Two days late on this post (I’m the worst). The good news is that unless you’ve been living under a rock these past two weeks, you have already heard of badass Alex Wubbels, the Utah nurse who was violently arrested, but never charged, for refusing to go against hospital policy (and the law) by removing blood from an unconscious patient. The body-cam video quickly went viral.
The patient in question was involved in an accident when another motorists, while speeding away from police, crashed into the patient; resulting in significant burns bad enough that paramedics had to sedate. Because the patient was not under arrest or conscious to give consent, it would have been unlawful to take blood. Because you know, the Constitution. Detective Jeff Payne, who was somehow in a “Blood Draw Unit” that apparently doesn’t teach when you can and cannot draw blood, went ballistic.
Alex was pretty calm and collected during the encounter before the arrest, which is amazing in itself because I would have been a high-stressed anxious mess with cops in my face for any reason whatsoever. So yeah, huge props to this dope nurse.
BONUS BADASSERY: Alex is also a two time national alpine ski champion who competed in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, because of course she did.