What are the roles of nurses and research assistants when doing research? What happens when someone who is not an RN in that country has a BSN from another country places "RN" after his/her name?
I'm asking because a relative of mine who is a research assistant at a very well known institution has been signing her name as "Jane Doe, RN" when I know full well that she hasn't passed boards here (yes, I checked my state's BNE website and checked every possible name she could have used). I got bored one day and googled her name, and her name popped up with "R.N." after it. There's little to no possibility of someone else having her name because I come from a family that gets creative with names. I also know she's lied about having her license before to other people, and when caught, she's left the position immediately (she saw someone she knew at another hospital, and told that person she was a nurse there; when word got back to my aunt who is well-known in our community, she asked my cousin when she got her license. She said she didn't know what my aunt was talking about).
I'm wondering what happens to the research she's taken part in. Her name isn't on the list of authors, but it's listed in the credentials. I always under the impression that if anything shady happens with research, it can get thrown out or corrections have to be issued. Her role, at least to my knowledge, is as a senior research assistant. Should I ignore it? I called the Board to ask what could happen, and they said it could affect whether or not she's qualified to take NCLEX if she ever tried again.
WoW! You really don't like her huh? GEEZ! Research Assistants where I work actually make more than the RNs, and it is a well respected position. If she is signing her name RN and has no license why has NO ONE at this "well known" institution picked it up? I'm just thinking as a research assistant why would she need to falsely sign credentials she doesn't have? Most of the research assistants I work with have Bachelor degrees in areas like psychology or biology. Psych techs and research techs work under the RN and Research Assistants. Sometimes the Research Assistants will be credited toward the research, sometimes they are never mentioned. Have you talked to her? I'm trying to figure out your real motive, it doesn't really sound like a concern for her. Hey, what do I know? I'm curious because being a Research Assistant is a fantastic career and a degree in nursing isn't required. I hope you bring this to her attention before you report her to the BON, as a family member.
Last edit by Mrs. SnowStormRN on May 30, '11