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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2015
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On August 14, 2015, CGFNS International, Inc. (CGFNS) was notified that it has been approved by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with consultative status to the United Nations. This status provides CGFNS with access to many high level meetings of the UN and a number of other important events that are by invitations only.
ECOSOC is the principal organ that coordinates the economic, social and related work of the 14 United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to member States and the United Nations system. ECOSOC consists of 54 Member States with representation allotted to Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe and others.
“I am very pleased with this approval as a NGO with consultative status to the United Nations,” remarked Franklin Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International, Inc. “This status will enable CGFNS to contribute its expertise to matters germane to human resources for health on a global scale while at the same time, taking on an advocacy role for the continuous improvement of health services across a broad continuum of care.”
The work of ECOSOC is conducted through meetings and discussion sessions throughout the year. Its main meeting in July alternates between New York and Geneva.
In the following podcast CEO Dr. Franklin Shaffer and Director of Global Learning, Research and Development Dr. Catherine Davis from CGFNS International are interviewed for their article “The Future of Nursing: Domestic Agenda, Global Implications”. The article was published in the October 2014 issue of Journal of Transcultural Nursing with co-authors Dr. Julia To Dutka and Attorney Donna Richardson.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2014
Job Integration Factors As Predictors of Travel Nurse Job Performance, A Mixed-Methods Study
Philadelphia, PA- Carol A. Tuttas, PhD, RN authored a study published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality titled, “Job Integration Factors As Predictors of Travel Nurse Job Performance, A Mixed-Methods Study”. In addition to being published for a third time in this particular journal, Dr. Tuttas was asked to create a video abstract of her study to bring attention to the importance of the topic being researched.
Dr. Tuttas has had extensive experience working with travel nurses. Travel nurses and their work environment are underrepresented in academic studies, despite their contributions to the safety and well-being of patients every day. Dr. Tuttas had a rare opportunity to conduct a mixed-methods study that involved a sampling of full-time travel nurses. In this study, the relationships between onboarding (orientation and integration) and job performance were explored. One unique feature of this study was the use of web-based focus group interviews with travel nurses who might otherwise be excluded from the study due to their geographic dispersion. The results of the study can inform nurse managers preparing to receive travel nurses. Application of the knowledge yielded in this study can lead to onboarding frameworks that more effectively meet travel nurses’ needs and facilitate optimal job performance in the best interest of patient safety and satisfaction.
Dr. Tuttas says of her accomplishment that “It was rewarding to create an opportunity for travel nurses to participate in a study about them. It is an honor to have my study published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, the journal in which my first manuscript was published in 2002!”
Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer, CEO of CGFNS International, Inc., lauded Dr. Tuttas’s work as a significant contribution to the literature on nursing practice. He remarked on its potential in shedding light on strengthening the onboarding experience of foreign-educated nurses in the United States to achieve better patient safety outcomes.
June 2014 Issue of Nurse Leader titled, “Leader to Honor” spotlights Franklin Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN and Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International. Dr. Franklin Shaffer responds to questions about his influences and career experiences which gives us a better understanding of what drives his passion for nursing. The first male to enter Mercer Hospital School of Nursing, Franklin Shaffer reviews his impressive career and inspires us to create a learning organization that promotes the potential of each person, and to remember that you cannot do it alone.
“Collaboration among education and service organizations is essential for the good of the patient and the advancement of the profession,” says Dr. Shaffer. He reminds us to keep the passion burning by surrounding ourselves with smart and knowledgeable people and to keep learning, working and encouraging.
Read more on Dr. Shaffer’s 50 years in the field of nursing, education and research.
CGFNS International Well Represented at Fifth Triad in Geneva, Switzerland
Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Chief Nurse Officer, U.S. Public Health Service, Madam Xiuhua Li, President of The Chinese Nurses Association with Franklin Shaffer, CEO of CGFNS International at the Fifth Triad (consisting of the World Health Organization International Confederation of Midwives and the International Council of Nurses), a series of high level meetings and workshops held in Geneva, Switzerland in May of 2014. This conference brought together leaders from numerous health professions regulation to discuss issues surrounding the preparation of a health care workforce for the 21st Century.
Madam Xiuhua Li, President of The Chinese Nurses Association with Franklin Shaffer, CEO of CGFNS International at the Triad, a group comprised of the World Health Organization International Confederation of Midwives and the International Council of Nurses. The Triad, the first one of its kind since 2012, is a series of high level meetings and workshops held in Geneva, Switzerland in May of 2014. This conference brought together leaders from numerous health professions regulation to discuss: different models of health professional regulation; regulatory body governance and performance; and trade in services and implications for regulation.
2014 National Nurses Week
Leaders of national nursing organizations met with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN and RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN and Chief Nurse Officer, U.S. Public Health Service on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.
CGFNS International Inc.’s CEO, Dr. Franklin Shaffer, and Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs Dr. Janice Phillips were in attendance.
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Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of our nation. During National Nurses Week, we thank nurses for the work they do each and every day to support America’s health.
