Is your Hospital requiring a copy of your diploma or transcripts?

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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 state issuing the license do a background check and make sure the requirements (graduation) are met prior to issuing a license?!

    If CMS is nationwide, then we should all have to do this correct?

    Is everyone diggin their diploma out to copy when they have been licensed for 20 years?

    Thanks!!
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    Sounds like a made up excuse to me to get what they want.
    Esme12 likes this.
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    I'm just a new grad, but the hospital I am now employed at did require my official transcripts.
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    My hospital is now requiring a copy of your diploma or transcripts for laboratory reasons.
    motownmama27 likes this.
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    Quote from Racer15
    My hospital is now requiring a copy of your diploma or transcripts for laboratory reasons.
    Laboratory reasons?
    Altra, poppycat, kogafietsen, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from julz68
    I'm just a new grad, but the hospital I am now employed at did require my official transcripts.
    ^Same here...from what I see with people claiming to be 'nurses' I can see the validity of that...
    NutmeggeRN likes this.
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    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?
    barbyann, kogafietsen, prnqday, and 1 other like this.
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    I know people who obtained their licenses, but forthwith sake if protection d/t DV, they are not listed for licensing in public record, as well as facilities may not always have the technology to run a license check. People once in a blue moon, at least 2-3 every 1-2 years is caught committing fraud by practicing as a nurse in my area. There was a man recently portraying himself as a doctor even though he was a janitor at a hospital...just because we gave technology, doesn't mean that fraud will go away or not be committed; technology does guarantee that they will be caught.
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    So these same people won't be able to fake a copy of a diploma?
    cherryames1949, azhiker96, morte, and 2 others like this.
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    They still want proof. They want official transcripts with the seal...most official transcripts are in specific paper; they will even contact the school for validity.

    Example:

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/30/us/flo...en-fake-doctor

    Also, CMS funds nursing care using a hospital economic model...they use a different model in home health:

    Example; look at fifth blue highlight:

    http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/jou...icle_ID=798117

    You can also look up CMS-1533-FC...it's a 2,000+ document. These changes were in result if the Medicare changes in 2006, which outlined the model that they are shifting to outcome-based reimbursement, mainly because if the positive outcomes of nursing care.

    Even though doctors help with revenue, good nursing care improves hospital economics overall, increased funding for hospitals. (In nurses pockets, depending on the hospital...some hospitals boast this information, and gave shared the wealth.)

    This rule has been effective since 2008, may have been a grace period in getting things up and running, and validation for education may be required, just like physicians.

    I noticed when nursing applications started asking about Medicare exclusion...this is what it is all about, I guess. *shrugs*


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