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Another Bushie Against Science
Jeb Bush defends a nurse who breached patient confidentiality to lie about Terry Schiavo's condition on national TV. Lori Helfand writes in the St. Pete Times:

Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday sided with a nurse who could lose her license because she discussed Terri Schiavo's medical condition on national TV.

"The governor feels the actions taken against (Carla) Sauer-Iyer are not justified and hopes that the complaint will be reconsidered and dismissed," Bush spokesman Russell Schweiss wrote in an e-mail to the St. Petersburg Times. "She did not disclose any information which was not already public."

On Thursday, the Department of Health requested the Board of Nursing to dismiss the agency's complaint that Sauer-Iyer, 42, improperly disclosed patient information on CNN last year.

Sauer-Iyer rejected a proposed settlement that would have forced her to give up her nursing license, pay up to $1,683 in administrative costs and not to apply for a license in the future.

Sauer-Iyer, a registered nurse, rejected a proposed settlement and requested an administrative hearing. No date has been set for the hearing.

She provided an affidavit for the governor's legal team in its defense of Terri's Law, which was ruled unconstitutional.

In her affidavit, Sauer-Iyer, who worked for Palm Garden of Largo as a licensed practical nurse while Schiavo was there, claimed Schiavo said "Mommy" and "Help me," told nurses she was in pain and chuckled when Sauer-Iyer told her humorous stories.

And then my dog got up on two legs and did the tango while reciting Proust.

Please, no more fundamentalist, anti-science nitwits for president.

Posted by aalkon at July 16, 2006 7:43 AM

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What's scarier to me is that someone who's supposedly a health professional (the nurse) would be promoting this kind of nonsense.

Posted by: deja pseu at July 16, 2006 1:46 PM

Clearly, she isn't professional -- far from it -- which is why she should have her license revoked.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 16, 2006 2:07 PM

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