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[ATG] Board votes to suspend nurse who faked terminal illness
Start Date: 5/17/2013 All Day
End Date: 5/17/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Nursing voted Thursday to indefinitely suspend a registered nurse for at least one year after she faked having terminal brain cancer to friends and former college administrators.

On Feb. 5, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed a licensing complaint against Chanda Thie. From about 2007 to 2011, Thie misled her friends into believing she had a type of cancerous brain tumor called glioblastoma.

In 2007, Thie perpetuated the false medical condition on professors, administrators and classmates while attending Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond. After graduation, a professor created a scholarship for other students in her name. According to the filing, friends also assisted her with various activities over the next few years including pushing her in a wheelchair, cleaning her home and helping her bathe.

“The unique facts in this case certainly triggered red flags and brought in to question Chanda Thie’s ability to safely and appropriately treat patients,” said Gabrielle Owens, Deputy Director of the Attorney General’s Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection. “Our office respects the board decision as it takes into account both her mental health and work history."

Last week, the Attorney General’s office reached an agreement with Thie where she admitted to the facts of the case – which negated the need for a full evidentiary hearing. The board voted to suspend Thie’s nursing license for one year, require quarterly reports from any employer and therapist, and require her to take continuing education courses. Thie will also have to pay a $250 fine and costs associated with the prosecution of the matter. 

According to the agreement, Thie worked in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis from 2008 to 2013. While employed as a registered nurse, Thie received “met or exceeded all expectations” on all of her annual employee evaluations.

According to the filing, Thie was hospitalized in December 2011 after she had overdosed on Benadryl which ultimately ousted her to her friends. Thie was then admitted to a stress center and began an intensive outpatient therapy program.

In January 2012, she was diagnosed with dysthymic disorder – a level of depression. Thie also admitted to the state that she had lied about having a brain tumor and had placed bandages on her chest to appear as though she had a port for long-term IV access.

According to the agreement, Thie’s therapist determined her cognitive skills are not impaired by her depression and that her depression does not make her unfit to practice nursing.  

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 31
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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