On April 5, 2015, Rolfe and her lawyer filed charges against the college.
First Instructor: Lie About Reason for Vaccinations - Give Misinformation - Deflect Fears and Concerns
The first instructor named in the complaint, Connie Smith, Assistant Director of Nursing, instructed the students to tell expectant mothers and their partners that they were not allowed access to the labor and delivery floor until they received a Tdap vaccine. The reason given for this demand was the safety and protection the vaccine would give to the newborns. The instructor was clear in her directives that the nursing students were to misrepresent facts and disregard patients' concerns, including fears of vaccine injuries.
Rolfe questioned the deception- the reality that vaccinations would not provide protection for 4-6 weeks, therefore they would not in any way protect the hospital newborns from disease. She asked why she would be required to participate in behavior contrary to ethical and legal standards regarding informed consent. The instructor ended the discussion, stating they would pick it up at a later time.
Code of Ethics for Nurses, American Nurses Association
Respect for human dignity requires the recognition of specific patient rights, in particular, the right to self-determination. Patients have the moral and legal right to determine what will be done with and to their own person; to be given accurate, complete, and understandable information in a manner that facilitates an informed decision; and to be assisted with weighing the benefits, burdens, and available options in their treatment, including the choice of no treatment. They also have the right to accept, refuse, or terminate treatment without deceit, undue influence, duress, coercion, or prejudice, and to be given necessary support throughout the decision- making and treatment process. Such support includes the opportunity to make decisions with family and significant others and to obtain advice from expert, knowledgeable nurses and other health professionals." - Excerpt - 1.4The Right to Self-DeterminationInstructor Two: Give Sick Children Vaccines and Threaten Medicaid Recipients
Two days after this incident, the second instructor named in the complaint, Alysia Osoff, gave instructions for the students to use any means necessary to bring pediatric patients up-to-date on their vaccines before their discharge from the hospital. She told the students to lie to the parents receiving Medicaid and to threaten them by telling them that non-compliance could result in Medicaid refusing to pay their hospital bill, making them liable for the charges.
Again, Rolfe questioned the instruction. First she questioned why sick children would be targeted for vaccination when the drug inserts (instructions) clearly warn against vaccinating sick children. Then Rolfe questioned the ethics and legality of lying to parents and threatening them to gain vaccination compliance.
Rolfe maintains that she remained calm and professional throughout this exchange while Osoff "... became completely unhinged..."
The directions given by these two instructors were in complete contradiction to the training these nursing students had received including written information in their textbooks. More importantly, the instructions violated the law, ethics, and morality. This lack of integrity mirrors the doctrine of the pro-vaccine camp with its endemic lies, manipulations, and threats.
In addition to Rolfe's honesty and integrity, she was an "A" student, 20 weeks from graduation. Her expulsion not only ended her training at Baker College, it left her blackballed for other schools. We can only hope Nichole Rolfe is successful in her lawsuit and her goal to become a nurse practitioner/midwife and that she finds excellent employment with like-minded professionals.