Nightingale College Strongly Condemns Florida-Based Fraudulent Nursing Diploma Scheme as Detrimental to Public Health and the Nursing Profession
Nightingale College, a pioneer in distance education for nurses, today condemned the acts of certain employees associated with the three Florida nursing institutions that are alleged to have distributed thousands of false diplomas and transcripts, allowing individuals to sit for the national nursing board exam. The College supports the Health and Human Services (HHS) investigation into this fraudulent scheme. For more information about the institutions and individuals charged, please view the Department of Justice’s press release.
“The nursing profession is held in the highest regard and trust in this country,” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Olsen, acting president of Nightingale College. “Our graduates come to the nursing profession with the knowledge and skills needed to protect public health. It is an unfortunate coincidence that this investigative effort was titled Operation Nightingale, and could be misconstrued by our partners or students that Nightingale College was involved in this fraudulent behavior but we are in no way connected to it.”
With more than two dozen people charged, it is Nightingale College’s hope that any group(s) misrepresenting nursing programs that provide fake diplomas and transcripts will be shut down by the efforts of the investigative bodies. As nursing is among the most trusted professions in the United States, it is imperative that the nursing education process continue to be protected.
“We fully support the overseeing federal agency’s efforts to expose and charge those who would damage both the reputation of the nursing community and nursing education in general,” noted Dr. Olsen.
Since its inception in 2010, the College has graduated more than 1,800 learners from its educational programs as of January 2023. Nightingale College focuses on improving health outcomes by providing nursing education to underserved and underrepresented communities.
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About Nightingale College
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Nightingale College is a pioneer in distance learning. The College offers nursing programs with its fully accredited for distance education in practical nursing, RN-to-baccalaureate degree bridge programs, as well as bachelor’s and master’s nursing degrees. Supporting the growing need for nurses and providing strategies to combat the nursing shortage and to close health equity gaps, the College’s programs work to develop and maintain a steady supply of diverse nurses, with the help of local health care systems. Nightingale College emphasizes graduating future nurses who are confident, competent and compassionate. Since its establishment in 2010, the College has graduated more than 1,400 nurses and currently enrolling learners from across the U.S, while offering supervised on-ground filed experiences in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. To learn more about Nightingale College and its mission and programs, visit nightingale.edu.