A loved one is in the hospital or a nursing home. How do you know if that registered nurse or licensed practical nurse providing bedside care has received the proper training? In January, the Justice Department unsealed criminal conspiracy and wire fraud charges against 25 people in connection with the sale of 7,600 fake diplomas from three now-defunct Southern Florida nursing schools for $114 million. The certificates enabled untrained individuals to sit for the national nursing board exams and at least 2,800 of them passed.
The fake degrees didn’t make them nurses. The fake degrees allowed them to sit the nurses’ exam. So, the only people who got conned were the nursing schools who didn’t get to charge for 4 years of blather to be allowed to sit the nurses’ exams.
Ain’t that a shame?