Nursing Bridges Institute may have been your gateway into the nursing profession. But prepare to defend your Nursing Bridges Institute nursing credentials. The Florida Commission for Independent Education has withdrawn its approval of the Nursing Bridges Institute, which has now closed its Pensacola, Florida, campus. The FBI Operation Nightingale investigation has charged Nursing Bridges Institute's owners with selling fraudulent school credentials.
The criminal charges against Nursing Bridges Institute officials and officials at other Florida nursing schools place your nursing license at risk of investigation and revocation. Defend your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials and address your related nurse licensing issues. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now to retain the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team and protect your nursing career.
Nursing Bridges Institute Operation
Nursing Bridges Institute advertises campuses in Pensacola, Florida, and Houston, Texas, although the school also offered instruction online. The state order closing the Nursing Bridges Institute's Pensacola campus identifies Simon Itaman as the school's CEO and Anna Itaman as the school's program director. Florida state records confirm that Simon Itaman formed Nursing Bridges Institute as a limited liability company in 2017. Before its closure, Nursing Bridges Institute's Pensacola campus offered advanced life support certification, a licensed practical nursing program, and an associate's degree. Nursing Bridges Institute enrolled new classes every July and November.
Nursing Bridges Institute Education
You had good reason to trust in the value of your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials when enrolling at the school. Nursing Bridges Institute advertised to new enrollees that “we are staffed with highly trained and experienced instructors, ensuring that your education is not only effective but innovative.” The school's website shows both of its proprietors, Simon Itaman and Anna Itaman holding PhD degrees and RN registration. You doubtless expected your Nursing Bridges Institute to qualify you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain your nursing license.
Nursing Bridges Institute Credentials Issues
The Nursing Bridges Institute's closure order indicates that the Pensacola campus was no longer in operation when Florida Commission for Independent Education officials visited it in early 2023. The closure order further indicates that the cause of those officials' visit was federal fraud charges against the school's proprietors, Simon and Anna Itaman. Charging documents in that criminal case allege that Simon and Anna Itaman sold or helped others sell fraudulent credentials to nurses nationwide who used the credentials to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination and enter nursing practice. The closure order finds that Simon and Anna Itaman operated Nursing Bridges Institute “in a manner contrary to the health, education, or welfare of the public” and are “the subject of an indictment involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty, or moral turpitude” relating to the sale of school credentials.
Nursing Bridges Institute Licensing Impacts
State licensing boards nationwide have been investigating and revoking nursing licenses since the criminal charges against Nursing Bridges Institute's proprietors and other Florida nursing school officials and the closure orders involving Nursing Bridges Institute and other Florida nursing schools. The Texas Board of Nursing, for one among many examples, disclosed its investigation of nurses holding credentials from those schools while specifically calling out Nursing Bridges Institute's closure. The Maryland Board of Nursing placed Nursing Bridges Institute on its non-approved out-of-state nursing programs list so that graduates cannot use the credentials for Maryland licensure. State licensing officials nationwide suspended or revoked the licenses of nurses whom the FBI listed as having fraudulent credentials from the suspect Florida nursing schools while requiring other nurses who attended those schools to prove their credentials' legitimacy. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing applauded these actions while urging further enforcement. Your nursing license is at risk if you hold Nursing Bridges Institute credentials.
Value Your Nursing Bridges Institute Credentials
Your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials were likely a critical point of entry for you to begin your nursing career. You may have used that early training to gain admission to other nursing schools, sit for the National Council Licensure Exam, and get your nursing license. When you passed the national exam, you proved the value of your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials. When you gained and held your nursing employment, you proved the competence and compassion of your nursing care. Don't give up on your nursing license and career. You know what your nursing practice means to you and your family, and others in your community.
Defend Your Nursing Bridges Institute Credentials
You can fight for your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials. State licensing boards cannot revoke your license without first following fair investigatory and adjudicatory procedures. Skilled and experienced nursing license defense representation gives you the chance to take due advantage of those protective procedures. A professional license defense attorney can answer the charges on your behalf, negotiate with state licensing officials, attend license hearings to present your defense case, and appeal any adverse actions. Don't assume the worst. Licensing boards nationwide are taking different approaches toward nurses holding suspect Florida nursing school credentials. You may have a good defense for your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials.
License Defense for Nursing Bridges Institute Credentials
For the best available nursing license defense representation for your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials, retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team. The Lento Law Firm team and national professional license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento have successfully defended the school records of hundreds of students and professionals nationwide, preserving their education, employment, and career. The Lento Law Firm team is available to help you defend your Nursing Bridges Institute credentials. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now to retain the qualified representation for your best possible outcome.