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In one of the more recent medical error cases, people on various versions of social media are accusing nurses of being racist for not supporting Christiann Gainey or Angela Martinez. They have indicated that had these nurses been white like Radonda Vaught, nurses everywhere would be screaming their support from the rooftops.
Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as the color of one’s skin. It’s as simple as falsifying medical documentation.
Radonda Vaught always admitted to her error and for it, she was convicted of a crime.
Gainey and Martinez both falsified medical documentation, lied to police officers and under oath, and additionally have had their hospitals circle the wagons to protect them from liability. Martinez’s error was particularly egregious as it was a wrong route error that was covered up at the time, delayed in reporting to the coroner, and was obfuscated from the family. Even worse, the Knoxville hospital is using the auspices of Covid-19 in order to use immunity clauses for a death unrelated to Covid.
Nurses on social media are torn. Some are accusing nurses of racism, while others are accusing others of blind allegiance to a profession, rather than to the correct care of patients.
Even in the hallowed pages of Ricochet, it has been intimated that nurses simply support nurses regardless of error. While this couldn’t be further from the truth, it has been said. Nurses are a profession, not a mafia. However, it is interesting how the hospitals are behaving like them.
Cover ups. Lies.
More should be done to penalize the hospitals for their lies, rather than just making one person liable. Perhaps if we made individual administrators personally and criminally liable, we would have fewer situations like these.
I salute the nurses who, like me, do not support nurses who make grave mistakes and then attempt to cover their tracks. I salute the nurses who admit to their errors.
I stand with Radonda Vaught.
I condemn these other nurses completely.