Sydney fake nurse convicted, fined $ 3,000

A fake nurse who worked in a medical center, injecting patients with vaccines and doing blood tests, has discovered her fate.

A fake nurse who injected patients with vaccines, took blood samples and measured heart health was convicted and fined $ 3,000.

Belinda Elwell, also known as Belinda Raynor, accepted a position as a registered nurse at a Sydney medical center in October 2020 despite never having been registered under Australian law.

Ms. Elwell had completed an unrelated internship at the medical center when she was offered the job as a nurse.

She falsely told staff that she was enrolled in the exercise and worked 14 shifts between October 13 and December 7, 2020.

During that time, she took care of the patients’ medications, took blood samples, injected patients with vaccines and immunizations, and performed electrocardiograms.

However, her facade was ruined when she was asked to provide proof of her registration and offered a sticky note with a fake number.

The registration number did not exist on the register of nurses, and Ms. Elwell resigned in December 2020 after the medical center asked for a copy of her registration certificate from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Even so, he continued to insist that it be registered.

Ms Elwell was charged with 16 counts of pleading in violation of national law.

She did not appear before the Windsor local court on March 24 and was sentenced in her absence, with the magistrate issuing an arrest warrant.

Ms. Elwell was then arrested on April 5 and sent back to court for sentencing on Thursday, where she was fined $ 3,000 and ordered to pay $ 7,200 in legal fees incurred by the prosecuting agency, Australian Health. Practitioner Regulation Agency.

The magistrate said Ms. Elwell’s actions involved “deliberate deception” and posed a “real risk to patients”.

Ms Elwell’s difficult personal circumstances were taken into account in the judgment.

AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher said he hoped the result sent a strong message that falsely claiming to be a registered healthcare professional had significant consequences.

“We are committed to ensuring that such behavior is addressed and we will take action to protect the public,” he said.

Veronica Casey, chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, said the act betrayed public confidence in the profession.

“This type of conduct is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Originally published as Fake Sydney nurse who injected vaccines into convicted, fined patients