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B.C. nurse suspended for giving free meds with botox injections

Fatemeh Khoshkhou is seen in this undated Instagram photo.
Image Credit: INSTAGRAM/Fatemeh Khoshkhou

A B.C. nurse who calls herself a doctor on social media and poses with a stethoscope in a profile picture has been suspended for three days for giving botox injections.

Registered nurse Fatemeh Khoshkhou signed a consent agreement with the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives admitting to the misconduct.

According to an Aug. 8 B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives decision, Khoshkhou offered discounts and giveaways of prescription medicine and practiced outside the scope of a registered nurse by "administering dermal fillers and cosmetic botulinum toxin under the supervision of a dentist."

The decision said the incidents took place between November 2020 to March 2021.

The decision didn't say where Khoshkhou practiced but said she is a Burnaby nurse.

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According to her social media, Khoshkhou practices under the name Fatima Cosmetic Clinic and Fatima Cosmetic Vancouver.

Her profile picture shows her in a white coat and stethoscope and multiple pictures show what appears to be her working in a private clinic performing botox injections.

Along with her suspension from nursing for three days, Khoshkhou will also have to take remedial education on documentation, scope of practice, and professional standards.

On her LinkedIn profile, she referred to herself as Dr. Fatemeh Khoshkhou and said her Ph.D. was "evaluated and approved" by International Credential Evaluation Service at BCIT.

She said "according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, people who have the appropriate academic or education are eligible to use the title of 'doctor' in B.C."

That's not completely accurate.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. told iNFOnews.ca in an email there are a number of degrees and PhDs that allow people to refer to themselves as "doctor."

"However, those who don’t hold a licence with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. are not authorized to practise medicine in any capacity in British Columbia, including providing medical services or advice, or to use the title in a way that may mislead the public," the college said.

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