The Alabama Board of Nursing is among the state boards nationwide to have investigated nurses with credentials from one of the now-closed Florida nursing schools caught in an alleged massive federal fraud scheme. That scheme is rocking the nursing profession.
You need skilled license defense representation if you are an Alabama nurse practicing under suspect credentials from one of the involved Florida nursing schools. For premier defense services before the Alabama Board of Nursing and with your Alabama nursing employer or nursing school, call 888.535.3686 or go online now to retain the national Lento Law Firm's License Defense Team. Get the experienced representation you need to overcome your Alabama nursing license issues in the nursing school fraud scandal.
Criminal Fraud Charges in Florida Nursing School Scandal
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Florida filed federal criminal fraud charges against officials at these Florida schools, closed in the scandal's wake:
- Sacred Heart International Institute;
- Siena College;
- MedLife Institute West Palm Beach;
- Quisqueya Health Care Academy;
- Quisqueya School of Nursing called Sunshine Academy; and
- Palm Beach School of Nursing.
Federal FBI investigators used the HHS Operation Nightingale enforcement action to identify the more than two dozen school officials alleged to have sold fake credentials from the schools. The criminal charges allege that thousands of fake nursing credentials went to minority immigrants and other aspiring nurses around the country for nursing licensure, nursing jobs, and graduate nursing education.
Alabama Board of Nursing Investigation
A public report indicates that the Alabama Board of Nursing is actively addressing disciplinary proceedings involving one of the many nurses involved nationwide in the massive Florida nursing school scandal. A National Council of State Boards of Nursing press release discloses that other state licensing boards are also cooperating with Operation Nightingale enforcement actions. State boards have notified involved nurses to either prove the credibility of their suspect credentials or surrender their licenses. Nurses who refuse need to prepare for license disciplinary proceedings.
Alabama Board of Nursing Licensing Authority
Alabama's Nurse Practice Act created the Alabama Board of Nursing to enforce educational standards and other requirements for nurse licensure in Alabama. Article 2 of the Act authorizes the Board of Nursing to deny or revoke the license of any nurse “guilty of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license.” Article 2 also sets forth the protective procedures Alabama's Board of Nursing must follow whenever it seeks to revoke a license that a nurse refuses to surrender voluntarily. Those protective procedures give your retained license defense team the opportunity to prove the credibility of your credentials.
Alabama Nursing Employer Investigations
Employers of nurses in Alabama and across the nation have taken due notice of the massive Florida nursing school fraud scandal. Employers who fail to ensure their nurses' qualifications may face regulatory action or civil liability for causing patient harm. If you are practicing nursing in Alabama under suspect credentials from one of the closed Florida nursing schools, expect your employer to investigate. Employers nationwide are terminating the nursing jobs of employees who cannot prove the credibility of their suspect credentials.
Alabama License Defense Team Services
Alabama nurses face professional licensing issues related to the Florida nursing school fraud scandal, just as nurses do elsewhere. Your best move is to retain skilled and experienced license defense representation to fight Alabama license discipline and preserve your employment. The Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento are available to represent you in Alabama. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now for Alabama nursing license defense representation.