurses have spent our entire profession’s existence educating the public on what we do in order to obtain the respect that we deserve, and then this happens. A police officer assaulting a nurse over advocating and protecting her patient and not allowing him to abuse his power and break the law. She stood firm in her decision and remained professional giving this officer multiple legitimate reasons as to why she couldn’t fulfill his request. He was then so outraged by not getting his way that he proceeded to throw a tantrum, assault her as she screamed for help and screamed for him to stop, and arrest her for no reason other than his ego being bruised and him not getting what he wanted. What is this world coming to?! 

YOU CANNOT BULLY SOMEONE INTO DOING SOMETHING YOU WANT OR BREAKING THE LAW SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ABOVE IT. 

Alex Wubbels, the nursing profession stands beside you. I am so sorry you were violently dragged out of your workplace for doing your job. This is unacceptable and incredibly disappointing. You did the right thing. You are a hero for justice and integrity. You shone bright in this darkness, and no matter what anyone says you did what we are called to do: put our patients first, be their voice and advocate, and remain as the most trustworthy profession in America.