Thousands of nurses licensed and employed nationwide are receiving notices from their state licensing board, nursing employer, or nursing school that their nursing education may have been fraudulent.
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The Florida Nursing Schools Fraud Scandal
The Department of Health & Human Services alleges in federal court criminal fraud charges that officials at several now-closed Florida nursing schools sold fake diplomas and transcripts to thousands of individuals, many of them immigrants. Many of those individuals went on to earn nursing degrees from other schools not involved in the scandal. Many of those individuals also passed the NCLEX national nurse licensing exam to enter nursing practice with employers across the nation.
Nurses who attended the involved Florida nursing schools, or received a degree or transcript from those schools, now face the potential loss of their nursing degree, license, and employment. The schools reportedly include:
● Siena College,
● Sacred Heart International Institute,
● Quisqueya Health Care Academy,
● Quisqueya School of Nursing, also known as Sunshine Academy,
● MedLife Institute West Palm Beach, and
● Palm Beach School of Nursing.
State Nursing Board Response
State nursing boards across the nation are sending notices to licensed nurses whose credentials include coursework, clinical hours, transcripts, or degrees from the involved Florida nursing schools. The notices demand the nurses document and prove the authenticity of their education or relinquish their license. License suspension and revocation may result.
Nursing Employer Response
Nurse employers nationwide are also notifying their nurses who have credentials from the involved Florida schools. The notices are suspending or terminating the nurses' employment, or demanding proof of the authenticity of their nursing education. Some employers are also notifying state nursing license board officials.
Nursing School Response
Nursing schools not involved directly in the Florida nursing school fraud scandal are also notifying their students and graduates who have credentials from the involved Florida schools. The notices are suspending enrollment and threatening to revoke course credits, withdraw transcripts, and revoke degrees unless the involved individuals can prove the authenticity of their nursing education.
Your Response: Retain a Premier License Defense Attorney
Whether you face nursing license issues, employment issues, or school issues relating to the Florida nursing school fraud scandal, your best move is to retain a skilled and experienced professional license defense attorney. Your retained attorney can help you evaluate and answer notices, gather documentation, invoke protective procedures, and communicate and negotiate with state board, employer, and school representatives. Retain premier professional license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento for your best outcome, if this extraordinary fraud scandal has placed your nursing license, employment, or education at risk. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.