Teen Impersonates Doctor in a Real Hospital for Weeks & No One Notices

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Matthew ScheidtWhen Matthew Scheidt went to get a badge for his job as a clerk at a doctor's office and ended up with credentials for a physician's assistant, the 17-year-old had a choice. He could 'fess up or impersonate a health care worker. Unfortunately for the patients at a Florida hospital, the teen chose the path that's sending him to jail for a year

As if there weren't enough reasons to hate hospitals? Now we have teenagers masquerading as physician's assistants running around? And no one notices?

Scheidt apparently fancies himself quite the actor. Cops say they also caught him impersonating a police officer (that case still has to go through the courts). A year in jail and eight years probation sound about right for this guy. He sounds like a real threat to society.

But can we talk about the hospital for a second?

While he impersonated a physician's assistant, the teenager apparently was changing bandages, handling IVs, and conducting exams. For weeks!

He even did CPR on an overdose patient. These are all things that should have shown his co-workers how inept he was, and all could have put people's lives in serious danger. And no one stepped in over several weeks of this?

I would like to think that when I go into a hospital, everyone there cares about patient care. That means not only do they try their best to be good at their own jobs, but they are also highly aware of what their co-workers are doing.

It's the one place I'm completely cool with tattling on your co-worker. We aren't talking about too many personal calls on the company's dime here. We're talking about lives at stake!

I blame Matthew for making the wrong decision. But we need to address the fact that he shouldn't have been able to make it.

What do you think should be done to the hospital? Should they be sanctioned as well?

 

Image via Osceola County Sheriff's Office

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dilat... dilateyourmind

Can we just get a like button for the comments please? Or one that say agree with this! YES more details. Would like ot hear if he did things correctly or messed things up.

Mollie K Schakel

I live in Iowa and I had my CPR training when in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, MUCH younger then this kid so I really don't see what the big hoo haw is all about. Yeah, he shouldn't have done it but that doesn't make him totally incompetant.

birth... birthymom4

I have NO medical training, yet I know how to do CPR and can start an IV. Plus I can not count how many nurses have stuck me 4-5 times to start an IV, and I have GREAT veins!

MomLi... MomLily67

I agree it wasn't right and luckily no one ended up hurt by this stunt. I also think that he should be punished, but, he could have a real talent.. needs a lot of counseling, guidance, therapy  and education.

MomLi... MomLily67

AND the stupid hospital staff needs to be evaluated.

Shaun Behrens

Yes he is to blame for his actions, but the hospital must take some responsibility for making a mistake that could have endangered the lives of patients, there is no telling what he did that they did not catch. I see lawsuits in the near future, and I hope that the hospital has to pay every penny.

Marcia Ricker

Doesn't sound like the Hospital checked his credentials. Also, I'd like to think his punishment would not be jail, but therapy, and to work in the hospital as a trained candystriper for a year. Under strict supervision of course.

Colette Kelly

yes the hospital should be held part to blaim i mean there the one that gave him the badge after all and 17 and some of you dont think a year is enough that young man knew he shoulda said something and that he was in the wrong for not saying anything a year is fine

sassy... sassysuie

That's terrifying.

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