We are seeing an increased number of cases where nurses are receiving complaints from the Florida Department of Health accusing them of obtaining a fraudulent nursing diploma, and/or obtaining a license by fraud or misrepresentation. These complaints stem from the Department of Health & Human Services’ Operation Nightingale where action was taken against several Florida nursing schools. The focus of Operation Nightingale involved the distribution of more than 7,600 fake nursing diplomas issued by three south Florida based nursing schools: Siena College in Broward County, Palm Beach School of Nursing in Palm Beach County, and Sacred Heart International Institute in Broward County. These schools are now closed. Click here to read the DOJ press release.
Many nurses who attended these schools did not know their degrees were fraudulent. In fact, some of the nurses we have spoken to paid these schools tuition, attended classes, graduated, passed their boards, and worked successfully as nurses before finding out that their degree was fraudulent.
It is uncertain at this point how the Board of Nursing is going to handle these cases. If you are finding yourself in this situation, please contact our office for a free consultation. Don’t take your chances with the Board of Nursing. Having a license revoked due to fraud can prevent you from obtaining a license to practice as a nurse in the future.