A public report reveals that Michigan is among the states notifying nurses that they may lose their license over fraudulent credentials from one of the several now-closed Florida nursing schools involved in the scandal.
Skilled and experienced professional license defense representation can help you navigate your nursing license issues in Michigan. Retain national professional license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's License Defense Team if you are a Michigan nurse with credentials from one of the involved Florida nursing schools. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.
The Nursing Schools Fraud Scheme
The federally coordinated Operation Nightingale led to criminal fraud charges against more than two dozen nursing school officials in Florida. The criminal charges claim that those officials sold fake degrees and fraudulent transcripts from these Florida nursing schools, to thousands of aspiring nurses, including many minority immigrants:
- MedLife Institute West Palm Beach;
- Palm Beach School of Nursing;
- Sacred Heart International Institute;
- Quisqueya Health Care Academy;
- Siena College; and
- Quisqueya School of Nursing, also called Sunshine Academy.
Michigan Licensing Board Notices
Michigan's Bureau of Professional Licensing has already begun disciplinary proceedings against nurses with suspect credentials from the closed Florida nursing schools. Disciplinary proceedings begin with notices to the accused nurses. Notices from nursing boards nationwide have demanded that the involved nurses surrender their licenses and quit nursing unless they can prove the validity of the suspect credentials. The Michigan proceedings will determine whether the involved nurses get to keep their licenses or must quit nursing.
Michigan Nursing License Authority
Michigan's Nurse Practice Act authorizes the Michigan Board of Nursing not only to license Michigan nurses but also to suspend and revoke the licenses of nurses who do not meet the state's nursing standards. Michigan's Bureau of Professional Licensing works with the state's Board of Nursing to discipline nurses who fail to meet nursing requirements. The Bureau and Board have clear authority for their proceedings against several Michigan nurses involved in the Florida nursing school fraud scandal.
Michigan Nurses Employer Responses
The Michigan hospital, clinic, or other healthcare provider that employs you as a licensed nurse may take its own action in responding to the Florida nursing school fraud scandal. Employers nationwide are notifying their nurses with suspect credentials from the closed schools. Those notices are, in some cases, suspending or terminating the employment. Other employers are giving the involved nurses a chance to prove the credibility of their credentials.
Michigan License Defense Services
The Lento Law Firm has helped hundreds of professionals in Michigan and nationwide overcome their professional license issues. Their Professional License Defense Team has the administrative skills and experience you need for your best outcome of licensing and employment issues arising out of the Florida nursing school fraud scandal. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now for Michigan nursing license representation.