A press report on more guilty pleas in the nationwide nursing school credentials fraud scandal cites federal authorities as acknowledging that nurses implicated in the scandal include some students “with legitimate LPN licenses who wanted to become registered nurses.” The federal authorities' admission that they have implicated legitimately licensed nurses in their federal nursing school fraud scandal should give pause to everyone involved in the matter.
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How Federal Authorities Implicated Legitimate LPNs
First understand how federal authorities implicated legitimately licensed LPNs in their fraud scandal. Federal officials focused their Operation Nightingale investigation not just on candidates for LPN programs but also on RN program candidates. Indeed, at least some and perhaps many of the implicated nurses may have been in LPN-to-RN bridge programs. The federal investigation focused on access schools, both online and for-profit schools not associated with any college or university. Those schools serve many non-traditional and lower-income students with families who must work while completing their nursing education. And those family and work commitments encourage students to pursue LPN to RN programs, one step at a time. The federal action thus implicated at least some, and perhaps many, legitimate LPNs working as nurses while trying to complete their RN programs.
How Legitimate LPNs Could Pass the RN Exam
The fact that federal authorities implicated legitimate LPNs in their fraud allegations, a fact that federal authorities now admit, should already have been obvious. A Nurse.com article on the scandal acknowledges that fully 37% of the nurses whom the FBI accuses of fraud passed the NCLEX. The same Nurse.com article quotes a nursing school director that passing the NCLEX generally requires nursing school. And the same article cites a nursing school dean saying that nurses whom the FBI accused must have had an LPN or some training or experience before taking the NCLEX, for so many of the accused nurses to pass the exam. Likewise, those LPNs who passed the RN exam must have had at least some RN education and experience not only to pass the RN exam but also to get and hold an RN job without any employer concern.
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