I would like to know how a nurse gets by giving medication to a patient without contacting a doctor beforehand (Report faults jail care, March 14). If I remember correctly from nursing school, this is called dispensing and is not part of our scope of practice.

Or (how a nurse gets by without) even doing a proper assessment on the patient before anything else: The first step is always do an assessment to make sure we have the right info for the doctor.

It makes no sense to me how any nurse can make this call and dispense meds.

I also am appalled that any nurse would consider falsifying medical records and think they can get away with it.

The public is starting to get the wrong picture about nurses and I, for one, don't like all the bad publicity. I consider myself a great nurse. I enjoy being a nurse and love to care for my patients and their families.

I have made some mistakes in my career, but nothing that has caused anyone pain or suffering. It takes a great person to stand up and say, 'I did something wrong, and I am sorry.' For people to cover up those mistakes makes them a coward and a liar.

Linda Hopkins, RN RCM


Still in the race, Sho Dozono may impress

I am so thankful that Sho Dozono decided to stay in the race for mayor; one would think that Sam Adams was the only person running. Now we have a choice!

Sam Adams did not do himself any favors when he challenged the ruling of Gary Blackmer.

I believe Dozono is going to do much better in his run for mayor than most political leaders and political analysts think he will.

Lois J. Plunkett

Southeast Portland

Aid began only when resources ran out

I would like to respond to Debbie Lamberger's piece 'Program's giving, not taking' (My View, March 11).

I guess I did not make myself clear as to why I thought it was not fair to recover money from my estate only (Two ways to lose a home, Feb. 8). There are families receiving aid for disabled children that extends to adulthood. Children who lost a parent are receiving aid until the child reaches the age of 18, or longer.

I am sure there are other circumstances where people receive aid, but no mention was made by the Oregon Department of Human Services for other people in those situations that had to reimburse the government.

I took care of my wife for 8 1/2 years until I had to put her in an Alzheimer's facility. I received no aid while I cared for her at home, and only after my resources were depleted did the aid start.

Ray Sahli


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