In news of the weird, an Atlanta woman has been charged with identity fraud and nursing without a license for impersonating a nurse at Peachtree Christian Hospice. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because that this the hospice that treated Bobbi Kristina Brown during the end stages of her medical condition that lead to her death.
According to the police report, Taiwo Sobamowo stole the nursing credentials of a nurse from Grady Hospital and was able to use someone else’s identity to obtain employment as a nurse. That scares the crap out of me. The CEO of the hospice said in a statement, “We had no reason to believe that she was anything other than a good nurse with proper credentials. As soon as the credentialing discrepancy was discovered by one of our employees, we immediately took action and notified the appropriate authorities.”
Even more frightening, this isn’t even the first time she has been arrested for impersonating a nurse. She did the same thing in Washington D.C. two years ago. Basically, it looks like she might have gotten some sort of a slap on the wrist and DC put out a warning in a nursing journal with her picture alerting them that she applies for nursing jobs under the identity of an actual nurse. It looks like she just moves when she is caught.
After getting busted in Atlanta she took off to North Carolina where she was arrested. She has since been transferred to a jail in Forsyth County were she was charged with felony first-degree forgery, felony identity fraud and misdemeanor practicing nursing without a license. Her arraignment is tomorrow.
So wait, practicing nursing without a license is misdemeanor? Clearly, this woman has a history of this type of crime. And historically, nothing happens to her that in any way keeps her from doing it again.
And the scariest thing is that the only reason we are hearing about this, and I am sharing it is because it was considered a “high-profile” case according to the police in North Carolina. I don’t even know how you would guard yourself against this but clearly there needs to be some sort of system in place within nursing agencies to prevent this. When I taught in the public schools, we had to pay for a criminal background check and get fingerprinted before stepping foot into a classroom. Perhaps that is a start?
I’m the person who checks every IV bag and pill that comes into the hospital room of loved ones I care for. This just reinforces that behavior for me.