Case of alleged Glenwood Springs nurse imposter set for December court hearing
After being arrested on July 14 in Knox, Texas, on a Glenwood Springs Police Department warrant, a 39-year-old woman accused of acting as an imposter nurse appeared in 9th Judicial District Court recently, where she was advised of the charges against her.
According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, “documents do show that Heather worked at Glenwood Springs Health Care (2305 Blake Avenue) from approximately November 21, 2016 until her termination on October 26, 2017. It also shows that DORA’s investigation noted that Heather was never licensed in Colorado or any other state as a nurse and has never even received a nursing degree.”
According to the affidavit, Wood was originally hired as an ALS administrator in the building directly behind the nursing home, which until earlier this year operated as an assisted living facility.
The affidavit further details that Wood represented verbally that she was a licensed nurse and, because of short staffing, also mentioned that she wanted to work for Glenwood Springs Health Care as a nurse.
“Since they were short staffed she told them she wanted to work her normal job and then fill in nurse shifts on nights and weekends and just wanted to be paid in a ‘bonus,’” the affidavit states. “Her actions and experience level led most other co-workers to believe that she was, in fact, licensed, even though she was not.”
The affidavit goes on to allege, “Eventually the nurse manager position became available, and the administrators wanted Heather to take the position, and she did.”
“After that, Glenwood Springs Health Care conducted an on-site license audit. They realized that they did not have a copy of Heather’s Registered Nursing License and asked her to provide it.”
The affidavit stated that Wood could not produce proof, and then left and never returned.
Wood’s next arraignment hearing will take place on Dec. 13.
According to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the defendant requested permission to leave the state and reside in Texas. The court granted that request, and modified the defendant’s bond to a $5,000 PR bond.
Wood faces charges of criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony, unlicensed practicing nurse, a class 2 misdemeanor, and unlawful distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, a class 3 drug felony.
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