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The debate continues: Nurses who reported physician to the Texas Medical Board file federal appeal

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, September 10, 2009

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While the motion to dismiss criminal charges against two nurses who reported a physician to the Texas Medical Board is still pending, the nurses have filed a federal lawsuit alleging illegal retaliation for patient advocacy activities, civil rights and due process violations.

Earlier this year, Anne Mitchell, RN and Vicki Galle, RN, two nurses from West Texas, tried reporting a physician’s problem behavior through designated hospital channels. When their complaints fell on deaf ears, they took the next step and anonymously reported the physician to the Texas Medical Board.

The medical board notified the physician of its investigation. In turn, the physician contacted the local sheriff to file a harassment report. The sheriff’s investigation led to third degree felony charges for the nurses.



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