Whatever Happened to the Utah Nurse Who Was Arrested for Doing Her Job?

October 24, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​A Salt Lake City nurse who made national headlines after police arrested her for refusing their request for a blood sample from an unconscious patient took time off after the media storm abated, but is now back at work, according to Carrie Sullivan, MBA, RN, CPHRM, associate director of risk management, University of Utah Hospital, speaking at the October 7-10, 2018, meeting of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management in Nashville. The nurse was following procedure at the facility, Sullivan said, which required law enforcement to produce several pieces of documentation in order to obtain a blood sample from an unconscious patient. She had alerted administration and hospital security at the time the police forcibly placed her in handcuffs (for more, see HRC Alerts, September 6, 2017). The entire exchange was captured by police body camera, and the video went viral about a month later. The hospital had already been working on revising its policy for interacting with law enforcement when the story gained national attention.

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