Recently, an L.P.N. in Indiana decided to access the license of an R.N. to get a better job for herself. Holly Whyde had been working as the director of nursing at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabillitation in Columbus, Indiana for over a year. She had stolen the nursing license number of Holly Aumick, a registered nurse.
Whyde went so far as to hack into the system of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to change Ms. Aumick’s license on line to her own address. She also obtained her nursing school transcript by saying Aumich was her maiden name.
Whyde was found out, pled guilty to the charges and is in prison. However, Whyde continues to have an active license
Most States require nurses seeking to renew their license or change their personal online data information to have a unique user name and password to gain access. However, in five States, only the license number and last 4 digits of the Social Security Number are needed to access a license account online.
If you are in one of those States where online access is easy and where someone can get the last four digits of your Social Security number and your license number, I strongly suggest that you contact the Board and ask the system to be changed or to speak with your State Nurses Association to see if they can help in getting this changed.
Your license is your livelihood! You want to be sure that you are the ONLY person who uses it.