Nancy Valko

I have been a registered nurse since 1969 and currently I am a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses ( I have also been a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee.

In 2015, I was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.

After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, I am currently working as a legal nurse consultant (  and volunteer.

I have served on medical and nursing ethics committees and give speeches and workshops around the country on medical ethics issues. I have also served on the board of the Saint Louis Down Syndrome Association in the past and I am still active in the field of disability advocacy. I have worked as a volunteer for children with disabilities, people with severe brain injuries, and bereaved parents.

I have also appeared on many radio and television shows on various medical, ethical and pro-life topics and I have written on these topics for The National Catholic Register, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, First Things magazine, Magnificat, the Linacre Quarterly and other publications. I was also contributing editor for Voices magazine, a publication of Woman for Faith and Family until it ceased publication in 2014. I also have an archive of older articles, etc. from Voices magazine and other outlets at my other blog “Nancy Valko, RN ALNC”.

I have personally cared for many relatives with a variety of physical or mental disabilities, including my mother with Alzheimer’s and terminal cancer and a daughter, Karen, who was born with Down Syndrome and a severe heart defect. Although both are now deceased, the influence of my mother and daughter has positively motivated my activities in medical ethics and working for greater support for people and families dealing with such issues as disabilities, chronic illness and terminal conditions.

I was a divorced single mother for 20 years (and after an annulment), married my wonderful husband Kevin Scannell in June, 2008 and we live in St. Louis, Mo. Together, we are blessed with 4 living children and 4 living grandchildren.

In 2009, I lost my beautiful 30 year old daughter Marie to suicide and in 2012, Kevin and I lost our 6 year old grandson Noah to a rare autoimmune disease called HLH.

Marketing death as a solution to Alzheimer’s
29 Aug 2019 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Alzheimer's disease, assisted suicide, dementia, euthanasia
Dementia in a loved one can offer opportunities for growth

Charlie Gard’s parents have the right to try new treatment
11 Jul 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: charlie gard, parental rights, withdrawal of treatment
There is a chance it will bring benefits both for their baby and others.

Governor Brown, do not sign the death warrant of unhappy people
25 Sep 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: California assisted suicide bill, suicide
My daughter was the victim of assisted suicide advocates.

Organ donation: crossing the line
6 Oct 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: donation after cardiac death, euthanasia, organ donation
Linking the "right to die" with organ donation has opened a terrible Pandora's Box.

Have death panels already arrived?
12 Nov 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: death panels, Obamacare
The case against: an experienced nurse worries that Obamacare will entrench an existing quality-of-life ethic. 

The campaign against conscience rights
26 Jan 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, conscience, conscientious objection, FOCA
American healthcare workers who oppose abortion and euthanasia could be squeezed out of their jobs. 

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