PHILADELPHIA, PA—CGFNS International, Inc., the world’s largest credentials analysis organization, welcomes nationally recognized authority on nursing regulation, Karen V. Scipio-Skinner MSN, RN, to serve as its Client Engagement Regional Director. Her responsibilities will span the United States at the state, national and federal regulatory levels.
In this inaugural role, Ms. Scipio-Skinner is charged with enhancing client engagement and capturing new opportunities in this sector. Additionally, she will serve as liaison to the federal government.
“I’m honored to have such a seasoned professional join our team and welcome the breadth and depth of the extensive experience that she will bring to our organization,” said Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, the President and CEO of CGFNS International. “We are also looking forward to seeing her role better serve our clients at the state boards of nursing by strengthening communications and informational exchange.”
Throughout her 40 years of experience, Ms. Scipio-Skinner has focused on regulatory and policy matters. She earned her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University and her MSN from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Scipio-Skinner is currently Executive Director of the Board of Nursing of the District of Columbia Department of Health where she is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Board. Throughout her tenure at the DC Board of Nursing, Ms. Scipio-Skinner shepherded through innovations that enhanced professional nursing practice and patient safety for the District.
She has been Director-at-Large at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) since August 2016 and has chaired NCSBN’s Executive Officers Network, also serving as a member of NCSBN’s Commitment to Ongoing Regulatory Excellence Committee and the Awards Committee.
Among many honors, the Washington Business Journal named her as one of the District’s “Top Ten” lobbyists and the National Association of Health Services Executives for the Washington Metropolitan Area selected her as one of 15 Women Leaders in HealthCare
Ms. Scipio-Skinner said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the CGFNS team at a time when client engagement and relationships are the lynchpin to successful organizations. I look forward to working with my regulatory colleagues in this unique and developing role.” Ms. Scipio-Skinner begins her appointment in early January.
About CGFNS International, Inc.
Founded in 1977 to provide credential assessment for nurses seeking migration, CGFNS International, Inc., based in Philadelphia, PA, is an immigration-neutral, non-profit organization with NGO consultative status to the United Nations. It has continued to expand its expertise and its spheres of influence to serve the global health community through its programs and services that verify and promote knowledge-based practice competencies. It is the only organization named in the US federal statute to administer visa screening of foreign-educated nurses and other professionals in seven health care fields.