Nichole Rolfe, formerly Nichole Bruff, was a nursing student at Baker College in Michigan who dreamt of being a nurse practitioner of midwifery before the nursing department’s director dismissed her–shortly before she was to graduate–after Rolfe questioned instructors who were teaching students to lie to patient’s in order to coerce them into getting vaccinated.
UPDATE: According to MLive 1:
“A judge has ordered Baker College to pay a Shiawassee County woman’s nursing school tuition after she claimed she was kicked out of the college’s nursing program for questioning lessons she said encouraged students to lie to patients in order to vaccinate them.
Now, she wants up to an additional $2 million payout for the nursing career she’ll never have.
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph J. Farah signed off on a final judgment awarding Nichole Rolfe approximately $15,000 – the cost of her nursing school tuition – in a lawsuit against Baker College.
Farah ruled that the scope of damages done to Rolfe – who was dismissed from Baker’s Owosso campus 20 weeks before she was set to graduate – was equal to that of her nursing school education.
However, Hemlock-based attorney Philip L. Ellison, who represents Rolfe in the suit, argues that the Shiawassee County woman should be paid in full for “the career she’ll never have” due to being dismissed from the school.
“She deserves $2 million,” Ellison said. “That’s her lifetime earning loss for the career she’ll never have because she was wrongfully dismissed. (Baker) doesn’t get off that easy.”
Ellison said he intends to appeal Farah’s decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals in hopes of snagging the multi-million-dollar award for his client. If the court of appeals overturns Farah’s ruling, the case would go to trial, Ellison said.
Ellison said that due to the judgment, which pays Rolfe $2,250 up front and holds $12,250 in order of the court, she is unable to fund attending another nursing program.
Rolfe – who is currently working in the medical field at Michigan State University – is stuck in a difficult situation after maxing out her federal loans to attend Baker College, who refuses to refund the ex-nursing student’s tuition in full, Ellison said, calling Rolfe “one resilient woman.”
There is no news, that we are HNN we able to find, about whether or not Rolfe was able to go back to court and sue for the loss of income. Should that information become available, we will update this story.
End of update.
Health Impact News Editor Comments:
In April of 2015, we reported here at Health Impact News that nursing student Nichole Rolfe, formerly Nichole Bruff, was dismissed from her nursing program shortly before graduation after she allegedly refused to commit fraud by lying to patients in order to coerce vaccine compliance, as directed by her instructors.
Nichole fought back with a lawsuit against Baker College.
Baker College requested the case be dismissed, but Judge Joseph Farah denied the motion, and Nichole’s case will now be heard before a Genesee County jury. Her case was set for trial in summer 2016. Nichole’s attorney, Philip L. Ellison, issued the following Press Release.
PRESS RELEASE: JUDGE DENIES BAKER COLLEGE’S DISMISSAL REQUEST IN VACCINE CASE
Flint, MI – The Genesee County Circuit Court has denied the request of Baker College to dismiss or other highly restrict the lawsuit brought by a former nursing student who claims she was wrongly dismissed from the nursing program at Baker’s Owosso campus due to discussions involving vaccines.
Nursing Students Instructed to Lie to Patients in Order to Get them Vaccinated
Nichole Rolfe is suing Baker College after she was dismissed from the school’s nursing program because she questioned when Baker College instructed students to misrepresent and lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated.
The case stems from two separate classes held in 2013 by two different instructors who, within days of each other, instructed students who were in the midst of clinicals with real patients to threaten and panic patients into accepting immunizations. Threats included the withholding of state medical assistance payments, denial of access to newborns, and the giving of false information.
Michigan Law Protects Patients’ Right to Informed Consent
Under Michigan law, patients have the right to choose—and reject—any and all medical treatments offered by hospitals.
During depositions, the Baker College instructors deny these instructions were given. Others in the room at the time have testified, under oath, such directives were taught.
Rolfe, a student who has paid Baker College more than $40,000 in tuition and fees, merely asked both instructors, how can nurses do that?
In the days following, the nursing department’s director decided to dismiss Rolfe at an impromptu meeting right before a scheduled class.
Rolfe, in court documents, claims her dismissal was for simply questioning the illegal directions to the nursing students. Baker College argues her dismissal was for the “oppositional” and “aggressive” way Rolfe’s questions were asked.
“Nurses Need to Obey the Patient’s Directives, Not Threaten or Lie”
After pre-trial evidence exchanges, Baker College requested the Court to dismiss the case citing that Rolfe’s evidence, being audio-recordings of meetings with administrators while at Baker College, violated Baker College’s audio-recording policies. Baker College also sought to limit the amount of damages claimed by Rolfe.
In an oral decision from the bench, Judge Joseph Farah denied the motions concluding that none of the arguments warrant dismissal or the placing of limitations on the case. The decision now permits the case to go before a Genesee County jury.
“The Circuit Court’s decision permits jurors to actually hear what Baker College actually did and what their instructors are teaching future Michigan nurses, the very nurses who will be caring for patients in their weakest physical condition,” states Philip L. Ellison, attorney for Rolfe. “Nurses need to obey the patient’s directives, not threaten or lie.”
Also at the hearing, Baker College additionally sought to preclude the release of certain emails between the nursing department’s director and an instructor about the case, and to prevent the last deposition of a key witness, another former nursing student. The judge denied both of Baker’s requests.
*Article originally appeared at Health Impact News.