Background Checks Include Professional Licensing
Maybe this doctor’s office didn’t conduct background checks before, but they are likely to do so now.
A woman working as a Registered Nurse in a Connecticut doctor’s office was sentenced to serve nine months in prison for practicing without a license. The doctor himself filed a complaint with the State Health Department in 2009 that the faux nurse acted unprofessionally. The ensuing investigation determined that the woman had never been licensed as a nurse.
While employed by the physician, the woman “injected patients with medicine, wrote prescriptions, and gave medical advice to patients”.
In 2008, the woman received a “Nurse of the Year” award from the “Connecticut Nursing Association.” As it turns out, the organization doesn’t exist and the woman paid over $2000 from her own pocket to stage the dinner.
The award was one of the reasons the doctor’s office believed the woman was legitimate.
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On a side note, how many of the doctor’s patients have now consulted attorneys to see if they might have a claim for damages. This is another case that plaintiffs are going to claim that the doctor’s office “knew or should have known” that the woman was unqualified based on background checks conducted on all employees… or were they?
Professional licenses, certifications, and credentials should be verified as part of every company’s policy on background checks. A small oversight can lead to large headaches.