HAVERHILL, Mass. (WHDH) -
A school nurse in Haverhill appeared in court Friday after a review of her credentials revealed she did not have a nursing license.
Prosecutors said that Lisa Bilodeau, 38, lied about her nursing credential to keep her job at a Haverhill middle school.
Brian Todd has a 12-year-old son, Logan, who suffers from epilepsy and can’t communicate. The family said Bilodeau acted as only nurse in the classroom.
“I believe that Logan at points could have been in danger because of the fact that she was not a registered nurse and the fact that he does take several seizures a day. When you put him on the bus in the morning, as a mother or father, you trust that they are going into the hands of a professional care taker,” Todd said.
Bilodeau's husband said she did it because they needed the money.
“They told her she was going to get fired, I had just stopped working, I was going back to school, we had no income,” John Bilodeau said.
Defense attorneys said Bilodeau never lied about being a registered nurse and is, in fact, a certified nurse’s assistant and was unaware she was misleading the school. The school has reportedly hired a new nurse.
She was released on $5,000 bail and will be back in court May 2.