The British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is warning healthcare employers and the public that a woman named Charrybelle Talaue is claiming to be a registered nurse in B.C. when she is not and is a fake nurse.
Talaue may also be using the names Belle Talaue – Belle Marie – Charrybelle Baldesancho or Charie Talaue. She may also be trying to use the name of someone who is a registrant of the BCCNM, Yves Anglehart, or variations of the name, including Belle Yves Talaue Anglehart or Yves Belle Anglehart.
The BCCNM is reminding all healthcare employers that they can verify the registration status of new employees on its website under the nurse verification or midwife verification sections.
- 1 Talaue Is The Second High-Profile Person To Pose As a Nurse In B.C. In Recent Years
- 2 Implications of Fake Nurses
- 3 What To Do If You Encounter a Fake Nurse
- 4 What Are The Risks Of Being Treated By a Fake Nurse?
- 5 What Is BCCNM Doing To Address The Issue Of Pretend Nurses?
- 6 What Can The Public Do To Help Prevent Pretend Nurses From Practicing?
Talaue Is The Second High-Profile Person To Pose As a Nurse In B.C. In Recent Years
In August 2023, Brigitte Cleroux was charged with several fraud-related offenses after posing as a healthcare worker in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and in the U.S. In November 2020, she worked as a nurse in a private health clinic in View Royal for a period of three weeks.
Implications of Fake Nurses
Fake nurses pose a serious risk to the public, as they may not have the necessary skills or knowledge to provide safe and effective care. They may also be dishonest or deceitful, which could put patients at risk of financial or physical harm.
What To Do If You Encounter a Fake Nurse
If you encounter someone who claims to be a nurse but you are unsure of their registration status, you can ask them to provide their name and registration number. You can then verify their registration status on the BCCNM’s website.
If you have any concerns about a nurse’s behavior or practice, you can report them to the BCCNM.
- How to protect yourself from fake nurses
When seeking healthcare services, it is important to verify the credentials of the healthcare professionals who are providing care. You can do this by asking for their name and registration number and then verifying their registration status with the relevant professional regulatory body.
- What to do if you think you have been treated by a fake nurse
If you think you may have been treated by a fake nurse, it is important to report this to the relevant healthcare facility or professional regulatory body. You should also contact your doctor or other healthcare provider to discuss any concerns you have about your care.
- The importance of a well-regulated healthcare system
A well-regulated healthcare system helps to protect the public from fake nurses and other unqualified healthcare professionals. It is important to support and strengthen healthcare regulations to ensure that everyone has access to safe and effective care.
What Are The Risks Of Being Treated By a Fake Nurse?
The risks of being treated by a fake nurse are significant. Fake nurses may not have the necessary skills or knowledge to provide safe and effective care. They may also be dishonest or deceitful, which could put patients at risk of financial or physical harm.
Here are some specific examples of the risks of being treated by a fake nurse:
- Fake nurses may administer the wrong medication or treatment, which could have serious consequences for the patient.
- Fake nurses may fail to recognize or respond to signs and symptoms of serious medical conditions, which could delay diagnosis and treatment.
- Fake nurses may perform invasive procedures incorrectly, which could lead to pain, infection, or other complications.
- Fake nurses may steal from patients or their families.
- Fake nurses may commit sexual assault or other crimes against patients.
How can healthcare employers prevent fake nurses from being hired?
Healthcare employers can help to prevent fake nurses from being hired by taking the following steps:
- Verifying the registration status of all new employees with the relevant professional regulatory body.
- Checking references carefully and following up on any concerns.
- Conducting background checks on all new employees.
- Providing training on how to identify fake nurses to all staff members.
What Is BCCNM Doing To Address The Issue Of Pretend Nurses?
The BCCNM is taking a number of steps to address the issue of pretend nurses, including:
- Educating the public and healthcare employers about the risks of pretend nurses and how to identify them.
- Working with other professional regulatory bodies to share information and develop best practices for preventing pretend nurses from practicing.
- Investigating complaints of pretend nurses and taking disciplinary action against those who are found to be practicing illegally.
What Can The Public Do To Help Prevent Pretend Nurses From Practicing?
The public can help to prevent pretend nurses from practicing by being aware of the risks and taking steps to protect themselves. Here are some tips:
- Always ask healthcare professionals for their names and registration numbers.
- Verify the registration status of healthcare professionals with the relevant professional regulatory body.
- Be wary of healthcare professionals who offer services at a discounted price or who are reluctant to provide their credentials.
- Report any concerns about a healthcare professional to the relevant healthcare facility or professional regulatory body.
By taking these steps, the public can help to ensure that they receive safe and effective care from qualified healthcare professionals.