A fake nurse who vaccinated patients, took blood samples and measured heart health was convicted and fined $ 3,000.
Belinda Elvel, also known as Belinda Raynor, took up the position of Certified Nurse at Sydney Medical Center in October 2020, although she was never registered under Australian law.
Ms. Elvel completed her unrelated work at the medical center when she was offered a job as a nurse.
She falsely informed the staff that it was registered in practice and worked 14 shifts between October 13 and December 7, 2020.
During this time, she bandaged patients, took blood samples, gave patients vaccines and vaccinations, did an electrocardiogram.
However, her facade was revoked when she was asked to provide evidence of her registration, and she offered a note with a fake number.
The registration number did not exist in the register of nurses, and Ms Elvel resigned in December 2020 after the Medical Center requested a copy of her registration certificate from the Council of Nurses and Midwives of Australia.
Despite this, she continued to insist that she be registered.
Ms. Elvel was charged with 16 counts of being registered in violation of national law.
She failed to appear in Windsor Local Court on March 24 and was convicted in her absence, and a magistrate issued a warrant for her arrest.
Ms. Elvel was arrested on April 5 and returned to court on Thursday for a fine, where she was fined $ 3,000 and ordered to pay $ 7,200 in court costs incurred by prosecutors, the Australian Health Regulators Agency.
Judge Leanne Robinson said Ms. Elvel’s actions were included in a “deliberate deception” and posed a “real risk to patients.”
Ms. Elvel’s difficult personal circumstances were taken into account in the sentence.
AHPRA Director General Martin Fletcher said he hoped the result sent a strong message that the false claim that he was a registered doctor had significant consequences.
“We want such behavior to be considered and we will act to protect the population,” he said.
Chair of the Australian Council of Nurses and Midwives Veronica Casey said the act betrayed public confidence in the profession.
“Such behavior is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.