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The Ohio Nurses Association Stands with Nurse Wubbels

The voice of Ohio’s nurses calls arrest, abuse unacceptable

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Nurses Association is horrified to learn that Utah registered nurse was arrested by a police officer for following hospital policy, the law and her professional ethics. We are calling on nursing and the community to stand with Nurse Wubbels and demand the Salt Lake City Police Department conduct a full investigation of the incident to prevent future abuses.

Bodycam video shows registered nurse Alex Wubbels being arrested after she refuses to draw blood from a patient who had been injured in a car accident. The patient was unconscious and in the burn unit.

The video shows Nurse Wubbels citing the hospital’s policy, stating that blood could not be taken from an unconscious patient unless the patient is under arrest, a warrant has been issued for the blood draw, or the patient consents. The nurse is also seen consulting with a supervisor over the phone. The supervisor can be heard saying to the detective, “Sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.” The detective then promptly, and aggressively, handcuffs Nurse Wubbels because she was simply doing her job.

“Registered Nurse Wubbels was upholding her ethical duty as a nurse, which includes promoting, advocating for and protecting the rights, health and safety of a patient. To know that she was handcuffed for doing so, and for following hospital policy and the law, is absolutely unacceptable,” state Lori Chovanak, CEO of the Ohio Nurses Association. “Nurses are strong and the nursing community is even stronger. We are calling upon the Salt Lake City Policy Department to investigate this matter and take action to the fullest extent. Registered Nurse Wubbels did not deserve this. Nurses should not be abused for standing up for what is right.”

“Nurse Wubbels was advocating for her patient and following hospital policy when she was abused by the detective. Unfortunately, nurses are put into dangerous situations all the time. But no matter the situation, nurses put their patients first just as Nurse Wubbels did. I commend Nurse Wubbels for acting with the upmost professionalism and for upholding her professional ethical responsibility,” stated Sally Morgan, president of the Ohio Nurses Association.

East Liverpool Nurses Join Ohio Nurses Association Union

The Behavioral Health Coordinators join fellow RNs at East Liverpool City Hospital

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – On Wednesday, August 30th, the Behavioral Health Coordinators at East Liverpool City Hospital successfully voted to join the Ohio Nurses Association union.

The nurses are joining their registered nurse colleagues at the hospital who are already part of the Ohio Nurses Association local bargaining unit. Using the mantra, “one contract, one standard, one voice,” 91% of the votes tallied were in favor of joining the union.

“We rallied together to be included in the Ohio Nurses Association union because we want our voice heard at the decision-making table. We want the ability to advocate for quality patient care and improve our working conditions. The Ohio Nurses Association gives us that ability and the support that comes from being part of a community of nurses who stand by one another. It’s great a feeling!” stated Sheila Welch, one of the nurses who voted to join ONA.

Viewed as the voice of Ohio’s professional nurses, the Ohio Nurses Association has represented other registered nurses at East Liverpool City Hospital and is the largest nursing union in Ohio. ONA represents 25 other local units throughout the state with the goal of empowering nurses to advocate for and secure quality patient care, safe working conditions and fair wages and benefits.

“The Ohio Nurses Association unifies nurses so we are speaking together with one voice for the fairness and respect we deserve. ONA empowers nurses to have a voice at the table not only for our own safety, but for the quality care our patients expect. I’m so proud to say that I now belong to the Ohio Nurses Association,” stated Rebecca Freeman, another Behavioral Health Coordinator who voted to join the union.

About ONA: Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit www.ohnurses.org.

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