Past Events

Annual Reception for State Boards of Nursing

Chicago, Illinois – August 19, 2015

CGFNS International Honors Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN for exceptional leadership in nursing and regulation and welcomes David Benton, PhD, MPhil, MSc, RMN, FFNF, FRCN, NCSBN’s new Chief Executive Officer at the Annual Reception for the State Boards of Nursing.

ICN International Conference and CNR

Seoul, Korea – June 19-23, 2015

CGFNS will be a sponsor


Global Citizen, Global Nursing

This international gathering of thousands of nurses will explore the importance of cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation in nursing. The Conference will provide opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. The three ICN pillars – Professional Practice, Regulation and Socio-Economic Welfare – will frame the scientific programme and the dynamic exchange of experiences and expertise.

Featured plenary speakers will bring inspiration and the latest information on the nursing workforce and workplace, ethics/human rights, clinical care and patient safety. Concurrent sessions, symposia and posters will address these issues plus developments in nursing education, pandemics/disasters, care systems and access, technology, regulation and the history of nursing. The Conference will also be the venue for ICN Network meetings and thought provoking main sessions – including a debate on a priority issue for the profession.

The Council of National Representatives, ICN’s global governing body, will convene from

17-19 June 2015. Conference participants who are members of ICN member associations will be able to observe global nursing leaders identify the profession’s priorities and future directions.

The specific aims of the conference are:

  • To advance and improve the coverage and quality of health services.
  • To demonstrate the nursing contribution to the health of individuals,  families and communities.
  • To provide opportunities for an in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.

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Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices Launch

Philadelphia, PA – March 19, 2015

CGFNS International, Inc., formally launched the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices as an independent division at an event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA on March 9. The event attracted a diverse audience including policy representatives, nurses, staffing firms, academics, and concerned members of the public interested in the Alliance.

Dr. Franklin Shaffer, the Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International Inc., Mukul Bakhshi, the Director of the Alliance, and Dr. Patricia Pittman, the former Director of the Alliance and Associate Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, made introductory remarks about the history and impact of the Alliance, the importance of the code to ensure the fair and ethical recruitment of foreign-educated health care professionals, and how the Alliance fits into global efforts.

The panel, which shared their diverse perspectives on recruitment and human resources for health issues, included:

  • Dr. David Benton, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses
  • Dr. Jim Campbell, the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Lila Matthew, a foreign-educated nurse representing the National Association of Indian Nurses of America
  • Dr. Mitchell Wolfe, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Shaffer commented, “It was exciting to have such a compelling group of panelists and guests discussing international recruitment and the Alliance’s place to address it. Being at the National Constitution Center served as the perfect backdrop to discuss the importance of bringing stakeholders together to find common ground and develop a framework to move forward in a way that respects everyone’s rights.”

The launch event, which was sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, also marked the beginning of efforts to increase the number of recruiters certified by the Alliance. For instance, a concierge-style service is being rolled out to help recruiters quickly resolve issues in the credential evaluation of foreign-educated health professionals by CGFNS International, Inc. In addition, the Alliance will update the Code to reflect current market conditions. Later this spring, the Alliance will launch a companion code aimed at ensuring ethical treatment of recruited teachers.

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