Nursing Articles

Our Missed Health Care Opportunity

Austin American-Statesman, December 1, 2011

For the past 17 months I’ve watched through my fingers as Congress has slowly eviscerated a gentle, brilliant, apolitical pediatrician and Harvard professor — Don […]


West Texas doctor done in by his own bizarre choices

Austin American-Statesman, November 9, 2011

In this country, a person has a right to legal representation. If you choose instead to represent yourself in court, you must sign a waiver […]


Final of four Winkler County ‘good ol’ boys’ faces charges in court

Austin American-Statesman, October 13, 2011

The last man standing in the unfolding saga of small-town retaliation against two nurses who tried to protect hospital patients from dangerous medical care is […]


Help health care: Let nurses in Texas do more

Austin American-Statesman, August 29, 2011

Campaigning for the presidency, Gov. Rick Perry touts his record of job creation. What he’s not talking about is his record on health care, which […]


West Texas Story has Sleaze, Drama — Sadly, It’s Real

Austin American-Statesman, June 7, 2011

We’ve seen the beginning of the 
Winkler County whistle-blowing nurses movie so many times, but it still doesn’t have an ending. It has an all-star […]


Lawmakers, Doctors Holding Nurses Back

Austin American-Statesman, April 22, 2011

Here’s an idea that wouldn’t cost Texas a dime but would save millions of dollars every year: Remove all barriers restraining nurses from practicing to […]


Regulatory boards need to keep their independence

Austin American-Statesman, March 2, 2011

Facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Rick Perry has revived a failed and tired idea from past legislative sessions. To save a paltry $7 […]


Reach of the Law Catches Up to Good Ol’ Boy Ways

Austin American-Statesman, January 21, 2011

I’m a nurse. Fortunately, I’ve never worked with an incompetent doctor. But if I worked alongside one who sutured a rubber scissor tip to a […]


When Whistle-blowers Silenced, Many Hurt

Austin American-Statesman, January 4, 2011

In a medically underserved county, what do you get when a vindictive sheriff combines with a hospital board hoping to turn red ink to black […]


A Lunch Break a Day Keeps the Lawyers Away

Austin American-Statesman, November 26, 2010

Working in a fast-paced, complex-care hospital setting is a juggling act for nurses, which is mainly what attracted us to the job and keeps us […]