Hospital industry updates indicate that Alaska's Board of Nursing already has three nurses under investigation for allegedly holding fraudulent Florida nursing school credentials related to the Department of Health & Human Services' nationwide Operation Nightingale enforcement action.
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Operation Nightingale Reveals Massive Alleged Fraud
Federal criminal fraud charges filed in Miami, Florida, revealed the nationwide reach of Operation Nightingale's enforcement action. Those charges allege that federal HHS officials and FBI agents have evidence that these now-closed Florida nursing schools sold thousands of bogus nursing credentials, earning over $100 million in the massive fraud scandal:
- Palm Beach School of Nursing;
- Sacred Heart International Institute;
- Siena College;
- MedLife Institute West Palm Beach;
- Quisqueya School of Nursing, also called Sunshine Academy; and
- Quisqueya Health Care Academy.
Nationwide Nursing Impacts
The Alaska Board of Nursing's public acknowledgment that it is investigating three nurses related to Operation Nightingale shows the alleged scheme's nationwide impact. Operation Nightingale spokespersons claim in statements highlighted nationwide in nursing journals and press reports that thousands of nurses hold licenses, jobs, and other nursing degrees under the bogus credentials. Involved nurses nationwide may lose those licenses, jobs, and degrees. The scandal worsens the current unprecedented nursing shortages.
Alaska Nursing Board Investigations
The Alaska Board of Nursing's public acknowledgment of its investigations of nurses allegedly holding fraudulent Florida nursing school credentials follows other state board actions nationwide. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has declared those state boards' strong support for license revocations. Retain the Lento Law Firm to defend Alaska nursing license investigation and disciplinary proceedings and to appeal any adverse decision.
Alaska Nursing Board Authority
Alaska nursing board officials have statutory authority to investigate nurses whom Operation Nightingale identifies as holding fraudulent credentials. Section 08.68.010 of Alaska's nursing statutes creates the Alaska Board of Nursing to protect patients and the public against unqualified nursing. Section 08.68.100 authorizes the Board of Nursing to adopt and enforce educational standards for nurses seeking a license, and to hold hearings regarding the violation of those standards. Section 08.68.270 expressly authorizes the Alaska Board of Nursing to revoke the license of any nurse who "has obtained or attempted to obtain a license to practice nursing by fraud or deceit."
Employer Investigations of Alaska Nurses
Alaska healthcare employers are surely watching Alaska Board of Nursing investigations of suspect Florida nursing school credentials. Employers nationwide have, on their own and after state board action, terminated the employment of nurses unable to prove the credibility of their suspect Florida nursing school credentials.
Premier License Defense for Alaska Nurses
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