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Nurse aide license not reinstated for convicted criminal

State board denies application of woman with extensive record of credit card fraud, theft

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- The state's nursing board has refused to reinstate the license of a Woodstock woman with an extensive criminal history.

Elizabeth Marie Robertson, 27, applied for reinstatement as a nurse aide on Oct. 20, according to online Board of Nursing records. She didn't attend a formal administrative hearing before a board panel on Jan. 23 in Henrico County, records say.

"Ms. Robertson has not demonstrated satisfactory evidence that she is prepared to resume practice in a safe and competent manner," the board's Feb. 9 order says.

Her certificate remains indefinitely suspended. Robertson is now living in Texas, according to the order.

The board granted her a nurse aide certificate in February 2008 on condition that she passed a board exam, despite her criminal record in Shenandoah County, board documents indicate.

The February 2008 order says Robertson's convictions included shoplifting, forgery, passing forged documents, credit card theft, credit card fraud, credit card forgery, eluding a police officer, obtaining by false pretense, writing a bad check and probation violations.

She was working at Consulate Healthcare in Woodstock, which was aware of her criminal past, when she applied for the certification, records indicate.

The order notes that Robertson was remorseful, had gotten professional help and was passionate about her health-care job.

Ten months after her certification was approved, it was suspended after she was again convicted of credit card charges in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, according to state board records. She was ordered to serve 21⁄2 years in prison on those charges.

In its most recent findings, the Board of Nursing cited Robertson's 16 felony convictions between 2003 and 2008, and her being fired from Dutch Haven Assisted Living on Nov. 3 after the facility found out she didn't disclose her criminal history.
Robertson may seek reinstatement of her certificate, the order says.

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