Boswell deletes claims of being nurse; calls students ‘Tide Pod eaters’

By on March 21, 2018

Rep. Beverly Boswell of Kill Devil Hills dropped mention of being a registered nurse on her campaign website and Facebook page this week at the instruction of the N.C. Board of Nurses.

This comes after Boswell asserted last week on the same Facebook page that a central North Carolina charter school forced students to participate in a classroom walkout to protest gun violence, calling the students “Tide Pod eaters.”

Following up on a tip from a private citizen, the N.C. Board of Nursing instructed Boswell on March 8 to make the changes.


She has since corrected her title to medical assistant and phlebotomist, which has been included in a brief bio at at the end of press releases sent to the media since the campaign began this winter.

An email from a staff member at the nursing board was shared with the Outer Banks Voice, detailing their actions:

Our records at the N.C. Board of Nursing did not list her as having ever been a nurse in North Carolina.

I spoke with the Representative and she said she never held herself out as being a nurse. She said she would correct her on-line material immediately. Her election material was corrected the very next day.

Today, I was informed her Facebook page had not been changed so I left a message at her office to please correct that page as well.


“Rep. Boswell is not a licensed nurse nor has she ever been a licensed nurse,” board spokesman David Kalbacker said in an email, according to a report by The News and Observer.

Her campaign materials and webpage, and even those introducing her at events dating to the 2016 campaign had either repeated or made similar statements that, until Tuesday, were on her Facebook page bio.

“Working her way up from struggling single mother to registered nurse and Dare County Commissioner, Beverly rejects the liberal notions of victim-hood and government dependency.”


And at a recent event in Pamlico County, which is included in the Sixth House District starting this election, several in attendance said Rep. Michael Speciale, R-New Bern, used the same line during his introduction of Boswell.

Boswell’s Facebook bio prior to its editing Tuesday.

According to The News and Observer’s story Wednesday, the misidentification is an issue for the board because the nursing profession is regulated by the state government.

Those hoping to become a registered nurse in North Carolina must attain an associate degree in the field — usually a two-year process — then pass a test to acquire a nursing license, the newspaper said.

Phlebotomists, meanwhile, aren’t required to obtain a license in North Carolina and the practice is far less regulated. However, many employers require phlebotomists to obtain certification through a national professional organization.

In an interview with The News & Observer Tuesday afternoon, Boswell said she was unaware of the mistake until contacted by the nursing board. She said the registered nurse job title was included online because a campaign volunteer misunderstood her job.

“Anytime you put on a uniform and go in a doctor’s office people assume you’re a nurse or doctor and you have to correct and correct and correct,” Boswell said. She called the misidentification a “non-story” and “non-issue.”

Boswell said she removed the job description from her campaign website after the board contacted her last week. Asked why she didn’t change her Facebook page until Tuesday, Boswell said “it fell through the cracks.”

“So the students that were eating Tide Pods last week run your school this week?”

Last Thursday, Boswell shared a link from a blog on her official campaign Facebook page that claimed a student at Roxboro Commmunity School in Person County, a middle and high school with around 720 students north of Durham, was told they had to attend an assembly on Wednesday.

The school’s managing executive director, Dave Ebert, said in an interview with the News and Observer published Monday the assembly was set up to avoid classroom disruptions after students across the country planned to walk out on the one-month anniversary of a shooting that left 17 dead at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Boswell posted Friday morning what she said was a readout of her phone call to Ebert:

Me: Mr. Ebert, I saw a story that says your school forced students to participate in the walk out. I hope that this story is not true.

Mr. Ebert: We didn’t walk out. We had an assembly in the gym. If the student didn’t want to participate, all he had to do was tell his teacher. We had special bleachers for those that didn’t want to participate.

Me: When I was in school, a student would get in trouble for walking out of class.

Mr. Ebert: I heard that the students were planning a walk out so I decided to have the event in the gym.

Me: So the students that were eating Tide Pods last week run your school this week?

Mr. Ebert: No.
I then proceeded to ask if the students were to walk out to protect the Second Amendment or to protect/support life, would the school be supportive!?!
Mr. Ebert said that he has not heard of any of these rumors.
My Opinion: The students ARE in charge of this school. This school will not support conservative values.
This was a wonderful teaching moment. The school could have said:
1). Tell me the Gun Laws in NC
2). What gun laws are unfair or which ones would you like to see changed?
3). Write your Legislators.
4). Invite your Legislators.
5). In the real Adult world, you can’t walk out of your school or job. If you choose to do so, there will be consequences..
6). You should always stand up for your beliefs.

