State disciplines two in Medford for impersonating nurses

The state Board of Nursing has disciplined two Medford residents for impersonating nurses.

Nursing board investigators determined Sheri Dawn Engler, 50, presented herself as a "licensed psychiatric nurse with a history in clinical psychology" on her Web site and advertised her services as a psychiatric nurse on Craigslist. Investigators found Alonzo Mattison III, 40, used the nursing license number of a former spouse on an application to renew the license of his Joyful Living adult foster home in Medford. Mattison also used a license number for a nursing assistant's certificate he received in California on that same Oregon application, investigators said.

Engler agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and to cease using any title, abbreviation, card or device that would indicate she is licensed to practice nursing in Oregon.

Engler, who is now a psychic medium, said she worked as a psychiatric technician 17 years ago in California, but didn't become licensed in Oregon. She said she did not intend to portray herself as a nurse on her Web site or Craigslist.

She said she agreed to pay the $1,000 fine to close the matter, rather than hire a lawyer to fight the charges and face a fine of $5,000.

The nursing board ordered Mattison to pay a $5,000 fine, and he has been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with practicing nursing without a license, a class B misdemeanor. Court records show he pleaded not guilty on June 16. A trial date has not been set.

Efforts to reach Mattison were unsuccessful. He has 60 days from issuance of the order on July 16 to request reconsideration of the fine.

Public records show investigators determined that Mattison had presented himself as a registered nurse in correspondence with state Senior Services officials who regulate adult foster homes. Investigators also determined he had never been licensed as a practical nurse or registered nurse or nursing assistant in Oregon, and that he does not possess a degree, diploma or any other certificate of completion from a nursing education program.

— Bill Kettler

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