Health care organizations can face serious risks to patient and employee safety, fines, and penalties by unknowingly hiring sanctioned or unlicensed nurses. An effective nurse background screening program will include checks for sanctions, licensure, as well as identifying disciplined nurses with a criminal history or a history of endangering patients, drug theft and abuse. Organizations should be aware that nurses with records of misconduct are able to manipulate multi-state licensing programs and continue working across state lines. Programs such as the Nurse Licensure Compact were originally put in place to stem the problem of the nursing shortage, but have unintentionally created a dangerous security loophole that could put patients, staff and the organization at risk.
HireRight can customize a package of screening services based on best practices that help health care organization mitigate risks to patient and employee safety, fines and penalties. The HireRight Nurse Background Check™ may include these baseline services:
Identify an invalid Social Security Number (SSN) using information and number assignment methodology from the Social Security Administration (SSA). For any SSN issued before June 25, 2011, the HireRight Social Security Number Validation™ identifies the year and state of issuance and checks the SSA Death Index to help detect anomalies.
Identify the names and addresses associated with a Social Security Number (SSN) using credit bureau records. The HireRight Social Security Number Trace™ provides an applicant’s history of addresses based on where the applicant has established credit. This may provide more information for other screening services and can also help detect an incorrect SSN.
Identify whether applicants have a criminal record history in the jurisdiction corresponding to their address history. The HireRight Criminal, Felony and Misdemeanor Records Search™ helps to identify potential felony and misdemeanor criminal history by searching county court records where an applicant has resided.
Expand the investigation of an applicant’s criminal history by searching additional databases to locate potential criminal records data. HireRight Widescreen Plus™ enables organizations to conduct a wider search of an applicant’s potential criminal history by identifying possible criminal history records beyond an applicant’s known address history and stated work locations. Possible records are verified at the source before being reported.
Initiate a broader search of sex offender registries. The HireRight National Sex Offender Registry Search™ conducts a search via the National Sex Offender public website, which searches information about sex offenders for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and many U.S. tribes.
Confirm if an applicant or employee has been sanctioned or excluded from participating in federal and state health care programs. The HireRight Health Care Sanction Check™ goes beyond OIG and GSA checks to search the Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS®), a current and historical database of sanctions, exclusions, debarments and disciplinary actions, for information about an applicant. If there is a confirmed record, HireRight can directly contact the sanctioning board to confirm or clear possible name matches returned by FACIS® based on identifiers provided by the customer. HireRight Health Care Sanction Monitoring performs the same search on an ongoing basis.
There are four levels of searches:
Save time confirming an applicant’s professional license. The HireRight Professional License Verification™ verifies an applicant’s license with the issuing authority, reveals disciplinary actions and identifies renewal and expiration dates. In addition to performing a professional license check on an applicant prior to employment, organizations may want to continually check to confirm the employee’s license is valid and in good standing. Organizations can submit their roster to HireRight’s Professional License Tracking™ service at pre-defined intervals in advance of a renewal deadline to keep employees informed of this requirement and allow them enough time to satisfy continuing education and testing requirements.
Gain information on an applicant that can provide you with greater insight into the applicant’s professional background. The HireRight Professional Reference Check™ uses open-ended questions to interview an applicant’s former colleagues and coworkers and provides a report on their responses.
Identify the status of an applicant’s driver’s license, license type, endorsements, restrictions, driving violations, suspensions and revocations. The HireRight Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) Check™ provides this information and shows driving under the influence (DUI) convictions for states that report this information in driving records.
Identify whether applicants falsified education information on their resume or job application. HireRight Education Verification™ confirms an applicant’s credentials by verifying that a degree, certificate or diploma was received, directly with an institution or its authorized agent.
Test for the presence of illicit drug use with urine testing. HireRight Urine Drug Test™ provides the option of multiple panels and lab-based or instant tests to fit an employer’s needs.