The Tide Pod reference comes from a social media phenomena earlier this year of young people eating, or appearing to eat, the laundry detergent tablets that led to several deaths and injuries.

Ebert confirmed Monday that the phone call took place, and noted students who did not want to participate were given the option to sit in the bleachers.

He said the assembly lasted long enough for the names of those who died in Parkland to be read, and hold a moment of silence, and that it took longer for students to get in-and-out of the gym.

“There was nothing political about it,” Ebert told the N&O, adding he held the assembly in part because the school “didn’t want political statements” during a walkout, if students were to have one.

Dare County and other school systems in and surrounding Boswell’s district held similar events to that of Roxboro Community School, which is 170 miles from her hometown, but nothing was posted about those events.

Boswell’s Facebook page has several links to pictures and video supporting a counter-movement that took place on March 14, promoting “Walk Up Not Out” efforts.

After The News and Observer story broke Tuesday, Boswell’s page posted a link to another blog that praised her for the comments, with her page emphasizing “…some of Boswell’s male colleagues could borrow some cojones from her” above the link that was shared.


  • lisa

    Thank you for this story. Her true character needs to be shown and lying that she is a registered nurse when she is not, is despicable. Not to mention the reference to children as tide pod eaters. I will be so happy when she is not reelected. She is her own special form of crazy.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 5:29 pm
  • lisa

    Maybe you should do a story on all the people that she has blocked on her business facebook page simply for asking questions.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 5:29 pm
  • dave

    So she’s barely a lab tech. She looks like someone who would sing: “The wheels are coming off the crazy train”.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 5:42 pm
  • Judy

    As an RN, I am appalled at her fraudulent claim to be a Registered Nurse. She has neither the education or experience to make such a claim and should be ashamed. If she did not know then she clearly is inattentive to her own business and is not engaged in oversight of her campaign.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 6:27 pm
  • OBX Resident

    I foretell the story of Representative Boswell,
    Not is all well with you Boswell,
    With a fake nursing degree that she tried to oversell,
    with this bombshell the voters say farewell,
    For it is you, Boswell, who makes decisions as dumb as a dumb-bell,
    Who does not want to protect the cockleshells from the oil wells,
    You are as strange as the aliens from Roswell,
    Outer Bankers and you do not jell,
    Now, in a nutshell, please tell, tell,
    in the future, Boswell, it is you eating the Tide-Pods in a bad kharma cell,
    when disrespecting teachers, one often goes to hell,
    Now as the voters elect Tess Judge we bid you farewell
    This is the fate that befell Boswell.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 6:58 pm
  • Carter McKay

    Lisa while I am no fan of Representative Boswell, I must ask if you have been in orbit?

    Obviously you are uninformed of the epidemic sweeping this country involving kids eating Tide Laundry Pods for recreation. If you’re this ignorant of what’s going on in our community, state and nation we can only hope your children have a guardian that is aware of what’s going on in the world around them!

    We wonder why some kids have such challenges in life! We need not look any further than the parents.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 7:39 pm
  • Dave Hall

    Typical liberal bias toward local republicans

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 9:03 pm
  • Dennis

    Omg what a nonsense story. #fakenews

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 9:05 pm
  • runnerguy45

    Stick a fork in her, she is done. No credibility left at all.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 9:41 pm
  • Gregg

    Carter: the tide pod “epidemic” was made up by teenagers to dupe gullible old people who read facebook all day and believe everything they see there.

    The actual data from poison control centers says about 50 (admittedly very stupid) teenagers intentionally ingested tide pods in 2017 compared to the over 10,000 kids under 5 who accidentally ingested them last year.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 9:52 pm
  • Beth Putonen

    I wish I was a resident just so I could refuse to vote for her.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 10:20 pm
  • stephen

    Ms Boswell’s misrepresentation about her credentials is yet another reason why she should not be re-elected.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 10:34 pm
  • Really?

