The case of the psychic nurse – no charges yet filed

Stalled case leaves psychic nurse unemployed and in limbo | nurse, psychic, accused – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO.

More than a year after Colorado Springs and Memorial Hospital officials publicly accused a self-proclaimed psychic nurse of illegally accessing patient records, Lori Niell hasn’t been arrested or charged with any crime.

She proclaims her innocence but said that no one believes her because she’s never had the chance to defend herself in the legal system. She can’t get a nursing job because of the allegations and potential clients for her psychic business think she’s a fraud after reading media reports, she said.

Niell said they think she accessed the records to obtain personal information about patients and then used it to convince them she’s a psychic. She denies those claims and believes she was targeted because her intuitive abilities made her superiors uncomfortable around her. She admitted she accessed a few records for non-work reasons — such as to get phone numbers or addresses of friends or family members — but denies the wide-scale access she’s been accused of.

Tip: Matt Bille

Ah, hot reading by accessing personal information. Sneaky, unethical and illegal in this case. But, it is not fair that the accusers have not carried through and charged her with a crime. If they have the evidence, that needs to be done. We have a process that should be followed. It appears she has admitted to SOME wrong doing. If there is smoke…better check for fire.

  3 comments for “The case of the psychic nurse – no charges yet filed

  1. July 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Accessing medical records to get phone numbers is a HIPAA violation. It doesn’t matter if the patients were friends/family or not – accessing PHI for any reason other than continuity of care is illegal.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if her alleged powers are just a desperate excuse for her wrongdoing.

  2. Michael
    July 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I was in CO Springs when this happened and was in that hospital. I was shocked to receive a letter from the police there saying that my records “might have been accessed”. I called the police there and they were very nonchalant about it saying, “We will contact you if we find anything.” I wanted to know if my records HAD been accessed but they refused to say.

  3. Sids
    July 30, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Here’s an ethical dilemma: Would it make it any less unethical for her to access personal information of patients without their consent if she really could do it by reading their minds or some such. Wouldn’t it still be a violation, regardless of her means?

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