You maybe "stunned" but I am actually scared and shocked. If the issues you brought forward do not convince the community of Greenville to take their healthcare elsewhere, maybe this information will.
It was brought to the attention of the ER "administration" that there is an employee working as a registered nurse without a valid RN MS license. This is a total disregard to the professional standards set forth by the state for patient safety. The potential risks involved in this sort of behavior is inconceivable.
So who is actually to blame for placing patients in harm's way; the person in charge of hiring or the "nurse"? My belief is that fault lies equally between them. If you think about it, anyone can say they are licensed to perform a job, but it is the responsibility of their employer to be diligent in confirming this information.
DRMC has demonstrated a lackadaisical attitude towards patient care and safety.
First with the ER physicians leaving and now with the impersonating of RNs, when will the madness stop? I too will be travelling farther distances for healthcare, especially next month when the only physicians left in the ER are not certified for the emergency department.
Shocked and scared
"Lackadaisical" is somewhat mild in describing DRMC's attitude toward patient care and safety. Now that they are the only show in town, why should they care about quality. Ninety percent of the nursing staff is comprised of "travel nurses" who are only there for the big paychecks they command. Few have any concern about patient care or quality. In 8-12 weeks, they will move on to the next travel assignment and DRMC's revolving door will keep on spinning!
If there are unlicensed nurses working at DRMC, that is indeed a serious offense. Yes, it is the employer's obligation to verify all licenses prior to employment. It is also their job to ensure the competence of both nurses and physicians who work there, whether as employees or contract labor.
With the employee turnover rate at an all time high, and the continuing use of travel nurses, the normal dangers associated with any hospital stay are quadrupled at DRMC. Should we be scared? Yes, we should be very scared!