State licensing boards are alerting nurses nationwide that they suspect that the nurses may hold fraudulent nursing school credentials. The nursing credentials alert follows FBI Operation Nightingale federal criminal fraud charges against more than two dozen Florida nursing school officials.
Read further for what to do if you are among the many nurses nationwide who have received a state licensing board fraudulent credentials alert notice. And don't wait until it's too late. 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 for your best outcome to nursing credentials issues. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.
Why Licensing Boards Are Sending Credentials Alerts
In its criminal investigation of the charged Florida nursing school officials, the FBI compiled a list of thousands of nursing students who allegedly paid those officials for fraudulent degrees or transcripts from the now-closed Florida nursing schools. The FBI did not criminally charge any of those nurses. But its release of the nurses' names to state licensing boards caused the boards to take swift action.
State licensing boards have taken a variety of approaches. Some state licensing boards automatically revoked the licenses of nurses on the FBI list. Other state boards demanded that the nurses relinquish their licenses or face disciplinary charges. Other boards notified the nurses to appear for a hearing, failing which they'd lose their license. Other boards simply alerted nurses on the FBI list, from the involved schools, or having similar profiles that they held suspect credentials.
What a Licensing Board Alert Means
If you received a state nursing board notice that you hold suspect nursing school credentials, read the notice carefully, while immediately retaining skilled and experienced professional license defense counsel to advise and represent you. If all you received was a credentials alert, and not a notice of revocation or to appear for a hearing, then your state board may not be requiring that you take immediate action. But you nonetheless have actions you should be taking, first of all, to retain a professional license defense attorney team to represent and assist you.
What to Do If You're on a Nursing Credentials Alert
Take these critical steps while you are retaining premier professional license defense representation, if you are among the many nurses nationwide who have received a state licensing board alert as to your suspect credentials. Save, gather, and protect any documentation of your nursing education, including electronically stored information. Dispose of nothing, not old emails, texts, files, devices, or computers. Evidence of your nursing studies may prove the difference in retaining your license. Prepare to share that documentation with your retained attorney. And then listen to your retained attorney's instructions.
Premier License Defense Attorneys for Board Issues
If you face a nursing credentials alert from your state nursing board, 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 for your best outcome to nursing credentials issues. Don't delay. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now.