I know everyone has different ideas about exactly how culpable the hospital was. There are many who think that since the hospital was apparently a pit to work in (aren't most of them, any more?) that the nurse should be off the hook. I maintain that we are all responsible for our own practice.
Based on everything I've read so far I think: 1. The nurse's actions rise (or sink) to the level of criminal charges being appropriate. 2. Now she gets her day in court and maybe a whole lot more information comes to light, in her favour or not. 3. Hopefully (and I know it's a long shot) typical hospital practices come to light and the public is outraged. 4. New nurses coming into the field will be taught to be assertive, proactive and not at all easy to intimidate. If we have any vestige of handmaiden status hanging on, we need to lose it yesterday.