Is your Hospital requiring a copy of your diploma or transcripts? - page 4

by floridaboundrn

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So my hospital is telling me that CMS is now requiring all licensed RNs in the ICU to have a copy of their diploma or transcripts on file in HR proving they graduated from nursing school. If you have a license, doesn't the... Read More


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    No, my hospital just asked for a copy of my license. I think that is enough.
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    Quote from ADNOLOL08
    We were asked for a copy of our diplomas a while back, though the reason was lab-related. To perform a certain test (which we had been performing for years), it's suddenly been decided that we need a diploma in order to run and interpret the test as it was deemed a moderately complex test and a diploma on file was required.
    I don't mean to be obtuse but what lab could possibly require your college degree????
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    Quote from rita359
    45 years after graduating and the school closed couple of years after we graduated. Hope the hospital corp that took the hospital over still has that information. Likely in some dusty old file nobody can find anymore.
    IIRC in most every state education records are legally required to be held for a certain amount of years. Yes, somewhere your primary, secondary/high school records are archived. Ditto for higher education.

    When a nursing program closes alumni records are kept *somewhere*, however tracking them down can be a challenge especially for hospital based programs where the entire facility is no longer around. Usually alumni associations are a good place to ask for information.
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    So I guess the grocery store should start asking for an official copy of your birth certificate when you buy a bottle of wine because the drivers license may not be genuine.

    Why not? If it weeds out 1 underage drinker out of 1 million it will be worth it right?
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    So do the M.D.s have to furnish their diplomas & transcripts [in addition to their licenses] before they are hired as well?
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    Quote from Racer15
    My hospital is now requiring a copy of your diploma or transcripts for laboratory reasons.
    Quote from Sweet_Wild_Rose
    We were told anyone who does any type of testing (urine dipstick pregnancy, bedside blood glucose, iStat labs) must have their diploma on file.
    Quote from Esme12
    I don't mean to be obtuse but what lab could possibly require your college degree????
    iStat. Not required for plain old bedside glucose though. Everyone on my unit does glucose, only some of us do iStat, and it's only the iStat people that have to prove they graduated.

    Because it's perfectly safe for me to be fraudulently doing everything else. But I'd better not put that cartridge in wrong!
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    Many facilities where I live ask for a copy of your diploma or degree in addition to the license. It's very common actually. Too many potential frauds out there, I suppose.
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    If you are in charge of collecting samples/ordering "complex" lab tests, you have to provide a copy of your highest level diploma.
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    Quote from floridaboundrn
    But... how do you get a license without having graduated from nursing school?

    If a license requires that you have graduated from an accredited college, then why isn't proof of licensure acceptable to CMS?
    Because that makes sense, and CMS has nothing to do with making sense.
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    Quote from floridaboundrn
    But... how do you get a license without having graduated from nursing school?

    If a license requires that you have graduated from an accredited college, then why isn't proof of licensure acceptable to CMS?
    *** I got an LVN license wihout ever having gone to nursing school.


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