Vivian Obijekwu is a registered nurse who has worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital her entire career. As a bedside RN, Vivian has always spoken up on behalf of co-workers and to improve patient care. On January 31st, she was blamed for a mistake that was not hers, and on February 4, she was fired. Rather than take responsibility for its practices, the hospital is scapegoating Vivian, and leaving a woman who is seven months pregnant with no insurance for herself or her unborn child.
This is just the latest example of Hopkins’ extensive culture of fear that silences front-line caregivers, says National Nurses United, which is organizing the nurses there. Vivian is one of many nurses of color who have been disciplined or terminated by Hopkins in the past few months. Click here to sign a petition to reinstate Vivian, who says, “Hopkins terminated me in an attempt to silence me and to provoke fear among fellow nurses who are also trying to create change. I will not be silenced, because advocating for my patients is my highest priority and should be Hopkins’ as well."