News & Announcements


Interim Update Regarding the Florida Nursing Schools Investigation

24 February 2023

Information currently available to the State Education Department regarding the “Operation Nightingale” takedown of fraudulent Florida nursing schools includes the following details about the schools and timeframes involved and their nexus to New York applicants and licensees: 

Nursing Program & Timeframe Licensed in New York    Pending Application in New York
Siena College/Siena College of Health
Lauderhill, FL
10/2003 to 9/2022
49 92
Sacred Heart International Institute
Fort Lauderdale, FL
8/2017 to 9/2021
12 43
Quisqueya School of Nursing LLC (“Sunshine Academy”)
Boynton Beach, FL
10/2016 to 12/2020
105 177
Med-Life Institute WPB LLC
West Palm Beach, FL
10/2016 to 12/2020
93 104
Quisqueya Health Care Academy, LLC
Lake Worth, FL
10/2016 to 12/2020
73 292
Palm Beach School of Nursing, LLC
West Palm Beach, FL
10/2016 to 12/2020
571  1,644


In order to protect the public health, safety and welfare, the State Education Department has contacted the individuals who graduated from the above programs and received a license to practice nursing. Since the education submitted is not acceptable, the Department requested the individual to either 1) return the license parchment or 2) have a qualified nursing program submit verification of acceptable education. Applications from individuals who applied with education from one of the schools above but who have not been licensed, will be contacted in the coming weeks. Those applications will be held until the applicant demonstrates that they have met the requirements for acceptable education, examination, and moral character.

The New York State Education Department is actively pursuing additional information from the federal authorities and will take appropriate action regarding the licensure or application status of any individual who is confirmed to have been approved to sit for the examination or obtained their license based on false and misleading information provided by the above-named schools. By law, however, certain aspects of the criminal investigation must remain confidential for the time being and potential disciplinary action by the Department against any specific individual cannot be publicized until completed.

The nursing programs listed above were at one time approved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education and the Florida Board for Nursing. However, the schools have all since closed and Florida’s Department of Education has made an interim finding that the schools were operated in a manner contrary to the health, education, and welfare of the public.

Please note that the public information available at this time does not include where graduates of these schools are currently employed, and the Department does not maintain such records. Available public information also does not indicate whether or not all documents issued during the above timeframes are illegitimate. We expect that some licensees who attended these schools did, in fact, attend required hours and clinicals and are properly licensed.

If you have an employee who you believe may have been issued fraudulent credentials, please consult with your attorney(s) and human resources director for guidance and consider speaking with the employee directly.

Events and Happenings

22 Mar
Financial Self-Care for Women
Date March 22, 2023 01:00 - 02:00
22 Mar
Financial Self-Care for Women
March 22, 2023 06:00 - 07:00
23 Mar
Social Justice & Racial Equity in Nursing
March 23, 2023 06:30 - 08:30
12 Apr
Nurses on Boards
April 12, 2023 04:30 - 05:30
19 Apr
Roadmap to Retirement
April 19, 2023 01:00 - 02:00
19 Apr
Roadmap to Retirement
April 19, 2023 06:00 - 07:00
22 Apr
Earth Day Beach Clean-Up
April 22, 2023 12:00 - 03:00
9 May
2023 ANA-NY Lobby Day
May 9, 2023 09:00 - 04:00
10 May
Nurses on Boards
May 10, 2023 04:30 - 05:30
24 May
Taking Control of Your Taxes
May 24, 2023 01:00 - 02:00
24 May
Taking Control of Your Taxes
May 24, 2023 06:00 - 07:00
27 May
Books & Brunch: Square Foot Gardening
May 27, 2023 11:00 - 12:00
14 Jun
Nurses on Boards
June 14, 2023 05:00 - 06:00
13 Aug
Books & Brunch: Raised Bed Revolution
August 13, 2023 11:00 - 12:00

Additional Articles

07 March 2023

Application Open for the 2023-2024 American Nurses Advocacy Institute

Designed to grow nurses’ political competence, the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) aids in enhancing advocacy skills and building exposur...
06 March 2023

Nominations Open for 2023 ANA-NY Awards

Honor your colleagues by nominating them for an ANA-NY Award!  This year, we are accepting nominations in the following categories: Nursing Edu...
01 March 2023

Announcing ANA-NY Special Interest Groups!

To ANA-NY Members:  ANA-NY is always looking for new activities that support your personal interests, professional growth, and engagement. There i...
24 February 2023

Interim Update Regarding the Florida Nursing Schools Investigation

  Information currently available to the State Education Department regarding the “Operation Nightingale” takedown of fraudulent Flori...
24 February 2023

Nurses Across New York (NANY) Loan Repayment Program

The Nurses Across New York (NANY) Loan Repayment Program, Cycle I is being released today!  The grant is being offered as a Solicitation of Interes...
16 February 2023

2023 ANA-NY Lobby Day

Please join us for ANA-NY Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at the New York State Capitol! We are excited to be back in person in Albany to make ...
15 February 2023

ANA-NY Requests Names for the Annual Nightingale Tribute

The Nightingale Tribute honors late nurses and recognizes their commitment and dedication to science and the practice of nursing. First designed a...
06 February 2023

Now Accepting Proposed Amendments for ANA-NY Bylaws

ANA-New York’s Bylaws Committee is seeking input from the Association’s members regarding possible changes to the ANA-NY Bylaws. Members can view ...
30 January 2023

Call for Abstracts for ANA-NY’s 11th Annual Conference

ANA-NY’s 11th Annual Conference, November 9-11, 2023, at The Turning Stone Resort and Casino  We invite you to submit your abstracts for posters, ...
27 January 2023

Recent Reports about Fraudulent Nursing Diploma Scheme Investigation

This week, federal law enforcement authorities uncovered what is reported to be a multi-state, fraudulent nursing school diploma and credentialing ...

Copyright © American Nurses Association of New York. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Flight.