Troubling Silence of most National Medical Organizations
Related: The Sound of Silence
The prosecution of two Texas nurses for reporting a physician to the Texas Board of Medicine is disturbing. After six months of legal processing, the charges against one nurse, Vicki Galle, were dropped last week. Jury selection is set to begin Monday, February 8, 2010.While the prosecution of nurses for reporting unsafe care is unusual, the failure of most of the major national healthcare organizations to support the nurses is alarming. Where is JCAHO? Where is the AMA? Where is the AHA? Where are all the patient safety organizations?
The ANA, American Nursing Association, has taken an appropriate position. Why must the nursing community stand alone? The silence of the other organizations is deafening. A New York Times article by Kevin Sack has been picked up by several other papers in Sarasota, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Dallas.
What do you think? Is the prosecution appropriate? What about the silence of the organizations that could make a difference? Does that silence tell nurses that when they blow the whistle, they can only expect support from their lawyers and the nursing organizations, that other national organizations who pay lip service to patient safety will leave them twisting in the wind?
I fear that this is the lesson of this case. Please help prove me wrong.
For more information about this troubling case, take a look at what David Mittleman, a thoughtful colleague, has written.
Information and links re Texas Nurses Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle
Key Documents attached to Federal Complaint: http://www.casewatch.org/civil/mitchell/suit.pdf
American Hospital Assn: http://www.aha.org/aha/news-center/contact-us.html
American Medical Assn: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/for-media.shtml
Joint Commission: http://www.jointcommission.org/NewsRoom/
Texas Medical Board
The doctor's history:http://w3.health.state.ny.us/opmc/factions.nsf/58220a7f9eeaafab85256b180058c032/7a6202983003e311852573800060bc44/$FILE/lc205227.pdf
http://www.google.com/search?q=inurl : http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/++site:tmb.state.tx.us+arafiles&hl=en&safe=off&num=100&filter=0
Trial begins, Jury selected, Sheriff testifies
New York Times Feb. 7 article by Kevin Sackhttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/us/07nurses.html?pagewanted=all#
Business Insider - Feb. 7 article by Erin Geiger Smith
Texas Nurses Assn. Page provides chronologyhttp://www.texasnurses.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=509#trialbegins
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http://www.co.winkler.tx.us/index.htm Winkler county
http://www.co.winkler.tx.us/districtatty.htm Winkler County District Attorney
http://www.co.winkler.tx.us/utilities/WINKLER%20COUNTY%20TELEPHONE%20LISTINGS.pdf http://www.co.winkler.tx.us/wcso.htm Winkler County Sheriff's Office
http://www.co.winkler.tx.us/countyatty.htm Winkler County Att