A compelling Philadelphia Inquirer article acknowledges the leading role attorney advisor Joseph Lento has taken in defending licensed nurses nationwide against fallout from the FBI's Operation Nightingale nursing school fraud scandal.
The article describes both the unfairness to innocent nurses whom the scandal is affecting and how devastating those effects have been. But the article also shows how attorney advisor Lento is helping nurses nationwide to fight back.
If you are a nurse facing license disciplinary charges relating to the FBI's Operation Nightingale nursing school fraud scandal, retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team now. Call 888.535.3686 now.
Criminal Defendants Turn FBI Informants
Fallout was sure to follow when in early 2023, the FBI criminally charged more than two dozen Florida nursing school officials and their student recruiters. The charges alleged the defendants' sale of fake nursing school degrees and transcripts.
Unsurprisingly, those criminal defendants quickly turned into FBI informants. They implicated over 7,600 nurses as having bought fake credentials. Some of those defendants have already pled guilty to the charges, receiving sentences recognizing their FBI cooperation.
Nursing Scandal Affects Innocent Nurses
The Philadelphia Inquirer article shows exactly how unfair the informants' allegations have been for many of those innocent nurses. The article reports how earnest nurses, many of them immigrants, already licensed as LPNs, and simply seeking to further their nursing education to qualify for RN licensure, turned to nursing school recruiters for rigorous though flexible RN bridge programs.
Access programs like those the Florida nursing schools offered have been critical to diversifying the nursing profession while addressing the urgent need for more skilled and dedicated nurses.
The nurses implicated in the scandal studied online for hundreds of hours, traveled on several occasions to the Florida nursing schools, completed hundreds more hours of closely supervised clinical work at their own hospital locations, passed the national nurse licensure exam, and in many cases practiced for years as a licensed RN, only to have the informants' allegations ruin their life.
Licensed Nurses Face Devastating Losses
The Philadelphia Inquirer article highlights personal stories of the scandal's unfairly devastating impact. Some nurses immediately lost their RN licenses, facing licensing board hearings to try to get their licenses back. Others received notices of license revocation hearings, together with a demand to relinquish the license to avoid the hearing and a crippling finding of wrongdoing.
Many nurses promptly lost their RN jobs. Some of them managed to return to lower-paying LPN positions, while others were out of the nursing profession after having devoted years of study and clinical work, thousands of tuition dollars, and years of skilled nursing service to appreciative patients.
Attorney Advisor Lento's Nationwide License Defense Role
The new piece also highlights how attorney advisor Joseph Lento and the Lento Law Firm's nationwide Professional License Defense Team have rallied to the affected nurses' cause. The Lento Law Firm has represented more than a hundred affected nurses in license hearings and employment proceedings, while planning a class action to counteract the scandal's unfairly debilitating impact. Call 888.535.3686 or chat with us.