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} girl 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 present registered nurse who had an identical title.

Central Well being says it really works carefully with staffing companies which might be 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 overview through the time Driscoll labored at Lakeside Houses, and stated there have been no reported damaging 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 will likely be reaching out on to the residents and households of these beneath her care on the time at Lakeside Houses to offer assurance that no reported hurt occurred,” stated Central Well being within the assertion.

Driscoll was identified in Ontario

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

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

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

“Occasionally, the School of Nurses receives stories that people who are usually not nurses could also be in search of 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 immediately or by an company.”

A problem throughout Canada

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

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

Situations during which folks 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 criticism 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 the truth is 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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