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It was featured on yesterday's 5:00 news about the florida state board of nursing basically suggesting to ex florida nurses that they should go to GA and get relicensed and they can possibly hid their criminal records..
I'm a nursing student.. and I know how hard I am working and others have worked to get licensed as registered nurses, and this is absolutely appalling and insulting to the nursing profession
WSBTV.com News Story
Fla. Convicts Told To Apply For Ga. Nursing Jobs
Posted: 2:37 pm EST March 3,2010Updated: 6:17 pm EST March 3,2010
ATLANTA -- A Channel 2 Action News Investigation has found proof that one state is telling convicts to apply for nursing jobs here in Georgia. Reporter Jodie Fleischer obtained a tape that catches the Florida Board of Nursing helping criminals around a new law that prevents them from being licensed there. On an audiotape WSB-TV obtained through an open records request, you can hear Florida board members telling ex-cons things like,
"You might want to go get a license in Georgia" and "Perhaps you could go to Georgia."
Those applicants cannot get licenses in Florida because of the law that bans anyone with a drug- or fraud-related felony from being licensed until 15 years after their sentence ends. Channel 2 Action News sent a camera to Tallahassee for the Florida Board of Nursing's most recent meeting. One by one, criminal applicants pleaded for a license. "It is not our goal here to have to deny," said one board member. "But of course under those circumstances we have no choice."
Georgia has no such law. Georgia's Board of Nursing president, Dee Keeton said the state doesn't need one. "We look at each and every one of them, and if we feel that what they did was egregious enough to be convicted of, we're not going to license them." That is assuming Georgia knows about the conviction. On the video Channel 2 Action News shot in Florida, board members tried to hide applicants' convictions by denying their application.
One board member said to an applicant, "If you move to another state, Georgia, you'd have to report that yes indeed, you were denied at one point in the state of Florida, if you don't withdraw today. We're trying to help you." The applicant withdrew. On Georgia's application, nurses have to disclose whether they've ever been rejected by another state's board. If an applicant withdraws an application, there's no rejection to report. State Rep. Sharon Cooper is a registered nurse. "(Florida's board) is facilitating that person, in essence, lying by omission to another state board of nursing." Cooper said Georgia's Board of Nursing should pay closer attention to applicants coming from Florida. Georgia already does nationwide criminal background checks, but does give some second chances. Fleischer traveled to Florida and spoke with nursing board member Ann-Lynn Denker. She asked her why the board is directing criminals to Georgia. "I don't think we are telling murderers to do that," Denker said. "I just think that we are trying to advise people that we think are well-qualified and safe." Keeton disagrees. "In their minds they might think they're being helpful to the students, but what they really need to say is you're not going to be guaranteed a license anywhere."
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- Mar 7, '10 by D1914What's wrong with giving folks a second chance? Perhaps the anger should be directed at the Florida Board of Nursing and their ridiculous 15 year ban policy.
- Mar 11, '10 by Atl_QueenI think that they need to tell them that they can not get licesened anywhere until the 15 years is complete, if they really cared about there future they should have not made bad choices, and FL does not need to be sending those folks to GA, they need to tell them too bad.Wait for 15yrs
- Mar 11, '10 by elkparkThe 15-year ban for felons is not a rule that the FL BON came up with, it is a new state law passed by the state legislature that applies to all healthcare-related licensure and certifications. The BON had nothing to do with creating it, and they're obligated to abide by it whether they like or not. From what I've read, it's an effort to cut down on the widespread Medicare/Medicaid/healthcare-in-general fraud in FL.
- Feb 26, '12 by yasmaI am surprised at the attitude some people have about the new law in Florida this law is not only for felony convictions it also applies to adjudication witheld meaning not convicted did you know that people who have rape convictions or even murder convictions can get licensed this law does not apply to them.and under some circumstances what if you were working for someone whom was defrauding medicaid without your knowledge and you get arrested under this statue and lose your license would you like a chance to get your license back or would you feel 15 years is adequate for the action done? hmmm....
- Mar 2, '12 by Marshall1This is actually not a new story..Florida has been doing this for years...different states have different laws..personally, I think the individuals situation should be looked at, inlcuding arrest/conviction records, restitution, etc. Though I have never been arrested, I do know people makes mistake - usually in their teens/early adult - and if the debt has been paid and there have been no more issues and it's been years...people who turn themselves around should be afford the chance, again, depending on the crime, to move on with their lives.
- Apr 9, '12 by Shel216Quote from yasmaI am surprised at the attitude some people have about the new law in Florida this law is not only for felony convictions it also applies to adjudication witheld meaning not convicted did you know that people who have rape convictions or even murder convictions can get licensed this law does not apply to them.and under some circumstances what if you were working for someone whom was defrauding medicaid without your knowledge and you get arrested under this statue and lose your license would you like a chance to get your license back or would you feel 15 years is adequate for the action done? hmmm....
Exactly! You took the words right out of my mouth