Alex Wubbels is a two-time Olympian in Alpine skiing, 1st ever recipient of University of Utah Excellence Award, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Burn Trauma Intensive Care Unit, University of Utah Hospital and mother.
Alex has worked for the University of Utah since 2004, beginning as an EMT at the University of Utah Redstone Clinic. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Utah College of Nursing and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International-Gamma Rho. After completing the Critical Care Internship at the University Hospital, Alex began her nursing career as a bedside nurse in the Burn Trauma ICU, where she has worked for the last 8 years.
Wubbels’ life changed dramatically on July 26, 2017, when she was assaulted and arrested by a police officer for upholding the University of Utah’s hospital policy on blood draws from an unconscious patient. The video was shown all over the world, from Afghanistan to England to China.
Being a nurse means protecting and advocating for your patient even in extreme circumstances. Having the moral courage to do that can be challenging, but it is possible with the empowering support of your team.
Alex is passionate about patient advocacy and patient safety. Alex believes that it is imperative that all nurses know their resources so that they are empowered to do the right thing. She hopes that her story can drive a national conversation and make lasting impact.
Alex’s high standards for nursing care exist because of the mentorship and leadership she has received since becoming a nurse.