    I think Gregg has been eating Tide Pods also. From the American Association of Poison Control Center reported “39 cases of teens being exposed to the detergent in Tide Pods in 2016 and 53 in 2017. However the agency had reported there have been 86 cases from Jan.1 to Jan. 21 2018 alone of teenagers eating the pods.”
    39+53+86=178 idiotic teenagers. ep.i.dem.ic adjective: of, relating to, or the nature of an epidemic. synonyms: rife ,rampant, widespread, wide ranging. Sound like Carter nailed it, the only gullible people are ones like yourself in denial.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 11:50 pm
  • Really?

    Also think its totally wrong for Bev Boswell to misrepresent herself.

    Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 11:52 pm
  • James

    So glad I didn’t vote for her!

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 12:47 am
  • Carter McKay

    Gregg, I hope you’re not a father!

    If you can dismiss 50 children as insignificant then we too can only hope Dare County Social Services is monitoring your kids for the sake of their safety. God forbid they might be sacrificial tokens as well!

    As I said, we wonder why so many children have challenging lives in this country. Well the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 6:14 am
  • Sans

    All the Boswell haters should be tickled pink, she made the front-page of Fox News online.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 6:15 am
  • Sean

    I hope she’s saved a lot of lives. I’m a astronaut and have been to mars. She was with me…… it’s all about trust. I think all politicans are lying

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 6:23 am
  • Czarina

    It is amazing the people who will defend a liar and verbal abuser. THEY are today’s problem!

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 6:29 am
  • Paul Schain

    Have lived. In this wonderful community for almost 40 ye
    Years . Have always found the Outer Banks as being a
    most commpationast and “ understanding “ place to live .

    Very sad to see and hear voices such as MS Boswell ‘s .

    All I hope is that we use our voting rights and put Tess
    Judge in a leader ship role .

    Sure happy I didn’t vote for Representative Boswell .

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 7:33 am
  • surfboard

    Industrial strength liar…

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 8:00 am
  • dave

    Dave Hall: I guess in your conservatard mindset of “logic” that you’d be ok with someone posing as a doctor giving you treatment with no medical training background.
    Really…. I swear the Tide Pods you chew on are filled with red kool aid.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 8:11 am
  • Walter Scott

    Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 10:42 am
  • Ross Riley

    This article and The News & Observer article are several hundred words about a non-issue. Bev Boswell is a citizen politician running on a shoestring budget. She has volunteers help her any way she can. Volunteers make mistakes. Her press releases in Gen. Assembly Website are correct and have been correct. She’s a single Mom that works as a Medical Assistant. When she’s not working at the clinic to pay her bills and help provide healthcare for our community, she’s driving to Raleigh to represent District 6. She doesn’t own a business or properties. Unlike the other two people, she has no vested interest to feather her bank account. This was a mistake made by a volunteer that really changes nothing in the scheme of things. Bev Boswell is a strong conservative woman with fiercely held morals and untiring need to work for the community whether it be the medical center or at the General Assembly. What we need to do is take a close look at who’s running for office and what their personal goals are.

    Those looking to make an issue out of this non-issue are using the politics of hate and personal destruction because they have no real issue to stand on. Bev Boswell is a wonderful, selfless person and we need her where ever she can serve us best.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 11:44 am
  • Lisa

    Carter McKay I am aware of the issues with tide pods but for Boswell to label all children as Tide Pod Eaters is ridiculous. I have 3 children who are very aware that tide pods are for washing clothes and not snacking on them. I don’t want a representative that disrespects the nursing field by elevating her status to an RN when she is a phlebotomist.

    I am not a liberal, used to lean Republican until the past several years. I don’t party but by what a person represents. People should be careful labeling others.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 2:39 pm
  • plastic fantastic

    Hey, aren’t those tide pods covered in plastic film? You’d think the blood sucking plastic bag lady would support that industry too in direct oposition to all the people that voted her into office. Remember, any vote other than Beverly Boswell is a vote against politicians selling us down the river, or sound for that matter.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 3:33 pm
  • Mare

    Really??? Your public information states you are an RN and you don’t notice? “It was a misunderstanding. Anyone in a uniform in a doctor’s office is a nurse or doctor. It fell through the cracks.” Get real!

