Posts Tagged ‘West Texas Nurse Trial’

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 […]

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Nurses win but still bear burdens of trial (Part 3)

Austin American-Statesman, February 15, 2010

You and I are a little bit safer today because a West Texas jury acquitted a nurse of felony charges filed after she reported a doctor’s suspicious conduct to the state medical board. Had the jury in Andrews found Anne Mitchell guilty, the message for nurses and other health care professionals would have been: “Report a doctor and risk losing your job and going to jail.”

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Are West Texas nurses criminals or health advocates? (Part 2)

Austin American-Statesman, February 1, 2010

Remember the two West Texas nurses who were not only fired from their jobs but also indicted on third-degree felony charges for doing what they thought was right?

To me, there appears to be so much wrong here — arrogance, vindictiveness, downright good-ol’-boy idiocy — that it’s hard to know where to begin.

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Retaliation against West Texas nurses is unacceptable (Part 1)

Austin American-Statesman, August 3, 2009

In a stunning display of good ol’ boy idiocy and abuse of prosecutorial discretion, two West Texas nurses have been fired from their jobs and indicted with a third-degree felony carrying potential penalties of two-to-ten years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.

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