Lying on or Falsification of Licensing Documents to the Board
Each licensure form or document, whether it is an initial application, application by
endorsement, or a renewal application, contains questions that require a “yes” or “no”
answer. These forms contain several questions that might affect the ability of an individual
to function safely as a nurse. In addition, the Board asks the applicant, petitioner, or
licensee to provide information to determine if he/she meets the practice requirements for
nursing licensure. Answers to these questions are used by the Board to determine the
applicant’s fitness for initial licensure/recognition in regards to conviction history, physical
or mental condition, chemical dependency, and eligibility to renew licensure or gain initial
licensure/recognition by endorsement related to meeting the continuing education (CE) and
practice requirements. The Board can understand that an applicant may mark a “yes” or
“no” answer in error, or misunderstand the question being asked. The Board believes,
however, that supplying false information in regards to eligibility requirements for licensure
is a serious matter, not only because of the lying or falsification itself, but because those
false answers would allow an otherwise disqualified applicant to be licensed. Proof of
falsification on initial licensure is enough to establish the Board’s right to revocation or
denial of licensure. It should not be the Board’s burden to answer or overcome
Respondent’s claims of current character or current practice once it is established an
applicant or petitioner has knowingly falsified information upon which licensure was based.
If Respondent believes he/she has good professional character, they should be required
to start the application process over anew under non-deceptive means without the benefit
of consideration of the intervening practice as a nurse.
The Board also asks questions on its applications for licensure to verify the individual’s
identity and provide the Board with demographic information. Falsification of that
information is considered serious by the Board, but not as critical as information that
directly relates to eligibility for licensure unless the falsification of this information was
intended to hide relevant background information of the applicant.
Each case of falsifying an application for licensure will be considered on an individual basis.
The investigative process will be used to determine whether the question was answered
in error, misunderstood, or purposely answered falsely to deceive the Board. Intentional
falsification may result in denial of licensure or revocation of a license. The Board may
show leniency towards an applicant for initial licensure because that person may be more
likely to misunderstand the questions on the application. The Board believes that an
applicant for renewal of licensure should understand the questions and the importance of
answering them honestly. A pattern of falsification of information on an application for
licensure will not be tolerated and is grounds for revocation.
Failure to cooperate during the course of a Board investigation by supplying false
documents or failing to disclose information is grounds for denial or revocation of the
license. Reckless disregard for the Nursing Practice Act, the Board’s rules and regulations,
and/or a Board Order is also grounds for denial or revocation and will require at a minimum,
the imposition of a punitive fine in addition to other stipulations.