Tuesday , May 18 2021

How a nurse falsified her until she was caught

OPINION: It is said that favors are infectious and one of the most beautiful things about Wellington is their courtesy on the roads. Without asking you, they let you in. You have no questions. No waiting. It's appealing.

Moreover, he seems to have been caught with medical qualifications. This week, it was discovered that a woman who worked for 23 years in the UK as a psychiatrist did this under a fake diploma at the University of Auckland.

But she was delighted to leave with the UK medical force without question. And perhaps she would have continued to enjoy her position as an impostor if she had not been discovered by a British reporter (not a medical guard) who smelled a big rat after the woman faked the will of an elderly woman in her attempt to inherit its property.

All that the reporter has taken to expose deeper issues was a few obvious phone calls back to the main sources in New Zealand, the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Medical Council. The "medical qualification certificate" indeed confirmed her graduation with a diploma in 1992.

* Fake Waikato Psychiatric Hospital to be deported
* Man plead guiltily that he used a fake medical certificate
* False gynecologist was jailed for parents who should have left
* A foreign doctor suspected of using false qualifications

It is encouraging that the UK and New Zealand Medical Councils ensure that the old relaxed and trusted system (which now requires urgent review of thousands of earlier registered doctors) was replaced in 2003 by a more rigorous approach.

Zholia Alemi has falsely affirmed that he has a medical degree when he came to the UK in the 1990s.


Zholia Alemi has falsely affirmed that he has a medical degree when he came to the UK in the 1990s.


But replacing old ones with new ones does not necessarily mean the end of false psychiatrists, doctors or even nurses. History is full of these stories, and false nurses, for example, are famous to escape deception, including frauds and forgeries.

Very recently, a premeditated nurse, who was already working at a hospital, moved to a nursing job after claiming to be a registered nurse and was not asked for evidence. Over the next four years, she continued to be a nurse in four different surgeries without verifying the authenticity of her credentials before moving on again.

Another overseas nurse, presenting as a nurse, had a number of healthcare accreditations listed on her LinkedIn page last year. His case is as serious as the fake NZ psychiatrist because, as a NP, he has prescribed rights, including for controlled substances.

It is a bit disgusting to see a growing number of cases documented by immigrants in such trustworthy health professions. Many have the power to diagnose patients and prescribe strong medications. The fake psychiatrist, as the British reporter has pointed out, could "detain patients against their will, in cases where this may be necessary, all taken in confidence."


Like many thought the psychological thriller Trust me it was simply fiction, it is scary near reality. For those of you who did not take it, a former nurse steals her boyfriend's identity, learns how to use a stethoscope, acquires some suturing skills from the web around the world, and manages to continue removing. It's worth seeing.

Then is the famous story of Levon Mkhitarian, who was a medical student, but has not finished his studies. He continued to work with 3363 patients in two years in seven NHS trusts in oncology, cardiology, transplant and surgical departments, as well as in A & E, managing to force documents as needed along the way.

A hospital nurse in the UK called Kevin O'Flanagan, who claimed to be an "orthopedic practitioner," invented complex job titles for his colleagues for more than eight years and earned money for almost 40 exchanges,.

An avid viewer Gray's anatomy, held a stethoscope in the wardrobe, wore surgical ashtrays around the house, wore them in camping and even in pajamas.

Strangely it kept a human hip joint like a coffee table, explaining that it belonged to a 90-year-old man and wanted to turn it into a doorbell. It was closed last year.

All of this is from avid reading.


"You can trick some people all the time, and all the people for a while, but you can not deceive all people all the time," said Abraham Lincoln.

But many at the same time succeed in deceiving and eventually eventually end up in the end, though many times after they have probably created subtle, undetectably subtle damage.

The way nurses and doctors are currently checking (or not checking) is clearly an important issue. These impostors get their jobs, teach the students and treat the patients. How were they hired first? A "nurse" I knew had landed at a permanent college post with a high payload. She eventually bombed when she had to really be a health care test six years later.

For our last impostor psychiatrist, his future seems now quite bleak. Like many before her and no doubt many who were to follow, she was given the courtesy of leaving behind a few questions. But it will probably be long before she quits.

– Doctor of New Zealand

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