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Star Tribune publishes Teresa Ayling's "Letter to the Editor" regarding nursing employment issue


Teresa J. Ayling was published in the "Letter to the Editor" section of the Star Tribune on September 8, 2017. 

She responds to an article published September 1, 2017 regarding a nurse who was arrested for refusing to draw blood from a patient. 

You can read Ayling's response below or on the Star Tribune's website



Arrest over refusal to draw blood has larger implications.

The Utah nurse arrested for refusing to draw blood at the behest of law enforcement was given an impossible choice: either get arrested, or be fired and face her licensing board. This is yet another example of government/political factions working at cross-purposes and willing to exert power to achieve their purpose without exercising enough patience to talk with one another. Both hospital administration and the police authorities should have spoken directly rather than force employees to act out a confrontation taking place at a higher level. Both employers asked too much of their workers.

Moreover, the lengthy discussion and detention of the nurse took her away from her job, putting hospital patients at risk. She never should have been detained, but at the very least she should have been permitted to report off to another nurse about the status of the patients for whom she was caring so that other staff members, probably already stretched thin, would know whether scheduled medications and treatments had been given, and what further care was needed.

Teresa Ayling, Edina

Teresa Ayling is an attorney representing nurses in licensing matters before the Minnesota Board of Nursing and employers and employees in employment matters.