Will my nursing license be at risk for working with unlicensed individuals claiming to be counselors and LSWs for children?

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I currently work as a nurse and work directly with unlicensed individuals who claim to be counselors and LSW's for children in an environment involving children. As soon as I learned about this I raised my concern to the licensing board, but I wanted to know, since it's probably going to take some time for them to investigate, will my license be affected if I continue working with them or should I quit this job?

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Specializes in Tele, ICU, Staff Development.

Dear Should I Quit,

I don't think your license can be impacted by your coworkers falsely representing themselves as long as you delegate responsibilities appropriately and work within the scope of your practice.

However, you need to decide if you want to continue working in a place with unethical practices.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired.

When the licensing board takes this case up and comes on the site......do you want to be there?  I wouldn't unless I were the person making the report and it appears that you are.  Hmmm.  I know I would stay to just see how this plays out.  But, seriously, if they are mis-labeling themselves, I'm sure there are other lapses of decent conduct lurking in the background like Medicare and Medicaid fraud.  For me, I would get out now and you can read about it in the paper while you are somewhere else.