Who is that Guerrilla Nurse?


I am Melissa Brown, otherwise known as the Guerrilla Nurse. I am a retired RN living in Penscola, Florida.

For 37 years, I practiced as an RN is multiple clinical settings including emergency nursing, flight nursing, all critical care units except neonatal and, from 2002 until 2013, as an RN in psychiatric and substance abuse settings.

The Guerrilla Nurse was born when Alene Nitzky RN PhD asked me to write a blog post for her new website, Fighting Dinosaurs

The first post was written just in time for Nurses’ Week in 2015. My second post was written about two weeks later.

Guerrilla Nurse: Part One

Guerrilla Nurse Part Two

In May of 2013, I was fired from my position as an RN at Lakeview ASU in Pensacola, Florida. With the help and support of my husband, I was able to do what most nurses can’t do: I sued my prior employer.

And what an adventure it has been!

After my deposition on April 9, 2015, I learned I wouldn’t be able to obtain a copy due to the price: nearly $600.00! However, another nurse for whom I have the greatest respect, Donna Carol Maheady RN APRN EdD of Exceptional Nurse, suggested I start a gofundeme page in order to request donations so I could purchase my deposition. I didn’t think it would work, but within two weeks, I raised the funds from special nurses and other friends who believed in what I was trying to do.

I promised I would post the deposition online if and when I could buy it. Here it is: My deposition. It is long — 225 pages! I had to redact, of course, all of the information that could identify patients or patient situations. In addition, after considerable thought, I decided to redact the names of all the nurses, psych techs and others with whom I worked while I was at ASU.

Several of the people whose names were brought up in my deposition still work at ASU. As they will see in my deposition, I tried my best to protect them. Yes, I was asked in my deposition to name those with whom I spoke or interacted after i was fired. The only thing I can do at this point is redact your names.

However, I did NOT redact the names of those in management who were responsible for my termination and ultimate suit against Lakeview ASU. Those names, as well as their actions, need to be exposed. I understand the risk. It is a risk I am willing to take.

I will leave it to my old coworkers to read this deposition. All of you need to know what you are up against should you decide to sue one of the largest health care corporations in town.

I also edited out one specific situation that was addressed in the deposition. To leave it as it stood could affect another nurse. I won’t do that. More on that specific situation later.


20 thoughts on “Who is that Guerrilla Nurse?

  1. Reblogged this on Big Red Carpet Nursing and commented:
    Nurses need to do a far better job on at least three tasks:
    1) Protecting each other against our abusers ,
    2) Serving our own interests, and thus
    3) Also protecting our patients from harm and abuse.

    Seen in this context, I think that posts like this one can only help. We must shine sunlight on all the dark places in healthcare, on all the fraud, corruption and abuse. Only by shining such light can we hope to cleanse healhcare of these three infections.

    Please read, consider, and share.

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  2. I don’t know a whole lot about blogging, but I’ve found that when it comes to links, it helps to give them a consistent distinctive color. I also underline them. To my eyeballs, anyway, it makes them far more noticeable, and you can only click the ones you see to click.

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      1. I know more than most bloggers do, but most bloggers don’t know much as it’s a hobby project for them and/or they’re new. Compared to the experts, I’m still a newbie. Expertise takes much time & effort, and it will emerge on it’s own schedule. I’ll give it all due encouragement, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I would really like to talk to you. It is very important. I have a case I’ve been fighting for over three years. Please email me and I will call you.

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    1. I think I have located you on Facebook. If you see a new friend request this morning, it’s from me. I haven’t set up an email address for this website yet, but will do so today. I’m looking forward to chatting with you. If I can help, I will.

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  4. You are my hero and I hope you win, this is happening to often. What would happen to you, should you reside or have a license in Arizona, is the hospital would turn you over to the Board of nursing and you would be spending so much of your energy to fight for your license that you would be hard pressed to do a law suit against the hospital. And the statue of limitations is so short that you dont have the resources to do both. So the hospital gets away with it. I hope you have a jury and win lots.
    Thank RED CARPET NURSING for posting your suit. I am glad you EXPOSED them, it brings them out fo the shadows. ! Keep us posted!

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    1. Hi RebelRN! Thank you for your comments, but a hero I am not. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I posted my deposition on my own page, GuerrillaNurse. Greg from Big Red Carpet Nursing is simply providing support.


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