Hospitals, clinics, and other employers of nurses nationwide are alerting many of their nurses that they suspect that they may hold fraudulent nursing school credentials. These employer alerts follow the FBI's Operation Nightingale federal criminal fraud charges against over two dozen officials at several now-closed Florida nursing schools.
Find out here what to do if your employer has alerted you that it suspects you may hold fraudulent credentials. And before it's too late, retain the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento for the premier representation you need to address your nursing credentials issues. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.
Employers Issue Nurse Credentials Alerts
Employers notifying their nurses of suspected fraudulent credentials are responding to an FBI list of thousands of nursing students allegedly buying fake credentials from the involved Florida nursing schools. The FBI compiled that list from one or more of the defendants whom it criminally charged. The FBI has not charged any of those nurses with wrongdoing.
But state licensing boards have been notifying hospitals and other healthcare providers who are employing nurses on the FBI list. Those employers are taking different approaches. Some employers have automatically suspended or fired the nurses. Other employers have demanded that the nurses promptly produce evidence of the authenticity of their credentials or suffer job termination. State licensing boards are taking their own actions.
What an Employer Credentials Alert Means
Some employers, though, have simply issued credentials alerts while they investigate or otherwise discern how best to proceed. Those employers are not requiring their nurses with suspect credentials to take any action yet. Employers may also be sending credentials alerts not just to nurses on the FBI list but also to nurses who hold legitimate credentials from the now-closed but formerly accredited nursing schools. An alert means just that: you should know that your employer suspects your nursing credentials may be fraudulent. Time will tell as to the next step.
What to Do If You're on a Nursing Credentials Alert
Time will indeed tell what happens next to nurses who receive their employer's suspect-credentials alert. But time is also passing. Don't wait until your employer takes the next step and either terminates your employment or demands that you appear for an employment hearing. Instead, promptly retain a skilled and experienced professional license defense attorney. And immediately gather, save, and protect anything at all having to do with your nursing school studies. Preserve not only paper syllabi, course materials, notes, assignments, exams, and clinical records but also electronically stored information including emails, texts, files, devices, and computers. And then share that documentation with your retained attorney to prove your credentials authentic.
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If your employer has notified you that it suspects your nursing credentials may be fraudulent, promptly retain the Lento Law Firm's premier Professional License Defense Team and national license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento for the skills and experience you need to resolve your credentials issue as favorably as possible. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now. Don't wait until it's too late.