The New York Times reports on a very disturbing case in Texas. A doctor allegedly engaged in all sorts of malpractice. When a nurse reported him to the medical board, she lost her job and he kept his. Sad but not that surprising. What’s surprising is that she is now being prosecuted for reporting him even though investigators and hospital administrators admit that the doctor engaged in malpractice.
The prosecutor claims that she was trying to diminish his reputation. Really? It’s not like she went to the newspaper. She reported him to the medical board who could then open an investigation on their own. Hopefully this prosecutor will wake up and drop the charges. Nurses should always feel free to report unsafe behavior.