The nation's leading healthcare workforce management platform has urged nurse employers nationwide to remain hypervigilant over the credentials of their nurses and nursing applicants, in the wake of the Operation Nightingale nursing school credentials scandal. The attitude reflects the challenges that nurses face maintaining employer confidence in their credentials, especially when those nurses have attended popular access schools.
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Nursing School Scandal Hits the Nursing Profession
The FBI's Operation Nightingale nursing school credentials enforcement action broke in early 2023 with news of criminal fraud charges against officials from several now-closed Florida nursing schools. Federal government officials alleged that thousands of nurses nationwide held fake credentials from the schools, even though many of them had passed the national nursing license exam and were practicing nursing under current licenses.
Nurse Employers Respond to the Nursing School Scandal
Hospitals and other healthcare employers took the allegations seriously, suspending and firing nurses whose names appeared on a list the FBI obtained from a criminal defendant informant. In many cases, employers were acting in response to notice from state licensing officials that they were proceeding against the licenses of those nurses on the list. State nursing boards, like the Texas Board of Nursing, also urged nurse employers to scrutinize the credentials of their nurses or nursing applicants for various red flags.
Nursing Scandal Shock Waves Continue to Impact Nurses
Healthcare employers are certainly getting the message to scrutinize nurse credentials. Indeed, the nation's leading healthcare workforce management platform says that the “best thing that healthcare facilities can do to protect themselves during this time is to remain hypervigilant with their credentialing processes….” Hypervigilance may well be warranted from a public protection standpoint, but it can create undue challenges for aspiring nurses, especially immigrant nurses attending access schools and thus having profiles similar to many of the nurses implicated in the Operation Nightingale scandal.
Premier License Defense for Nursing Credentials
If your employer or state licensing board has challenged your nursing school credentials, promptly retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento for the skills and experience you need to defend your nursing credentials. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.