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Two brave nurses who went up against an “Old Boys Network”

Photo by Michael Stravato

Nurses Anne Mitchell and Vikilyn Galle were both working at a hospital in a small Texas town when they became increasingly concerned about the quality of care provided by one of the physicians. He was a family physician who started performing surgeries (and failed ones at that) on unwitting patients.

The nurses brought these issues up to hospital administration, but were ignored. When they sent an anonymous letter to the Texas Medical Board, they were fired. Then they were arrested. Listen to their shocking story (starting at the 7:33 mark).

Have you ever run up against an “Old Boys Network” at your place of employment? How did you handle it?

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3 Responses to Two brave nurses who went up against an “Old Boys Network”

  1. Your name

    Just today, I was pulled in a room by an MD who asked me about a confidential e-mail I had sent to my supervisor about his patient care. I told him it was about patient care and patient care alone. I did not appreciate this breach of confidence, but I did not let myself be bullied down! Nurses have a responsibility to our patients–I’m sure I’ll be hearing more from my refusal to back down…

  2. Brenda

    Its every where

  3. sarah650 Student

    I’m just glad we have the whistle blowing laws here in the UK to protect those that report unsafe practice. Also confidential emails are protected by freedom of information act.