Woman who posed as nurse sentenced to probation

Samantha Rivera allegedly lied about being trained as a nurse to land a job at St. Alexus Hospital in South City. Credit: Lincoln Country Sheriff

A woman who posed as a nurse and treated patients at a south St. Louis hospital has been sentenced to probation.

The 36-year-old was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months of house arrest.

She will have to repay about $21,000 dollars to the staffing agency that placed her in the intensive care unit at St. Alexus hospital.

Samantha Rivera must also pay $28,000 to the New Mexico nursing school where she taught.

Investigators allege Rivera lied about her background to land an $80,000 a year job at Brown Mackie College in New Mexico in 2015. Rivera taught nursing at the college.

Court documents allege she then lied about having a nursing degree and nursing experience in order to land a job at St. Alexus Hospital in November 2016.

She worked at St. Alexus for three months and worked in the intensive care unit and psychiatric ward, which treats geriatric patients. Rivera had the responsibility of assessing patients and identifying changes in their conditions.

She also allegedly performed medical treatments and administered medication including controlled substances.

St. Alexus Hospital declined to comment about Rivera to News 4.

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