June 27 – July 1, 2019

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


ICN Congress 2019
Beyond Healthcare
to Health

Good seeing you in Singapore!

CGFNS Symposia (90 minutes)

The Future of Nursing Regulations: Key Issues and Challenges

July 1 at 14:30 | Room 1, Plenary Room (organized by ICN)
Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, President and CEO

Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International, Inc. Dr. Shaffer earned his doctorate in nursing administration and education at Columbia University and has 50 years of progressive and varied nursing experience which includes administration, education, clinical practice, and research. He is a frequent speaker and consultant at conferences and conventions around the world.

Dr. Shaffer serves as the Secretariat of the International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM), a strategic partnership between the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and CGFNS International, Inc. ICNM occupies a key role in establishing effective global and national migration policy and practice that facilitates safe, quality, and accessible patient care and positive practice environments for nurse migrants. He is the former Deputy Director of the National League for Nursing, the accreditation organization for nursing education. Dr. Shaffer made the business case for The Joint Commission (TJC) to develop a certification for the healthcare staffing industry, an initiative that has since grown to include over 400 healthcare staffing firms.

Throughout his career, Dr. Shaffer has authored eight books and over 200 publications. He also serves on several leading professional journals and editorial boards, and most recently was selected as Chair of the International Advisory Board of the American Journal of Nursing. Recently, he was appointed Adjunct Faculty at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Shaffer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, and Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Nursing Workforce Migration: Regulation to Ensure Patient Safety Across Borders

June 28, 17:30-19:00 | Room 7
Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, President and CEO

Nursing Workforce Migration: Regulation to Ensure Patient Safety Across Borders

Organizer(s): CGFNS International, Inc.
Date: Friday, 28 June 2019
Time: 17:30-19:00
Location: Room 7
Description: Today’s global demographic shifts are shaping different debates regarding the interface of international nurse migration. The relationships between migration and globalization are undeniably dynamic realities impacting all regions of the globe. Continuous surges in the movement of people, advances in technology, changes in labor markets, and the movement of products across borders, all due to globalization, pose intricate challenges for regulatory sectors, health systems, and patient safety. The issue confronting global nursing are presented via a discourse on the politics of nurse regulatory and licensure services. This symposium will introduce, compare, and contrast the regulatory models of different countries and regions of destination. While there are some divergences, these systems all aim to meet service needs, facilitate safe, orderly, and regular migration, guarantee professional competence, and ensure patient safety.

Speakers and presentation titles:

  • Speaker 1:           Dr. James BUCHAN [UK], Adjunct Faculty, University of Technology Sydney; President and CEO, CGFNS International, Inc.
  • Speaker 2:           Dr. Rosario CARUSO [ITALY], Head of Health Professions Research and Development Unit – IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Italy – Executive Board Member, Nursing regulatory Board of Milan, Lodi, Monza & Brianza (View Presentation)
    Dr. Caruso have achieved his PhD in Nursing Science and Public Health in 2016 (University of Rome Tor Vergata), after three previous masters (i.e. nursing and midwifery science; clinical research; healthcare management). Currently, he serves as the chief of the health professions research and development unit at Policlinico San Donato (PSD) in Milan, Italy. He is also an executive board member with the local regulatory board in Milan, Lodi and Monza (OPI), where he serves as the chief of the research area.
  • Speaker 3:           Ms. Lynn POWER, RN MN [CANADA], Executive Director, Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador AND Board Chair, National Nursing Assessment Services
    Lynn is currently the Executive Director with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL). This role is accountable to provide strategic leadership, strengthen the nursing profession and uphold the Association’s commitment to regulatory excellence. Employed at ARNNL since 2001, initially as a Practice Consultant and then as the Director of Policy and Practice, and since 2013 as ED, she has represented registered nurses of the province on numerous provincial, national, and international initiatives and committees. Nationally, as of 2016, she has assumed the roles of Board Chair for the National Nursing Assessment Services (NNAS) and Vice Chair for the Canadian Council of RN Regulators (CCRNR). She is a long-time volunteer with VON, being on the St. John’s Board for seven years and recently completing nine years on the VON National Board of Directors, being the Board chair from 2012-2014. From 2015-2016 she was a board member for the Canadian Mental Health Association – NL Division. Her volunteer work internationally involved a collaboration with the Canadian Nurses Association, as a consultant for the Vietnamese Nurses Association for almost 9 years. Before joining the ARNNL staff, she worked within Eastern Health in a variety of roles spanning clinical, frontline leadership and educational services. Lynn is a RN with graduate level preparation (MN) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is married with two daughters and three active grandsons and needless to say, enjoys time at her cabin.
  • Speaker 4:           Dr. Franklin A. SHAFFER [UNITED STATES] President and CEO, CGFNS International, Inc.
  • Speaker 5:           Ms. Tanya VOGT [AUSTRALIA], Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

The Nursing Profession and the UN Global Compacts for Migration and on Refugees

June 29, 13:00-14:30 | Room 7
Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, President and CEO
Peter Preziosi, PhD, RN, CAE, Chief Innovation & Business Development Officer

The Nursing Profession and the UN Global Compacts for Migration and on Refugees

Organizer(s): CGFNS International, Inc.
Date: Saturday, 29 June 2019
Time: 13:00-14:30
Location: Room 7
Description: Today, there are more than 258 million international migrants around the world and this number is only expected to grow due to population growth increased globalization, rising inequality, climate change, among other factors. In September 2016, 193 UN member states committed to developing a global strategy on issues related to migration and refugees around the globe. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees stem from the 106 UN General Assembly Resolution 71/1, New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants. This session will demonstrate how nurses can leverage their knowledge, experience, talents, and compassion to advance the Global Compacts. This symposium will cover the CGFNS project Refugee Health Workforce—Deploying Blockchain Technology to Recertify Refugee Healthcare Workers, a project aimed at recertifying Syrian refugee nurses and health workers in Jordan.

