Phony 'Nurse Of Year' Sentenced To Prison

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phony "nurse of the year" sentenced to 9 months in prison - courant.com

"betty a. lichtenstein, 57, was sentenced tuesday for practicing nursing without a license, criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery.

after her august 2009 award dinner, also phony, she became known as "nurse betty." lichtenstein had worked in a norwalk medical office giving injections, writing prescriptions and dispensing medical advice, according to her arrest warrant."

wow. what was she thinking? even paid $2k of her own money to throw her own phony party and conned the doc she worked for to speak at it!

Orange Tree

Specializes in Medical Surgical Orthopedic. 728 Posts

Wow....the award dinner- just wow.

Pappilli0n

Specializes in Cardiac, Thoracic, Vsg, ENT, GU. Has 21 years experience. 70 Posts

What waste of talent....sounds like she could have passed the Boards and been a "real" nurse. But then again, it doesn't sound like she's working with

a full deck upstairs, so "it's a good thing" it happened this way.

lrobinson5

690 Posts

Yeah... she must have a huge pair to throw herself a party and expect to get away with it. I'm always amazed to hear stories like this, how do these people get so good at lying?

Moogie

Specializes in Gerontology, nursing education. 1 Article; 1,796 Posts

I am glad to see that the doctor who employed her was reprimanded and fined for not checking to see if she was licensed.

SwampCat, BSN

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 3 years experience. 310 Posts

I am glad to see that the doctor who employed her was reprimanded and fined for not checking to see if she was licensed.

I would be livid if he wasn't reprimanded. There's no excuse for this. In CT, licenses can be verified via the state website. Heck I looked her up and saw she didn't exist on the record. If the general public can do it, why didn't the doctor? I bet he feels like a fool now. If he was my doctor you can bet I'd be looking for a new one right now.

Moogie

Specializes in Gerontology, nursing education. 1 Article; 1,796 Posts

I would be livid if he wasn't reprimanded. There's no excuse for this. In CT, licenses can be verified via the state website. Heck I looked her up and saw she didn't exist on the record. If the general public can do it, why didn't the doctor? I bet he feels like a fool now. If he was my doctor you can bet I'd be looking for a new one right now.

That's just it. There is no excuse for his not checking a potential employee's licensure.

I'd be looking for a different practitioner, too.

Conqueror+, BSN, RN

Has 28 years experience. 1,457 Posts

Wow, I've never even heard of a legitimately licensed nurse writing prescriptions. She must have been a high end phony.

lsk40

149 Posts

I guess she thought if your going to do something be the best at it I mean what was she pretending to be a N.P.

oklahomagal

Specializes in Lactation. 245 Posts

I guess she thought if your going to do something be the best at it I mean what was she pretending to be a N.P.
:lol2: LOL

eriksoln, BSN, RN

Specializes in M/S, Travel Nursing, Pulmonary. Has 15 years experience. 2 Articles; 2,636 Posts

Hmmm, when I read the title I thought to myself "I knew a few phony awards given out at my hospital, wonder if they'll be arrested". Then I read on and found out it was another false nurse. Ah well.

Hey, the dinner she threw herself...........not much different than what goes on with the real nurses in the hospitals TBH. The "Caregiver of the year" awards and all that other stuff............at my hospital those rewards often to go people WHO DON'T EVEN TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS. Total popularity contest. Everyone who is on the front lines performing pt. care laughs at half the recipients of the rewards here, "Guess I need to start taking holidays off, hide in meetings whenever admits/discharges are at their busiest and learn how to send out hospital wide emails that say nothing of any use in order to get any recognition here". The award ceremonies are just.........an excuse for the same old cliche to have a party. At least the lady in the article used her own money instead of hospital funds.

Penelope_Pitstop, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. 2,365 Posts

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

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