Girl impersonated registered nurse at Gander long-term care residence, says well being authority

Central Well being introduced Wednesday that a person who labored at Lakeside Houses in Gander…

Girl impersonated registered nurse at Gander long-term care residence, says well being authority
A sign on a brick wall says "Lakeside Homes," and a brick personal care home sits in the background.
Central Well being introduced Wednesday that a person who labored at Lakeside Houses in Gander impersonated a registered nurse. (Central Northeast Well being Basis)

Central Well being introduced Wednesday {that a} lady who labored at Lakeside Houses in Gander was pretending to be a registered nurse.

Lisa Driscoll, who the well being authority says was as soon as skilled as a sensible nurse however who doesn’t maintain a registered nursing licence, labored a complete of 25 shifts on the nursing residence between Aug. 19 and Nov. 7, 2022.

The well being authority says Driscoll used the license variety of an current registered nurse who had an identical identify.

Central Well being says it really works carefully with staffing businesses which are liable for vetting and verifying the credentials of journey nurses. It says Options Staffing Inc. verified Driscoll’s licence “in error.”

CBC Information has reached out to Options Staffing Inc. to request an interview, however has not heard again as of publishing time.

The well being authority stated it has carried out a assessment throughout the time Driscoll labored at Lakeside Houses, and stated there have been no reported unfavourable impacts to the residents in care on the facility. Nevertheless, Central Well being stated there have been two reported issues along with her efficiency unrelated to resident care.

“Within the coming days, we can be reaching out on to the residents and households of these below her care on the time at Lakeside Houses to supply assurance that no reported hurt occurred,” stated Central Well being within the assertion.

Driscoll was recognized in Ontario

CBC Information decided that Lisa Driscoll’s identify was beforehand flagged by the Faculty of Nurses of Ontario as an “unregistered practitioner.”

A publicly out there record of unregistered practitioners on the school’s web site has Driscoll’s identify listed as, “Strickland, Lisa a.okay.a Lisa Driscoll, aka Michelle Driscoll (Newfoundland).”

In line with an web archive search carried out by CBC Information, Driscoll’s identify has been flagged on the Ontario faculty’s web site way back to June 29, earlier than she started working for Central Well being.

“Now and again, the Faculty of Nurses receives studies that people who are usually not nurses could also be looking for employment in nursing or holding themselves out as individuals certified to practise in Ontario as a nurse,” the school’s web site reads.

“Employers are strongly inspired to make use of [our website] to confirm the membership standing of each nurse they make use of instantly or by means of an company.”

A difficulty throughout Canada

The well being authority says it was notified about Driscoll, who was a journey nurse, on Dec. 14 by the Faculty of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, stated Joanne Pelley, the vice chairman of built-in well being and chief nursing govt at Central Well being.

Pelley says the well being authority is at the moment working with its authorized counsel to debate subsequent steps, and that it’s taking a look at safeguards to place in place to make sure related conditions do not happen. She says one safeguard contains doing a second assessment of the vetting and verification course of for any people working for the well being authority by means of an company system. 

Cases through which individuals impersonate well being care professionals have been reported throughout Canada.

Brigitte Cleroux, from the Ottawa space, was convicted — or accused — of pretending to be a nurse in Colorado, Ontario, Alberta and B.C. A whistleblower at an Ottawa medical clinic in 2021 filed a grievance towards Cleroux, who used the alias Melanie Smith, after Cleroux exhibited what she stated was unprofessional behaviour whereas working as a nurse on the clinic.

The whistleblower quickly found that Melanie Smith was in truth Cleroux, and that she wasn’t registered to practise in Ontario.

Christopher Energy, from Newfoundland and Labrador, was employed at a Bay Roberts retirement residence after faking nursing credentials. He was caught within the act of sexually assaulting an aged resident and was sentenced to 16 months for sexual assault in February of this 12 months, and also will serve two years’ probation.

Pelley says Central Well being is assured different journey nurses working with the well being authority have acceptable credentials.

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