I was browsing the Texas Board of Nursing site today out of curiosity. Well, somehow in all of my reading, I came across the imposter alert section for the last ten years. Don't get me wrong, it was definitely scary that these people were able to get away with what they did for quite some time but some of the scenarios were downright horrifying. One woman managed to work as a school nurse for TEN YEARS posing as a registered nurse. How does one manage to slip through the cracks like that? How does an otherwise respectable school district, hospital, nursing home, staffing agency or institution let something like this occur? Call me naive but I just never imagined people doing such a thing. You could KILL someone because you don't have the education, knowledge, and licensing to back you up. How absolutely terrifying.
Do any of you have any stories similar to the one I mentioned? Have you worked with someone who was an imposter or know of someone who did this?
Dec 30, '13
It's not surprising, I work with one now, but she's very co-vert about it.
So I currently work with an nurse assistant in small research university clinic who comes across as very professional, well spoken, and etc.. She never wears her ID, always keeps her lab coat on and never formally introduces herself as an NA, plus she will walk the patient through what the clinic visit entails and etc as if she is the nurse. She always tries to appear more educated than she is by her manner of speech and vocabulary. Alot of people we work with in other departments don't know her true job title, and alot of patients believe she is either a nurse or doctor and she does not correct people when they call her nurse. The problem is she is very good at her job and has been there for years even when there was no nurse to oversee things, so that's why I believe the facility will not and has not disciplined her, she's doing everything they ask and more, so they don't care if she's misrepresenting herself. According to the only other NA that works there she said that in the past she has even told people she was an LPN but like I said there was no nurse presence because no-one wanted the job so the NA's were running things, everything got done, and no-one got hurt so everyone (RN supervisor, etc... turned a blind eye) Too bad the other NA did not know at the time that she could report her to someone, she was too fearful.
This NA is very crafty though. Now that there are nurses in the clinic she will not do or say anything out of her scope as an NA, but as soon as we all leave (RN turnover is ridiculously high at this place) she will re-vert back to ''passing'' as something she is not. The sad part is she has some of the older scientists/MD's that call her nurse and don't care what her title is as long as she keeps up her excellent work on their research studies. The really sad part is that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of problems at this facility.
Last edit by All4NursingRN on Dec 30, '13