I suspect a co-worker is impersonating a nurse. He was hired as a medical assistant, but recently states he has obtained RN licensure, although this is not supported by the state BON verification link. His job duties have not changed from that of medical assistant; however, he now identifies himself as an RN to patients, staff, other offices, etc. I have been wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt as I hate to be wrong about something like this, but it seems increasingly evident his story does not check out. When confronted about it, he becomes defensive and deflects. Am I obligated to report this to the BON?
If it were me, I would check the state's Nurse Practice Act to see under which circumstances I would have an affirmative duty to report a nurse to the Board for practicing without a license. You can also check Nursys(R)
to see if that person is licensed.
Good luck with this,
RE: State of Tennessee Nurse Practice Act:
63-7-120. Violations and penalties. -
(a) It is a Class B misdemeanor for any person, corporation or association to:
(1) Sell or fraudulently obtain or furnish any nursing diploma, license or record, or aid or abet therein;
(2) Practice nursing as defined by this chapter under cover of any diploma, license or record illegally or fraudulently
obtained or assigned or issued unlawfully or under fraudulent representation;
(3) Practice nursing as defined by this chapter unless duly licensed to do so under the provisions of this chapter;
(4) Use in connection with the person's name any designation tending to imply that the person is a registered nurse or
a licensed practical nurse unless duly licensed so to practice under the provisions of this chapter;
(7) Otherwise violate any provisions of this chapter.
(b) Legal procedure in prosecution of violations of this section shall be in accordance with general statutes.
[Acts 1967, ch. 78, § 29; 1976, ch. 501, § 11; T.C.A., § 63-757; Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 112.]
From quick review I cannot find a statement that requires some one to contact the BON to report a questionable practioner in the state of which I'm most familar. However, if this person harms a patient by an act after claiming he is an RN, there will be an investigation.
We frequently got calls at the BON about MA overstepping their bounds. If the physican takes responsibity for an MA, he/she can do any prodecure as the physician will being liable for the practice. If this person is now presenting themselves as an RN, then the employee must adhere to the nurse practice act.
You are most probably not obligated to take a stand against illegal nursing practice, if true, but IMHO, why would you not want to protect your patients and your profession...makes me wonder what has happened to ethics, personal and professional responsibility. Flame away....
Last edit by twinsmom788 on Sep 24
: Reason: additional thoughts