"Nurse" Worked For Four Years At Nursing Home With No Nursing Training

For four years, a woman worked as a nurse at a Meiers Corners nursing home, administering medicine and injections, treating patients' wounds and compiling progress reports.

The only problem was the woman is not a nurse and never received any nursing training or education, alleges the state attorney general's office.

Between June 2005 and last month, the 43-year-old woman allegedly duped officials at a nursing home and a nursing agency into believing she was a licensed nurse. She used the identity and license number of a licensed practical nurse with a similar name, court papers said.

The woman was arrested last month on felony charges of grand larceny, identity theft and unauthorized practice of a profession. During her four years at the nursing home, she tended to patients and logged their progress notes, contend investigators.

Her scheme unraveled Oct. 22 when authorities received a tip, said the attorney general's office.

When questioned by investigators, she allegedly said she "is not a nurse of any kind" and never received any nursing training.

In December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave the nursing home its lowest rating -- one star. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.