ISPN Collaborative Network Advancing Nursing Education
in the People’s Republic of China
CGFNS International, Inc. today applauded the 88 government-approved nursing colleges, medical universities with a nursing specialty, and other institutions that are members of the CGFNS International Standards for Professional Nurses® (ISPN) Collaborative Network in the People’s Republic of China. This Network provides a platform for institutions committed to advancing nursing education and practice by incorporating international content and perspectives into their curriculum.
“The strength of the Network,” said Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN and CEO of CGFNS International, “lies in its shared commitment to raising the standard of nursing education in China. It has provided impetus for change and we are proud to support this vision.”
CGFNS introduced the CGFNS International Standards for Professional Nurses® (ISPN) Program to China for first-level, general nurses to enhance their professional status at home and abroad in 2008. Qualified first-level general nurses can validate their nursing knowledge against an international standard by passing the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®. Since 2009, nursing institutions have come together to establish this Collaborative Network to support the goals and objectives inherent in the CGFNS ISPN® Program. Over the years, this Network has become a critical resource for internationalizing nursing curriculum in China. Its activities have included conferences and exchanges focusing on the international dimensions of nursing education in China.
Membership requirements are established by the ISPN® Collaborative Network Administrative Committee and institutions applying for membership will undergo a professional panel review. For information, contact China Health Human Resources Management Center, the Secretariat of the Network, at email@example.com.
First CGFNS International Certified P-ISPN Instructor
Seeks to Improve Nursing Education in The People’s Republic of China
CGFNS International, Inc., congratulated Ling Liu, a nursing instructor at the Huaiyin Advanced Vocational and Technical School of Health in Jiangsu Province, for her success in becoming the first certified instructor for the CGFNS International Standards for Professional Nurses® (ISPN) Program in The People’s Republic of China. She looks forward to developing China’s nursing talents with an international vision and high practice standards.
“I applaud Ms. Liu in attaining this certification so she can inspire her nursing students and other nursing faculty to pursue this professional credential,” said Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN and CEO of CGFNS International.
“Nursing education in The People’s Republic of China is undergoing a major change,” said Ms. Liu. “The forthcoming changes will focus on interdisciplinary knowledge, examination of clinical practices, and increased use of simulations.” Ms. Liu anticipates integrating theoretical concepts with clinical practices throughout the curriculum. She views critical thinking and independent judgment as essential dimensions of development for her students.
Ms. Liu also said China is lacking English proficient nursing instructors. Achieving a proficient level of English competency to pass the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® has been both a challenge and a source of professional satisfaction for her. Huaiyin Advanced Vocational and Technical School of Health praised Ms. Liu for her hard work and dedication in becoming a Certified P-ISPN Instructor.
The Huaiyin Advanced Vocational and Technical School of Health’s goal is to provide nursing education for Chinese nurses who wish to practice in global settings. The School became one of the 88 members of the ISPN Collaborative Network in 2013 after being recognized during the First National English Nursing Practice Skill Competition organized by Health Human Resources Development Center (HHRDC), Ministry of Health, People’s Republic of China, in 2011.
Two of Liu Ling’s colleagues who also participated in the 2013 CGFNS International Summer Institute for Nursing Faculty in 2013 and 19 other instructors are currently studying for the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® which will be administered on November 12, 2014 under the ISPN Program in The People’s Republic of China.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2014
CGFNS INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIES FIRST P-ISPN INSTRUCTOR
CGFNS International, Inc. certified the first P-ISPN instructor for the CGFNS International Standards for Professional Nurses® (ISPN) Program in the People’s Republic of China. This certification program was launched in September 2013 to establish a benchmark to recognize nursing instructors who are deemed prepared to assist nurses to achieve international standards in their nursing education in China.
Ling Liu, a nursing instructor at the Huaiyin Advanced Vocational and Technical School of Health in Jiangsu Province, became certified after successfully completing the CGFNS International Summer Institute for Nursing Faculty and passing the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® for registered nurses offered under the CGFNS ISPN® Program. CGFNS International created the CGFNS ISPN® Program for countries desiring to measure their nursing education standards against an international benchmark. The CGFNS ISPN® Program has been offered in The People’s Republic of China since 2009. The Program continues to expand through a collaborative network of 88 nursing colleges, medical universities with a nursing specialty, and other institutions.
“Based on our experience in the CGFNS ISPN® Program,” said Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN and CEO of CGFNS International, “we recognized the need to support professional development for nursing faculty in order to advance nursing education in China. This certification program serves as a catalyst for this forward momentum.”
The Summer Institute provides nursing faculty from across China an opportunity to gain critical insight into nursing education from an international perspective. By infusing western nursing concepts and practices into Chinese nursing curriculum, nursing faculty can explore instructional methodologies to strengthen teaching and learning in nursing education.
In congratulating Ling Liu, Dr. Shaffer expressed his support for expanding the CGFNS ISPN® Program for nurses and the P-ISPN certification program for nursing faculty in China.