What if.....your Director has falsified his credentials?

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    I have an unusual problem, that I hope someone can help me with. In the past year, our hospital has had an influx of nurses of all types: travelers, agency nurses, per diems, etc. and our hospital was also recently taken over by a well known corporation which buys up small community hospitals. During the course of the takeover, the Director of our Unit gave her resignation. It was difficult to find a replacement, but eventually a traveling nurse who had worked in other departments was hired to become the director. Recently, a fellow nurse discovered that our Director, who has now been on board nearly a year, is not listed as having a license with our state. In addition, he does not have a certification for CCRN, according to the AACN listings, however he signs all his memos with RN, CCRN, etc. and he also wears that title on his name badge. I would be inclined to forget about this, but now it is starting to worry me. Is it possible that nurses from other states somehow can slip through the cracks so that their history doesn't follow them? Can my hospital be sued in some way by patients who discover this? I don't want to be fired myself, but I want to be able to trust the integrity of the Director.
    VivaLasViejas, NRSKarenRN, Blanca R, and 1 other like this.

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    If your director is illegally using the title of RN check your state nurse practice act as you may be legally obligated to report this to the board of nursing or risk action against your license. Many states have a duty to report /act. If not see if you can file an anonymous tip with your corporate compliance or risk management hotline b
    GrnTea, BeesMama, KelRN215, and 2 others like this.
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    Thank you, I appreciate your help very much. This has started to burden me and I did not know who to talk to about this.
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    I would probably make a discrete, private appointment with someone in your Human Resources department. Talk to them about it -- not in an accusing way, but rather just reporting that there has been some gossip about this issue and you don't know what the truth is ... but thought you should tell somebody about it so that it could be looked into.

    There might be a reasonable explanation. So don't make accusations that will ruffle feathers. Don't contribute to your unit's gossip about it. But simply pass the questions on to a Human Resources professional and ask them to look into the situation.
    LTCNS, Altra, miserere, and 6 others like this.
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    I would NOT make an appointment with HR. I would call whatever anonymous corporate responsibility line y'all have. Most places have one.
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    Please report this. I would go with the confidential line as opposed to HR. Your facility if anything may be embarrassed.

    Also I'm not sure how those compact states go but is it possible he is licensed in a different state and you all didn't find him? Maybe his name is different?
    RNInterupted, Kidrn911, Altra, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from chrisrn24
    Please report this. I would go with the confidential line as opposed to HR. Your facility if anything may be embarrassed.

    Also I'm not sure how those compact states go but is it possible he is licensed in a different state and you all didn't find him? Maybe his name is different?
    My understanding is that travel nurses may keep their license but once you call a state your home residence then you change your license to that state.
    miserere, Esme12, Marshall1, and 1 other like this.
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    What made you guys decide to look him up anyway? Do you go looking up everybody your associated with to make sure they are an rn? Seems like you have ulterior motives .
    RNInterupted, somo881, BrandonLPN, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from manusko

    My understanding is that travel nurses may keep their license but once you call a state your home residence then you change your license to that state.
    You always need a license in the state you are working, just some states are compact states so you are licensed there by default of being licensed elsewhere. OP, is your state one of the compact states for RN licenses?
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    Quote from miserere
    I have an unusual problem, that I hope someone can help me with. In the past year, our hospital has had an influx of nurses of all types: travelers, agency nurses, per diems, etc. and our hospital was also recently taken over by a well known corporation which buys up small community hospitals. During the course of the takeover, the Director of our Unit gave her resignation. It was difficult to find a replacement, but eventually a traveling nurse who had worked in other departments was hired to become the director. Recently, a fellow nurse discovered that our Director, who has now been on board nearly a year, is not listed as having a license with our state. In addition, he does not have a certification for CCRN, according to the AACN listings, however he signs all his memos with RN, CCRN, etc. and he also wears that title on his name badge. I would be inclined to forget about this, but now it is starting to worry me. Is it possible that nurses from other states somehow can slip through the cracks so that their history doesn't follow them? Can my hospital be sued in some way by patients who discover this? I don't want to be fired myself, but I want to be able to trust the integrity of the Director.
    Are you sure he doesn't appear with a different name than on his documents or badge?? Maybe he registered with a middle name or different last name(Sometimes people have hyphenated last names or more than one last name) . Don't make a scene before finding that out.
    RNInterupted, LTCNS, Orca, and 2 others like this.


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