Thursday, September 26, 2002

Sheriff: Nursing license fake


Ex-worker at nursing home to appear in court

By Janice Morse, jmorse@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILFORD TWP. — A woman accused of falsifying her licensed practical nurse credentials to work at a nursing home is expected to have her initial court appearance in Oxford today.

        Virginia M. Day, 29, of West Alexandria, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday at Woodland Country Manor after investigators learned that “the credentials (she) supplied to her employer had been falsified,” the Butler County Sheriff's Office said.

        Ms. Day, who was being held in the Butler County Jail, is to appear today in Butler County Area I Court, Oxford, said Detective Monte Mayer, sheriff's spokesman.

        Ms. Day is charged with forgery and unlicensed practice of nursing. Both charges are fifth-degree felonies. Each carries a sentence of six to 12 months behind bars and a $2,500 fine upon conviction.

        Lori Auer, the nursing home's administrator, said in a statement that Ms. Day was responsible for caring for some residents during her five days of employment with Woodland Country Manor, but “she was, at all times, under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse.”

        Ms. Day had filled out a job application and “represented herself as being a licensed practical nurse,” Ms. Auer said.

        Suspicions arose after nursing home officials asked for a copy of her nursing license for their records.

        “When she presented what she claimed to be her nursing license, we had questions concerning its authenticity,” Ms. Auer said. A check with the Ohio Board of Nursing found “no nursing license had ever been issued to Virginia Day.” Ms. Day was a certified nursing assistant but not a licensed practical nurse as she had claimed, Ms. Auer said.

        The nursing home immediately fired Ms. Day, Ms. Auer said. Then, following the state board's advice, nursing home officials contacted the sheriff's office.

        Sheriff Harold “Don” Gabbard commended Woodland Country Manor for handling the situation appropriately.

        “Their prompt discovery of the problem and immediately calling us resulted in our ability to act swiftly,” he said.

       



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