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Someone forged my name and nursing credentials on a school physical immunization form. Should I take action?

Friday November 2, 2012
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Dear Nancy,

I was informed that someone forged my name and nursing credentials on a school physical immunization form. Should I take any kind of action?


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Rachel,

You did not indicate how you found out that someone forged your name and credentials on a physical immunization form, but this information is something you cannot ignore. How this happened is one concern — a second is how else this person is using your name and credentials. Third, the individual is misrepresenting herself, not only as you, but also as an RN. This has consequences under the state nurse practice act and other applicable laws.

There are many who need to be informed of this. The first, of course, is the school where the child goes to school. Since the information provided is most probably false (e.g., stating the student was immunized when he or she wasn't), this misinformation places the other students at risk.

Also, the board of nursing needs to be informed of this situation, so it can take action pursuant to its powers and authority. This is important to protect you, since your name and credentials are being used. You did not indicate if the person was also using your RN license number, but it is assumed this has fallen into this person's hands also.

It would be best for you to contact a nurse attorney or attorney in your state immediately in order to resolve this issue as soon as possible. The attorney can help you report the incident to the proper authorities in a manner that protects you.


Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.