Tributes Articles

Make-believe is a special place we all should visit

Austin American-Statesman, December 24, 2009

A few weeks ago, the American-Statesman ran my column on the widespread, irrational fear of vaccinations among parents. Soon afterward, I heard from my friend Martha Williams. “Bravo, Toni,” she wrote in an e-mail. “Vaccines did not cause my son’s autism!”


Jake Pickle’s greatest gift to all of us

Austin American-Statesman, June 25, 2005

One of my fondest childhood memories was of Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle lighting up the First Methodist Church downtown when he’d enter, bigger than life, […]


“I Promised Myself That It Would Happen” What happens when a will the size of Texas faces off with the great state itself.

American Journal of Nursing [Vol. 102, No. 10, pp. 106-7], October 1, 2002

It would be difficult to say where Sister Angela Murdaugh, MSN, RN, CNM, FACNM, has made a more profound difference: advancing the profession of nurse […]


5 Minutes with Nancy McDonald: On serving in the Texas legislature

NurseWeek, March 18, 2002

How did you become involved in politics?

Part of our professional code of ethics tells us that we’ll strive to “improve standards of nursing practice and promote … efforts to meet health needs of the public.” I’ve always taken that aspect of the code very seriously.

During the 12 years that I was a hospital staff and head nurse, I was also involved in local politics. During that time, an influx of foreign nurses pointed to the need for a clearer definition of nursing responsibilities in the Nursing Practice Act. After joining the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Texas Nurses Association, we set to work to rewrite parts of the act and then to lobby the Legislature for its passage.


Nancy McDonald: Icon of Texas Nursing

Texas Nursing [Vol. 84, No. 10, pp. 3-7], December 1, 2001

[This article was also published in the March 18, 2002 NurseWeek, p. 10-11.] About a year ago, I worked in the same NICU bay at […]


Legacies: Venola Schmidt, 1919-2001

The Good Life [p. 16], August 1, 2001

A eulogy delivered by Toni Inglis at Venola Schmidt’s memorial service on June 23, 2001, at First Unitarian Church. The Tuesday after Venola died, former […]


Impeachment? Nation could use Barbara Jordan’s wisdom

The Dallas Morning News, October 4, 1998

[This commentary was also published in the Austin American-Statesman, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution and the Houston Chronicle.] Barbara Jordan’s candle burned out in January […]


Thank you, Dr. Kay

Journal of Perinatology [Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 56-7], January 1, 1994

When I was a girl, I dreamed of becoming a nurse and working with Dr. Albert Schweitzer to relieve human suffering and sickness in the […]