Ohio nurses with credentials from the now-closed Florida nursing schools involved in the fraudulent credentials scandal should expect state Board of Nursing investigation notices.
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Operation Nightingale Florida Nursing Schools Fraud Scandal
The Department of Health & Human Services conducted its Operation Nightingale leading to criminal fraud charges involving officials of these Florida nursing schools:
- MedLife Institute West Palm Beach;
- Sacred Heart International Institute;
- Quisqueya Health Care Academy;
- Quisqueya School of Nursing also known as Sunshine Academy;
- Palm Beach School of Nursing; and
- Siena College.
The scandal alleges schemes to sell thousands of fraudulent credentials to aspiring nurses, especially African and Haitian immigrants. Nursing license boards nationwide are sending notices to nurses who have suspect credentials from these schools. The Ohio Board of Nursing is conducting confidential investigations that could lead to the loss of your Ohio nursing license and employment.
Ohio Board of Nursing Authority
Chapter 4723 of the Ohio Revised Code gives Ohio's state Board of Nursing statutory authority to suspend or revoke the license of any nurse violating state nursing standards. Section 4723.28 expressly authorizes the Ohio Board of Nursing to revoke a license “if it finds that a person committed fraud in passing an examination required to obtain a license … issued by the board or to have committed fraud, misrepresentation, or deception in applying for or securing any nursing license.”
In its confidential investigation of the Florida nursing schools fraud scandal, the Ohio Board of Nursing will be notifying nurses who have used credentials from the suspect Florida nursing schools. The notice may give you the opportunity to prove the validity of your Florida nursing school credentials. You should anticipate and prepare for a board notice of investigation if you are one of the involved nurses. Retain the Lento Law Firm now to represent you before the Ohio Board of Nursing.
Ohio Nurse Employer Notices
Employers of nurses nationwide are also notifying their state licensing boards and employee nurses with credentials from one of the suspect Florida nursing programs. Your Ohio employer may suspend or terminate your nursing employment if you have suspect credentials. Or your Ohio employer may give you the chance to prove your educational credentials. The Lento Law Firm Team is available to help you communicate and negotiate with your Ohio employer relating to the nursing school fraud scandal.
Premier Ohio License Defense Services
Professional license defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and his License Defense Team have the premier skills and substantial experience to help you address your professional license issues relating to the Florida nursing schools fraud scandal. Call 888.535.3686 or go online now for Ohio Board of Nursing representation.