"Winkler County Nurses" win $750,000 settlement - page 2

commissioners and nurse mitchell react to $750000 settlement 8/10/10‎ beau berman cbs 7 news bberman@cbs7.com august 10, 2010 kermit, texas -... Read More

  1. Visit  PhotoNurseMan profile page
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    $750,000 or even $1,000,000 is not enough to compensate for the career one person let alone two. Yes they have some vindication but even with that it will send a message for the rest of us to keep quiet or else. For a few years now politicians have been yammering on trying to change the public sentiment toward large civil penalties in court cases. Who here think these two people were adequately compensated or if the settlement was large enough to discourage large bureaucratic organizations from ruining other peoples lives for trying to do the right thing. I would feel better if it was $10,000,000.
    Kandy83, CCL RN, MissPiggy, and 4 others like this.
  2. Visit  belgarion profile page
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    Quote from Suethestudent
    "The nurses will split at nearly $1,000,000 settlement"
    Quote from Suethestudent
    Wow... I thought $750,000 was 75% of $1,000,000 not nearly $1m. That is some rounding up, and makes it sound like these two brave nurses won the lottery. They may never work in their chosen field again, so $375,000 each is probably less than 5-7 years pay.
    What an utter disgrace.


    After paying off legal fees and taxes they will probably end up with much less than that.

    As for "letting the sheriff go", sheriffs in Texas are elected, not hired. While the county commisioners might remove one from office under certain circumstances, the same person might very well run in the next election and get elected. Remember, this is the state where an entire cemetary woke long up enough to cast a vote for LBJ in a senate election.

    Hate to say it but, even though vindicated, the nurses may still end up losing.
    CCL RN, oliviajolie, MissPiggy, and 2 others like this.
  3. Visit  lcc1080 profile page
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    Maybe they'll use the money to get law degrees, and open a practice to help other nurses in similar situations.
    MissPiggy, ANPFNPGNP, and Leelee2 like this.
  4. Visit  imintrouble profile page
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    Whistle blowers never, never win. But, having said that, I am awed by these nurses' strength, integrity and dedication.
    Kandy83, CCL RN, MissPiggy, and 2 others like this.
  5. Visit  JoanJuxtaposed profile page
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    Quote from Suethestudent
    "The nurses will split at nearly $1,000,000 settlement"
    Wow... I thought $750,000 was 75% of $1,000,000 not nearly $1m. That is some rounding up, and makes it sound like these two brave nurses won the lottery. They may never work in their chosen field again, so $375,000 each is probably less than 5-7 years pay.
    What an utter disgrace.
    It'll be enough for retirement though, won't it?

    "Ms. Mitchell, 53, said in an interview that she was glad to put the case behind her. 'We'll be able to move on with our lives,' she said. 'We never thought we'd be in this situation at this stage, when we should be settling down and looking toward retirement.' "

    Also, why wouldn't they work in nursing again? Because they can't or you just don't think they'd want to?
  6. Visit  JoanJuxtaposed profile page
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    Haha, looked him up on vitals.com and was amused yet unsurprised by his rating:
    http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Rolando_Arafiles.html
  7. Visit  cherryames1949 profile page
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    Joan, those are honest questions. I will answer as if they were asked of me. I know that it sounds like a lot of money but 375,000 dollars @ 50,000 dollars a year will only last 8 years. Work in the medical field will be difficult if not impossible for these two. They will have a reputation as troublemakers. This will follow them forever - professionally, financially, and emotionally.
    Kandy83, CCL RN, and imintrouble like this.
  8. Visit  msn10 profile page
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    Wow. How can this man still have a license or practice after all those complaints? You would think someone besides these 2 nurses would have investigated him.
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  9. Visit  JoanJuxtaposed profile page
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    Quote from cherryames1949
    Joan, those are honest questions. I will answer as if they were asked of me. I know that it sounds like a lot of money but 375,000 dollars @ 50,000 dollars a year will only last 8 years. Work in the medical field will be difficult if not impossible for these two. They will have a reputation as troublemakers. This will follow them forever - professionally, financially, and emotionally.
    No, thanks for answering at all. I still think it was worth it. They inspire me to be ready to do the same if need ever be. Most doctors are amazing (at least 51%), but the ones with the egos so big, and competence levels so low, that they'd never think to check themselves, never acknowledge their errors, probably the same ones who talk down to nurses, aides, and patients - they're just the worst. THE worst. Not to mention, that whole southern 'good ol' boy's club' dynamic that seems to be present here.
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  10. Visit  belgarion profile page
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    375K each minus federal taxes minus attorney fees for thier criminal defense as well as the civil action. The total they actually wind up with is probably closer to 150k or even less. Plus, as several have said, they will have a difficult if not impossible time ever working as nurses again. Kind of makes what they did even more admirable.

    Meanwhile the doctor will probaly get a slap on the wrist from the good ole boys at the medical board plus a fine from Medicare and go right back to practicing somewhere else.

    Yep, justice is served.
    CCL RN, lindarn, and cherryames1949 like this.
  11. Visit  Doza profile page
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    The county will only pay $150,000 out of pocket, as the rest will be covered by the Texas Association of Counties' risk management pool, which is for all intents and purposes, the county's insurance policy.

    Nevertheless, taxpayers will foot the bill for the actions of several elected officials, like Scott Tidwell, Sheriff Roberts and Mike Fostel.


    Wow, these people don't even have to pay a dime for what they did. The American taxpayers have to pay? The 2 nurses lost their jobs and this is the exchange?

    Dr. Arafiles, who attended medical school in his native Philippines before training in the United States, was charged in late June by the Texas Medical Board with numerous violations

    And another Filipino again in the news. Grrrrr!!! I hate it when people like him disgrace my motherland. How long does it take to review a doctor? I hope his license gets revoked and not just restricted, as the article suggests. Nurses who did the right thing may not work again in the field they dedicated their lives to. I hope he can't get a job as a doctor forever. Other states beware, he may transfer to your neck of the woods.
    CCL RN, lindarn, MissPiggy, and 1 other like this.
  12. Visit  cherryames1949 profile page
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    I am proud of the nurses for doing the right thing but the price is high. Their lives are changed forever. I admire their courage in the face of certain difficulties. I hope that I would be able to do the same.
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  13. Visit  MissPiggy profile page
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    Quote from cherryames1949
    Joan, those are honest questions. I will answer as if they were asked of me. I know that it sounds like a lot of money but 375,000 dollars @ 50,000 dollars a year will only last 8 years. Work in the medical field will be difficult if not impossible for these two. They will have a reputation as troublemakers. This will follow them forever - professionally, financially, and emotionally.

    .......Especially here in West Texas.
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