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Media Release
Utah Nurses Association
For immediate release 6 Sept 2017

The Board of the Utah Nurses Association recognizes that the incident involving Alex Wubbels resulted from the actions of two individual law enforcement officers. At the same time, we believe that law enforcement officers must understand that nurses are held to a professional Code of Ethics requiring us to advocate for and to protect our patients in all settings and at all times. 

 

Nurses work side by side with law enforcement officers every day across Utah and the United States. Generally that working relationship is professional and respectful. However, the UNA Board recognizes that the incident in question was not an isolated incident, and we appreciate this issue being brought to light and receiving the attention it deserves.

 

Right now many nurses feel unsafe, not only because of the assault on Alex Wubbels, but also because the security team in her own hospital did not protect her. Nurses have a reasonable expectation that hospital security will protect them, while they care for their patients. 

 

We appreciate the University of Utah Hospital exploring policy changes intended to improve the safety of nurses as they deliver patient care. We look forward to seeing a more comprehensive policy initiative in the future, one that will serve to improve inter-professional relations in all patient care settings. 

 

We look forward to continuing the conversation with the University of Utah Police Department and Salt Lake City Police Department, as well as with all law enforcement and healthcare systems in the Beehive State. 

 

Aimee McLean BSN, RN, CCHP
President
Utah Nurses Association


Media Release
Utah Nurses Association 

Response to Alex Wubbels RN incident 

For immediate release 1 Sept 2017 

The Utah Nurses Association is deeply disturbed by the incident involving Alex Wubbels RN, who was involved in an incident with a law enforcement officer. Multiple videos of that event are widely available, and we encourage all interested parties to view them. 

Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the US year after year, in part because nurses take seriously our ethical duty to act in the best interest of our patients at all times and in all settings. The 

Utah Nurses Association supports the right of nurses to practice in accordance with the ethical foundations of our profession, without interference. 

Nurses, like all health care professionals, deserve to work in settings free from violence, fear, and intimidation. We look forward to working with local and state officials to ensure that nurses are respected and safe in all practice settings. 

Aimee McLean BSN, RN, CCHP
President
Utah Nurses Association

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