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 3:35 pm
  • Alice Ann Hengesbach

    Two points: #1 I am a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and by law I am NOT allowed to identify myself professionally as anything other than a Certified Nursing Assistant. Otherwise I am engaging in fraudulent behavior. This is common knowledge! #2 As I read the article I was stunned by the number of excuses offered for this “error.” Ultimately YOU are responsible (or should be) for all that goes out under your name. This lack of attention to important detail is what makes Boswell as very poor public servant. NOTE: In good faith I voted for Boswell in the last election. I will not do so again.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 4:09 pm
  • Dave


    You do not help the cause by being a maniac. Boswell will not be re-elected. It’s not a partisan issue. It’s a local issue.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 6:36 pm
  • Gregg

    Really: the AAPC data also says 1,200 calls have been made so far this year for kids under 5 eating tide pods. Now which one do you think qualifies as an “epidemic”, and why do you willingly ignore the much larger issue of young kids ingesting them?

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 10:26 pm
  • A real Registered Nurse

    Boswell can offer as many excuses as she wants- ultimately, she is responsible for her campaign and must take responsibility. Real leaders don’t pass the buck.

    Adding to this that I also think she is full of it. Search her personal Facebook page followed by the word nurse and she has numerous conversations with her patients as statuses… including, ‘patient says to nurse’, inferring that she is the nurse in the conversation.

    Also- to have another representative introduce you at an event as a registered nurse and not correct it immediately? Unacceptable. This was not a mistake or an oversight. This was a fraud.

    Thursday, Mar 22 @ 11:54 pm
  • seriously

    OK. Two problems with those defending Mrs. Boswell in this “fake news” scenario.
    1) @Ross Riley and others. It is perfectly plausible that Mrs. Boswell did not understand any of her published material referred to her as an RN. She is following the direction to not read the written word of the national leader of the GOP. That said, is she also hard of hearing? As the article states, those introducing her at campaign events since 2016 have utilized the same quote of “working her way up…registered nurse…” This woman has been selling a lie and has been caught.

    2)@Gregg and others in response to your Tide Pod “epidemic.” It is apparent to me that you do not understand the term epidemic. You referenced a stat about kids under 5…let’s be adults here. Tide Pods are colorful and soft and squishy. Kind of like a gummy candy. A 3-year old who picks one up will put it in his/her mouth probably 99.9% of the time. I can guarantee you it is not because they were surfing social media and decided the Tide Pod Challenge looked like fun. Kids under 5 are just that. They stick stuff in their mouths.

    Now to the more important understanding of “epidemic” and kids that actually have the facilities to make a coherent decision (10-29 year olds.) The very same AAPC that you mentioned also published that in 2016, 39 kids popped a pod. In 2017, 53. Finally, so far in 2018, 86 popped pods. So in three years 178 kids out of 41,731,233 kids between 10-19 in the US have gotten sick from this challenge. The reason I bring this up is in three years, 0.00000427% of the US population of kids between 10 and 19 have eaten a tide pod. My friends, that percentage of total population does not represent and epidemic. A little google digging will show that you would need between .00015% and 7% annually to reach epidemic proportions. So that would require about 7,000 more kids at a minimum to even begin the conversation of an epidemic. I would be willing to bet that every year the same amount of stupid kids go to the emergency room from thinking it was a good idea to wedge and launch a bottle rocket from between their arse cheeks. You just can’t fix stupid. But certainly not an epidemic..unless your argument is stupid in 2018 is the epidemic. Then I would agree with you. There is too much stupid in our country right now.

    So…Mrs. Boswell knowingly did not correct people introducing her as a RN at public events which negates her line of defense. She lied and got busted. Secondly, please validate future arguments with just a little bit of reasoning. It makes the whole of society just that much better.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 12:17 am
  • Lisa

    As a radiologic technologist, I am often referred to as a nurse by patients, despite introducing myself and stating my role to every patient I meet. It is important that people understand the qualifications of those delivering their care, and we have an ethical obligation to correct misunderstanding when they occur. We all understand that for us, misrepresenting our qualifications has serious repercussions, up to and including sanctions by our national certifying body. It could result in loss of our career, and when done willfully, it should. Perhaps Ms. Boswell should be held to the same standard as the profession she fraudulently claimed to have.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 6:35 am
  • Buxton Resident

