August 12, 2009 | | Comments 2
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‘Nurse of the Year’ winner arrested for being fake nurse

In 2008, guests attended a fancy dinner honoring the Connecticut Nursing Association’s Nurse of the Year. The only problem was, the woman wasn’t a nurse at all.

This week, a bizarre news story broke after Betty Lichtenstein was charged with pretending to be a nurse. Following a patient complaint, investigators discovered Lichtenstein, who worked as a nurse in a Connecticut doctor’s office, had no nursing license. Lichtenstein is being charged with reckless endangerment and criminal impersonation. She had been dispensing medications and giving medical advice at the neurologist’s office where she worked.

According to the arrest warrant, she reportedly paid for the 2008 event out of her own money and prosecutor’s say the organization does not even exist. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

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  1. I don’t understand what she wanted to get out of this? It couldn’t be the money, if she paid for the ceremony herself… unless of course she was asking for charitable donations and what not. And if she had been practicing nursing for some time, why would the “hospital” she was working at NOT check her background? I MUST be missing important parts of this story. Seems to me that you can’t pretend to live the nursing lifestyle for that long before a real one finds you out.

  2. WOW! Erin is right, are health care orgs actually confirming credentials? I hope so!

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