The New Jersey Board of Nursing has taken action against dozens of nurses holding licenses in the state, while flagging them in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing database. Unless the nurses challenge the state's action through administrative hearings, the actions may prevent the nurses from practicing nursing nationwide.
If you face or have already suffered losing your nursing license because of the nationwide nursing school credentials scandal, retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento to request and pursue a licensing hearing. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now for the license defense services you need to protect your nursing license and career.
The Nationwide Nursing School Credentials Scandal
Nurses and nurse employers nationwide are generally well aware of the nursing school credentials scandal. The scandal broke in early 2023 after the FBI's Operation Nightingale obtained criminal fraud charges against officials from several now-closed Florida nursing schools. The FBI operation didn't charge any nurses allegedly paying for fake credentials, only the alleged sellers of credentials.
State Nursing Board Targets
While the FBI didn't charge any nursing students or graduates in the scandal, only school officials, the FBI shared with state nursing boards a list of allegedly involved nurses, offered up by one or more of the criminal defendants. State nursing boards began to target nurses on the list early this year, taking a variety of approaches. And state nursing board license actions may have gone beyond the FBI list to challenge the school credentials of other nurses attending the involved Florida nursing schools or nurses attending other similarly accredited access programs.
New Jersey's Response to the Nursing Credentials Issue
According to a New Jersey attorney general press release, the New Jersey Board of Nursing has taken its own approach. Some state boards and nurse employers had notified nurses that their credentials were in dispute. Those notices had given the nurses a chance to come forward with evidence that their schooling was legitimate. New Jersey instead rescinded twenty nursing licenses and revoked twenty-six more temporary licenses. Forty-six New Jersey nurses were suddenly out of a job and career.
New Jersey Offers Reinstatement Hearings
When a state board of nursing revokes a license, constitutional due process generally requires that it offer a reinstatement hearing. While the nurses who lost their licenses to New Jersey's action are out of jobs and careers for the moment, New Jersey recognized that it must offer reinstatement hearings. A hearing gives you the chance to tell your side of the story. Don't give up everything for which you've worked. Get the skilled and experienced professional license defense representation you need to request and pursue a license reinstatement hearing.
Premier Defense Services to Challenge License Revocation
If your state board of nursing has revoked your nursing credentials without a hearing, retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento to request and pursue your hearing for license reinstatement. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.