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What was she thinking???

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I just got off the phone with a friend and she was telling me about a co-worker who recently was caught forging a charge nurse's signature! :no: I don't know too many details, but it had something to do with her trying to cover up an error the following day. I'm baffled by this! Has anyone else ever encountered anything like this? What did your hospital do? I am just completely flabbergasted!!!

BinkieRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

That is illegal and it is falsifying a patients record and she should be fired. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh but it's the truth.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 19 years experience.

Wow! Really wondering what this person was thinking or rather NOT thinking. I have never wanted to forage another persons signature. I agree she should be fired.

ohmeowzer RN, RN

Specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

I just got off the phone with a friend and she was telling me about a co-worker who recently was caught forging a charge nurse's signature! :no: I don't know too many details, but it had something to do with her trying to cover up an error the following day. I'm baffled by this! Has anyone else ever encountered anything like this? What did your hospital do? I am just completely flabbergasted!!!

well she isn't to bright is she?? man she is in big trouble... i don't know of anyone who did this before.. but i can bet she'll be fired and turned into the board... crazy .... keep us posted....:banghead:

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Uggg...

forgery...falsifying a legal document.....fraud...intent to deceive....malicious intent....

Looks like her license just became disposable.

Xbox Live Addict

Specializes in LTC/SNF, Psychiatric, Pharmaceutical. Has 8 years experience.

forgery...falsifying a legal document.....fraud...intent to deceive....malicious intent....

Looks like her license just became disposable.

Plus, she could potentially be criminally charged with fraud. I don't know how likely that is though.

lilmisstiger94

Has 7 years experience.

:banghead: Not only is it fraud (and just plain dumb) - but she should lose her license - that is unacceptable. We hold ourselves to higher standards than that. Nurses must maintain that reputation and respect if we are to keep moving forward.

LvHaloRN

Specializes in Psych, Chemical Dependency, Rehab. Has 6 years experience.

Umm....wow - that's insane. :no:

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

At my previous workplace, my ADON (assistant director of nurses) used to forge my signature all the time. It's needless to say that I no longer am an employee of that particular facility.

Plus, she could potentially be criminally charged with fraud. I don't know how likely that is though.

The first three things I wrote are criminal charges: forgery, falsifying a legal document, fraud. The last two are what make them so easy to prosecute.

mpccrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

i know of 2 nurses who merely changed the time of an assessment done the previous day and they were fired on the spot.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

I assume her license is in jeopardy and probably her job as well. I had a nurse once who charted ahead of the time (charted at beginning of shift but indicated the times were later in the shift). She got caught when a patient had a sudden turn for the worse and was fired and lost her license for documentation fraud, unprofessional conduct and no telling what else. BTW, she had >20 years experience as a nurse!

I had a nurse once who charted ahead of the time (charted at beginning of shift but indicated the times were later in the shift). She got caught when a patient had a sudden turn for the worse and was fired and lost her license for documentation fraud, unprofessional conduct and no telling what else. BTW, she had >20 years experience as a nurse!

A PERFECT example of why newbie nurses should not feel intimidated by more senior nurses just because they've been there since the foundation had dried.

Sometimes I hear "hey, I've been doing this for 10--20--30 years..." when I know it's something they shouldn't be doing. As if repetition of bad practice for an extended period of time turns it into good practice...?

So when I see some new grad bashing on the boards, I like to remind that there ARE nurses with 25 years experience who are lousy. Just a matter of time before it catches you.

oslogirl

Has 12 years experience.

That is really sad.

At my previous workplace, my ADON (assistant director of nurses) used to forge my signature all the time. It's needless to say that I no longer am an employee of that particular facility.

All the time? Wow, sounds like it was one crazy job! Why did she do this? And when you learned of it, what did you do?

Makes me wonder what else she has been up to! It probably isn't the first "indiscretion" she has commited.

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