    I guess this explains why twice Representative Boswell has not returned my calls, “she is a working single mom” . Come on republicans give her some help. Any politician looking for my vote won’t get it if they are pro plastic bags and offshore oil drilling, period.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 7:28 am
  • dave

    @Dave. I’m not being a maniac by any means. Show me where I was factually wrong and show me your crystal ball guaranteeing that she wont be re-elected. Many shall we say; uninformed people out there. And for your info, partisan occurs at the local level too.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 7:59 am
  • Floyd

    Dave Hall: I guess in your conservatard mindset of “logic” that you’d be ok with someone posing as a doctor giving you treatment with no medical training background.
    Really…. I swear the Tide Pods you chew on are filled with red kool aid.

    That’s how not to bring people to cause.

    The bag and offshore drilling issues are opposed from both sides. It’s local not partisan.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 10:59 am
  • Paul

    This story demonstrates the sorry state of elected officials. Most lack integrity, any ability for critical thinking, and independence from party rhetoric. For a so called adult to resort to name calling because someone disagrees with your stance is just unbelievable.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 12:37 pm
  • Mike Gaskill

    @ samwalker. Could you please explain why this news outlet deletes any viewpoint or comment that doesn’t fit the opinion of the author? Just curious. The last time I checked, Dare County was majority conservative. Why alienate the majority of readers with censorship of opinions that differs from OBX voice

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 4:59 pm
  • Rob Morris

    The last one I saw from you was in mid-February. I honestly don’t care one way on the other, as long as you don’t get into name-calling, libel, or information that is not verified.

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 9:14 pm
  • Colleen Shriver

    Ms. Boswell knows the difference that the designated RN means. If she isn’t monitoring what her staff is doing then that, in itself, is disturbing. (Proud sister of an RN)

    Friday, Mar 23 @ 9:07 pm
  • Fake news finder

    Fake News!!!! It is what is in this article. The gun grabbers are backed by foreign communist organisations run by Soros, Brock, Rothchild and others. The protest are paid for and not organic, complete astroturfing. Don’t let totalitarians take the 2nd that is why we have it. Don’t let your children be weaponized communist useful idiots. Read this post quick it will surly be deleted.

    Saturday, Mar 24 @ 9:26 am
  • Kit Hawker

    Boswell makes other politicians look good!

    Saturday, Mar 24 @ 10:26 am
  • Bob

    “So the students that were eating Tide Pods last week run your school this week?”

    And these children that you spit on
    As they try to change their worlds
    Are immune to your consultations
    They’re quite aware of what they’re going through

    She’s a schmuck

    Saturday, Mar 24 @ 1:37 pm
  • Joe Miller

    In the latest March 25th issue of the Coastland Times, Rep. Boswell responded to the controversy of the RN title. Ms. Boswell blames an “overeager campaign volunteer” and that she “has never introduced myself as a nurse”. She also says that “it seems that every little thing gets turned against her”. Boswell also denies that she was responsible for the plastic bag ban and that “her bag ban bill was never even heard in committee.”
    Apparently WE are all wrong about Ms. Boswell and it is OUR fault for not understanding her actions or appreciating several things SHE has done for us that have not been adequately by the press.
    She says: “I’m a female Trump” “Whatever I do is wrong.”

    Seems like the only things missing in this scenario is Ms. Boswell calling out the Fake News and that many, many citizens and opponents are engaged in a Witch Hunt. We should all be ashamed for picking on this wonderful fantastic woman and not completely believing her and giving her more credit for all she has done to the Outer Banks. WE can do that in November!!!

    Saturday, Mar 24 @ 7:15 pm
  • David

    This fake nurse had better be careful calling the youth ‘Tide Pod . They are fired up and will soon be the voters that vote this fade nurse out of office.

    Sunday, Mar 25 @ 12:19 pm
  • JD

    Beverlie Boswell for Dog House!

    Monday, Mar 26 @ 9:14 am
  • Roger Pfendler

    Trump has taught Boswell well. Claiming issues are non issues and sending up smokescreens to cloud mistruths and errors.

    Monday, Mar 26 @ 7:28 pm
  • RW

    She calls high school kids names and she whines and cries about people blasting her?
    The kids have more maturity than this wannabe and others who think like her.

    Thursday, Mar 29 @ 5:05 pm
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