With No Training, Woman Worked as a Nurse for 20 Years

Fired employee used license number of someone with the same name
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2019 5:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – A woman who had no training or certification worked as a nurse for 20 years before being caught and fired, Quebec's Order of Nurses says. She worked in several different departments in a hospital in Jonquière, Quebec, including surgery, the CBC reports, using the license number of another accredited nurse with the same name who works in the same region. An employee of the regional health board became suspicious when the woman tried signing up for a training course earlier this spring. The licence number she was using showed a different place of employment than the Jonquière hospital.

"We're talking about producing fake documents, so the person was able to bypass our verification process," said a spokesperson for the health board. The spokesperson knew of no issues or accidents caused by the woman when working as a nurse, but said nurse's order is investigating. (Read more faked resumes stories.)

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