Category Archives: Patient Advocacy

Sovereign Immunity and the Winkler County nurses

In this month’s Texas Nursing Voice, the Director of Government Affairs for the Texas Nurse Association, James Willmann, gives an introduction to the concept of sovereign immunity to nurses.  The basic concept is that Governmental entities may be immune from suits because the “Government” can do no wrong.  The concept is based on an old…

West Texas Nurses to Face Trial

via the New York Times: It occurred to Anne Mitchell as she was writing the letter that she might lose her job, which is why she chose not to sign it. But it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a…

Failure to advocate for a patient opens nurses up to health care liability claim

In a recent case out of the Texas 5th Court of Appeals, the court allowed a case to go forward against a nurse and the nurse’s employer, a nursing home, at least partially because the nurses involved in the case failed to adequately advocate for the patient.  The patient, who had multiple medical issues, developed…

Nurses in Winkler County charged with misuse of official information

Two nurses from the Winkler County Memorial Hospital have been charged with misuse of official information, a third degree felony, over an anonymous complaint they filed with the Texas Medical Board regarding improper treatment of patients by a physician in Kermit, Texas (can’t make that name up!).  Seems like the physician got his knickers in…