Winkler County Nurses Articles

Politicians need to butt out of medical board investigations

The Dallas Morning News, December 8, 2015

Texas politicians have a nasty habit of interfering with medical board investigations. They need to butt out. The health professions boards exist to protect you and me from harm, thus are some of the most important agencies in state government. Despite parsimonious funding, they do a fine job of governing, licensing and disciplining doctors, nurses, […]


Why local prosecution of crimes by state officials is a bad idea

Austin American-Statesman, June 17, 2015

As Republicans pound their chests trumpeting the success of the 84th legislative session, many of us are left wondering which was the lousiest bill passed. Open carry? Guns on campus? “Repatriating” Texas gold bullion from Fort Knox to a depository in Texas — huh? Let’s not forget failing to pass a ban on texting while […]


Whistle-blower nurses see justice in the end

Austin American-Statesman, July 27, 2012

The outcome of the Winkler County nurses’ whistle-blower saga would have ended differently had it not been for three public servants doing their jobs and doing them well. For defending a nurse’s right to act as patient advocate, Assistant Attorneys General David Glickler and Shane Attaway and investigator Randy Muenzler recently received the Texas Nurses […]


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 stating you give up your right to legal counsel. If convicted of a felony of the third degree, you stand to spend 10 years in prison and pay $10,000. At […]


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 scheduled to appear before a judge today. The pre-trial hearing of Dr. Rolando Arafiles should be the opening scene in what should be the closing chapter of a story that […]


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 cast. Winkler County nurses Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle; town doctor Rolando G. Arafiles Jr.; hospital administrator Stan Wiley; former Winkler County Sheriff Robert L. Roberts; Winkler County Attorney Scott […]


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 the full extent of their education and training. No state needs primary care providers more than Texas, which has a severe shortage. Texas ranks last in access to health care […]


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 million, he proposes to combine under one umbrella some of the most essential agencies in state government — the boards regulating doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, pharmacists, psychologists and […]


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 patient’s broken thumb; gave three enemas to a 10-year-old boy and misdiagnosed his appendicitis; and examined the genitals of patients presenting with stomach distress, headache and sinus, blood pressure and […]


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 by hiring an affable doctor with promises and a restricted license? You get harmed patients, two brilliant nurses fired, an excruciating criminal trial, the departure of the county’s only nurse […]