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Background Check Requirements for Healthcare in Florida

Persons who work in the healthcare field need to be stringently tested and certified to make sure that they're qualified to perform their duties. In addition to that testing, though, and especially in the state of Florida, healthcare professionals must undergo background checks. Depending on the position being applied for, different types of background checks will be required.

Level 1

A level one background check is fairly straightforward. This form of background check takes the applicant's name, address, social security number, date of birth, race and sex, and uses that information to search through criminal records. This test only searches through the criminal records that are in the state of Florida, and the search will find individuals who most closely match the information that's put into the system as the search basis.

Level 2

A level 2 background check is more strenuous and in-depth. It requires that the applicant fill out a fingerprint card. This card is sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation where the prints will be compared against their offender database to search for arrest records both statewide and nationally.

Results and Use

The results of these background checks is what's really important. There are certain crimes that will bar a person from working in the healthcare field in the state of Florida. Crimes such as fraud, identity theft and forgery will disqualify persons from working in the healthcare field in the state. Level 1 background checks are typically use for employment in private facilities or for nursing and companion services in a patient's home. Level 2 background checks are required for more secure facilities such as abortion clinics, organ procurement centers and residential treatment facilities.


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