Former nurse calls out Sup. Nathan Fletcher’s failed policies that led to loss of her career

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – From saving children’s lives to losing the career she loved.

Former nurse Tawny Buettner gave an emotional speech at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting Tuesday where she called out Supervisor Nathan Fletcher for pushing the failed policies that led to the loss of her career.

On October 1, 2021, Buettner was removed from the bedside because the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in San Diego County went into effect. Other hospitals accepted exemptions and allowed nurses to stay in their positions, but not Rady Children’s. Buettner tells KUSI News that Rady removed the unvaccinated nurses because they were too great a risk, even though they weren’t testing vaccinated people at the time. Then, they accepted religious exemptions for the booster shot, and allowed the nurses with religious exemptions to stay working bedside.

Buettner was placed on unpaid unprotected leave for six months, then officially terminated from her job on March 1, 2022.

She explained that she didn’t realize how much passion she had for being a nurse and saving children’s lives until it was taken from her.

Buettner specifically blames Supervisor Nathan Fletcher for pushing these failed policies that led to the loss of her career, and decided to tell him face-to-face during public hearing at the September 13th Board of Supervisors meeting. Buettner’s emotional speech is below:

Wednesday, Buettner joined KUSI’s Lauren Phinney on Good Morning San Diego to reflect on the past year, what she’s done to get her job back, and why she felt the need to speak to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in person.

Buettner said she lives in Nathan Fletcher’s district, and has reached out to him many times, but neither him nor his office have ever replied.



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