Nevada Nurses Face the Florida Nursing School Fraud Scandal

Nevada licensing officials have publicly disclosed that they have already revoked the license of a nurse holding suspect credentials from now-closed Florida nursing schools involved in a nationwide fraud scandal.

You need qualified and skilled professional license defense services if you are a Nevada nurse practicing under suspect credentials from one of the involved nursing schools. The Lento Law Firm's premier License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento have helped hundreds of professionals nationwide overcome their professional licensing issues. The Lento Law Firm is ready to fight in Nevada for your nursing license and job. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now for help addressing your Nevada nursing license issues.

The Nationwide Reach of Nursing School Fraud Scandal

Nursing journals and press reports describe the nationwide reach and massive impact of a nursing credentials fraud scandal spurred by unprecedented nursing shortages. FBI agents worked with HHS officials in Operation Nightingale to obtain criminal fraud charges against the involved schools' officials. Those charges allege the sale of thousands of fraudulent credentials from these now-closed Florida nursing schools:

  • Quisqueya Health Care Academy;
  • Quisqueya School of Nursing called Sunshine Academy;
  • Siena College;
  • Sacred Heart International Institute;
  • Palm Beach School of Nursing; and
  • MedLife Institute West Palm Beach.

Much more is at issue than just the closure of these Florida nursing schools. Federal officials allege that nurses buying the fraudulent credentials used them for nursing education, licensure, and jobs across the country. Hospitals, clinics, home health services, and other employers of nurses nationwide may, federal officials claim, have been using unqualified nurses to provide substandard services, endangering patients and the public.

Nevada Nursing Board Investigations

Nevada licensing officials' public disclosure that they have already revoked a nursing license in the wake of the Florida nursing school fraud scandal shows their diligence in investigating. Nevada licensing officials are not alone in aggressively pursuing Operation Nightingale enforcement. Licensing officials in other states acknowledge their own investigations and license revocations relating to the Florida nursing school scandal. Indeed, the national organization representing state licensing officials issued a press release declaring strong state licensing board support for credentials enforcement. Prepare to defend license disciplinary proceedings if you are a Nevada nurse with suspect Florida nursing school credentials.

Nevada Board of Nursing Investigation Authority

Nevada's nursing statutes authorize the Nevada State Board of Nursing to set the minimum educational qualifications for nursing licenses in the state. Nurses applying for licenses must submit and certify those qualifying credentials. The Act's Section 632.347 expressly authorizes the Board of Nursing to deny or revoke a license for a nurse who is "guilty of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license or certificate pursuant to this chapter." Nevada law clearly supports the action the Nevada State Board of Nursing has already taken to revoke the license of a nurse holding fraudulent Florida nursing school credentials. Several sections of the Act following Section 632.347, though, set forth detailed disciplinary procedures guaranteeing nurses due process to dispute disciplinary charges.

Nevada Nurse Employer Investigations

Nevada nurse employers will surely join employers nationwide in investigating suspect credentials of nurses they employ. Employers have been terminating the employment of nurses who cannot prove that their Florida nursing school credentials are authentic. Employers should not, though, automatically terminate the employment of nurses who hold credible credentials from the suspect Florida nursing schools.

Professional License Defense Services in Nevada

If you are a Nevada nurse with credentials from one of the now-closed Florida nursing schools, retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento. The Lento Law Firm Team can represent you in both your license proceeding and with your school or employer, related to the Florida nursing school scandal. The Lento Law Firm's Defense Team has helped hundreds of professionals nationwide preserve their professional licenses and careers. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.


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