Posts Tagged ‘General’

‘M’ is for the many things moms endure

Austin American-Statesman, May 12, 2013

On Mother’s Day, I think of the moms of the sick and premature babies I cared for in the neonatal ICU for more than 30 […]


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 […]


This is What Leadership Looks Like

Austin American-Statesman, March 30, 2010

‘This is what change looks like.” Reflecting on 13 months of rancor and preparing us for the months ahead making sense of it all, that’s […]


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.


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 […]


Seeking magnet hospital status: a TNA member’s account of the arduous application process

Texas Nursing [Vol. 74, No. 9, pp. 7-12], October 1, 2000

Let’s face it.  The current healthcare environment is not conducive to optimal nurse staffing.  A synergy of factors works to exacerbate the staffing problem:  a […]


A capital way to serve the poor

The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 1998

[This letter to the editor was in response to a Wall Street Journal feature article critical of the Daughters of Charity for having large financial […]


Serving the public

The Wall Street Journal, July 5, 1995

Having attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, I take exception to the June 7 lead article decrying the perceived liberal bent of […]