Police Will No Longer Interact With Nurses In Utah Hospital After Nurse’s Arrest

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Following the arrest of a nurse after she refused to break the law and violate the rights of a patient, police are now being reprimanded by the hospital. Cops are no longer allowed to interact with nurses at the Utah hospital where the unprecedented incident took place.

Footage of the incident, in which University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels was placed under arrest by Officer Jeff Payne for refusing to draw the blood of an unconscious patient who had been in a car accident, went viral last week. The nurse’s July 26 arrest was captured on a police body-cam video and has prompted apologies from both Salt Lake City’s mayor and the police. Wubbels’ arrest was also the driving force behind the suspension of officer Jeff Payne from the police department.

Apologists for the cop’s behavior cling to the idea that no matter what order a cop gives, one should follow it; even if it means violating the rights of another human being. The police in Utah have since revealed that the patient whose blood a nurse refused to let a police officer draw without consent was, in fact, an officer himself; Officer William Gray of Rigby Police Department. Gray was a reserve officer and involved in the accident while driving a truck for his full-time job.

Posting on its Facebook page, Rigby Police Department issued an open thank you to nurse Wubbels for protecting their officer’s rights. “The Rigby Police Department would like to thank the nurse involved and hospital staff for standing firm and protecting Officer Gray’s rights as a patient and victim. Protecting the rights of others is truly a heroic act,” the department’s post said.

After the intense encounter between a nurse and a police officer drew widespread outrage, a Utah hospital said its nurses will no longer be allowed to interact with law enforcement agents. “I need to make sure this never, ever, ever happens to another one of our care providers again,” said Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer at the University of Utah Hospital. The new protocol was announced Monday.

Law enforcement officials will now be directed to health supervisors “who are highly trained on rules and laws,” and those interactions won’t take place in patient care areas, officials said. The new protocol was implemented two weeks after the incident, and so far, 2,500 nurses have been trained in it, Pearce said.

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  • G’ma G

    Why such a strong re-action? Police violate people all the time. The answer is that a Nurse is a licensed agent of the State. The State does not eat its own…yet.

    • A license doesn’t convey agency.

    • lee ho fook

      says who??? Govt gets rid of folks all the time…look @ the Clinton employees….and that body count!

  • Mark Robertson

    Paid administrative leave? What a joke! Cop should be arrested for assault and fired with no pay.

    • The quick apology from the police and their boss, the mayor, was probably meant to mitigate the probability of a suit. If I were the nurse, I’d slam them with a civil rights suit, which could easily go class action. If I were a resident of Rigby, I’d be proud of my police department.

    • lee ho fook

      he should be sued

  • How much training does it take to say “NO”?

    • lee ho fook

      it’s a load of garbage…wonder if the nurse was threatened?

  • lee ho fook

    This nurse is an absolute DUNCE if she doesn’t sue…

  • randy wellman

    NURSES have been trained?…..sounds like some COPS need to be trained…….

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Notice that the first remedy for this situation was offered by the hospital-a conglomeration of private citizens-as opposed to any government agent/agency. This is the example for ALL Americans-the best and only true remedy for government overreach lies in the hands of The People. It is also the plain, simple purpose for ensuring the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

    • jimmy joe

      Yea, while the “nra” stands idly by, with all their dink members and all the muscle they have in dc, as OUR Fourth Amendment is dissolved!!!

  • jimmy joe

    ” Protecting the rights of others is truly a heroic act,” the department’s post said. I got news for everyone here, they only called her a hero AFTER they found out he was a fellow dink!! In other words, much like I have ALWAYS said, 1st – they think our constitution ONLY applies to them, and 2cnd – they could give a shit less if that guy was an american, Pathetic!! All those people standing there, and nobody did a god-dam thing!! Everyone is fucking afraid, of what??? Big corrupt govt???

  • patriot156

    She seems too damned forgiving I’d be wanting to spit down that Son of a bitches mouth kick him in the balls then sue his ass. Hope she finally sues them but from what I’ve seen she’ll prolly act like a good sheeple.
    Ok they changed policy but what stops the pigs form arresting the supervisors?