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Message from our CEO

Franklin Shaffer“I see CGFNS International moving from primarily serving the US to increasingly serving countries around the globe, assuring that education and practice are appropriate to the practice environment, and assuring safety for patients everywhere. I hope that through educational research, we will shift to a world where professionals can be mobile without encountering unnecessary barriers. The biggest barrier is educational portability.

I can envision a time when CGFNS International will move from being a onetime service to a lifelong resource for migrating professionals. We have initiated a ‘corporate university’ to enable CGFNS International to become a career centre for immigrant nurses, providing upward mobility through online remediation, education, career coaches and mentors.

This will be done through leveraging the intellectual capital of CGFNS International staff, and through the development of a collaborative network between CGFNS International University and leading colleges and universities in the US. Some of this is already in progress – and there clearly are many more opportunities to come!”

Signature - Franklin

Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN

Our Mission

The mission of CGFNS International (also known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) is to serve the global community through programs and services that verify and promote the knowledge-based practice competency of health care professionals.

CGFNS International focuses on four key objectives:

  1. To develop and administer a predictive testing and evaluation program for nurses educated outside the United States.
  2. To provide a credentials evaluation service for health care professionals educated and/or born outside the United States.
  3. To serve as a clearinghouse for information on international nursing education and licensure.
  4. To conduct and publish studies relevant to internationally educated nurses.

Our Vision

The vision of CGFNS is to be the premier source of credentials evaluation and professional development services that provide strategic value and direction to health care professionals worldwide.