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A Florida woman was arrested on charges of fraud after police said she worked as a nurse in an arthritis clinic without a license. The woman had worked at the clinic for more than a year and had been administering flu vaccinations and other medications.
The Doctors question how the fraud happened, saying the credentialing process at most medical facilities is very rigorous.
“I’m surprised this slipped through the cracks,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Family physician Dr. Rachael Ross says the most alarming part of the report is that “nurses keep people alive.”
“In many cases, you could argue, that it’s more important to have a good nurse than a good doctor,” Dr. Travis says. “Nurses are the ones making some of these split-second decisions … making sure patients are getting the right things that they need.”
Nurses often are responsible for recording patients' medical histories, coordinating patient care, educating patients about health conditions and treatment, administering medication, operating medical equipment and performing tests and analyzing results.
Registered nurses must graduate from an approved program, pass a national license exam and meet additional requirements depending on the state where they are practicing.
To determine whether a nurse is properly licensed, contact your state Board of Registered Nursing. You can find out how to contact your state board at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.