A former teacher and colleague of nurse Julie Thao says that the medication error that killed a teenager giving birth at St. Mary's hospital last summer does not warrant the felony charges against her.
Retired registered nurse Mickie Schmudlach said Friday that her former student is "exceptionally bright" and that she displayed "caring and compassion" during the five years the two spent working together in St. Mary's delivery room.
"She's not an ordinary nurse; she's an extraordinary nurse," Schmudlach said of Thao, who faces up to a $25,000 fine, three years in prison and three years of extended supervision if convicted.
The state Department of Justice defends its charge - which has been widely attacked by nurses organizations and medical groups - by saying that multiple errors lead to the death.
But Schmudlach said that the criminal case does not accurately reflect the realities of the medical field.
"It's all being talked about by people who've never delivered in a labor room," she said.
After Schmudlach taught Thao at MATC, she said the two registered nurses worked together for roughly five years prior to 2000 in St. Mary's delivery rooms. Schmudlach said the conditions are often dimly lit, there can be many people in the room and unexpected needs can drive long shifts.
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Oct 23, '07
Sometimes justice just don't prevail in hospital politics
Last edit by dnnc52 on Nov 3, '07