Speakers and presentation titles:

  • Moderator: Dr. Jim CAMPBELL, World Health Organization
  • Speaker 1: Dr Patrick Duigan. MBBS, MPH&TM, DTM&H, DCH, DHA, Regional Migration Health Advisor, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
    Dr Duigan works as the regional migration health advisor with IOM, (the International Organization for Migration), in their regional office for Asia and the Pacific based out of Bangkok. Dr Duigan has been working in the field of migration health for over 10 years and has worked in multiple humanitarian and development settings including in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Myanmar, Haiti, Philippines, Nepal and in regional roles. Dr Duigan provides support to IOM country missions, governments, and other stakeholders covering a range of migration health issues across 42 countries from Iran to Tonga.
  • Speaker 2: Dr. Gladys Honein-AbouHaidar, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Hariri School of Nursing and a co-director of the Refugee Health Program at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
    Dr. Honein-AbouHaidar primary research interest focuses on building evidence to support the establishment of an organized colorectal cancer screening program in Lebanon. She is also involved in several research projects with the Refugee Health Program covering the impact of the crisis on both refugees and nurses working in the host community. Her scholarly work on refugees addresses the issue of adaptive mechanisms to improve livelihoods and access to health care. Whereas the impact of the refugee crisis on nurses addresses the issue of resilience, fatigue, and rationing of care among nurses. She employs mixed methodology research approach to generate critical knowledge to inform and advance policy change.
  • Speaker 3: Mrs. Sineva RIBEIRO, President, Swedish Association of Health Professionals
    Mrs Sineva Ribeiro has a BSc in Nursing and specialist in colorectal surgery. At the Sahlgrenska University Hospital she was very respected and appreciated and before she became involved full time in the role of elected representative for the trade union, she initiated and developed the pre-operational unit at the same clinic. She was re-elected president of Vårdförbundet (Swedish Association of Health Professionals) in May 2018. She has a burning interest in leadership issues and has studied leadership on different perspectives during the time she was chair of the local branch of Gothenburg region, the largest local branch in Sweden. She has studied both at the University Hospital and at Chalmers University of Technology. Besides being the President she is also on the board of TCO (The Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees) and the board of SBU (The Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care), which has a mandate from the Swedish Government for comprehensive assessment of healthcare technology from medical, economic, ethical and social standpoints. She is 50 years old, married to Manuel and they have two grown up children. As her parents come from Portugal in the 60’s this has affected her very much, living with two cultures. She is a trained interpreter and speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish and English.
  • Speaker 4: Mr. Nicholas Gennaro SCIASCI, Programme Manager, International Centre on Nurse Migration; CGFNS International, Inc.

Dr. Peter Preziosi serves as Chief Innovation and Business Development Officer for CGFNS International Inc. Dr. Preziosi oversees the development and roll out of new services and programs. This includes sourcing and securing strategic collaborative partnerships that will enable the digitization of the company’s lines of business to remain cutting edge in credentials evaluation, forensics science and workforce development.

Peter most recently led Global Healthcare Strategy for Verizon Communications Inc. and Concentrix Corporation. While at these technology and service delivery companies, Dr. Preziosi was responsible for thought leadership, strategic innovation and go-to-market direction on solutions and offerings.

Preziosi has worked over 20 years on healthcare reform efforts and in building public/private partnerships in various national and international organizations including the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National League for Nursing and AMDEC Foundation, a New York State biomedical research consortium. He also worked for the City of New York’s Health & Hospital Corporation and directed the Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care.

Peter holds a PhD and MGA in Health Policy and Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, a MEd from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, where he is a Certified Association Executive.

ICNM Symposium (90 minutes)

The Global Mobility of Nurses, and the Impact of ASEAN and EU Regulation and Recognition Agreements

June 30, 13:00-14:30 | Room 2 – Interpretation
James Buchan, MA (hon), PhD, DPM

ASEAN: The Impact of Nurse Recognition and Mobility Agreements in Asia and Beyond

Organizer(s): International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM)
Date: Sunday, 30 June 2019
Time: 13:00-14:30
Location: Room 2


  • To identify the main implications, progress, and constraints on nurse recognition and mobility in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region
  • To highlight key global nurse mobility issues
  • To compare with the main characteristics of the longer established EU free market for nurses
  • To identify and reflect on country experiences of nurse stakeholders—education, employment, and regulation

Speakers and presentation titles:

  • Moderator: Howard CATTON, Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Nurses
  • Speaker 1: Dr. Noriko FUJITA, Director, Department of Global Network and Partnership, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine (JAPAN)
    Dr. Noriko FUJITA, MD, PhD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Specialist of Ob/Gyn, has over 30 years’ experience providing technical, programmatic and management support in reproductive, maternal and newborn health (RMNH) and human resource development to several countries in Asia and Africa. Positions held include Chief advisor of JICA project for HRD system development for nursing professional in Cambodia, Technical advisor to human resource managers’ network in Francophone Africa, Chief Advisor of JICA Afghanistan Reproductive Health Project, JICA MCH project in Cambodia. She took leadership on research activities from the field experiences. Topics include human resource system development in post-conflict countries (an analytical framework developed as “House-model”), retention of health professionals in rural area in Africa, and on regulatory framework development in ASEAN Mekong Countries. Her professional interests include health system strengthening, effective human resource management, especially maintaining qualified and motivated professionals towards UHC.
  • Speaker 2: Dr. James BUCHAN, Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney; Consultant, CGFNS International, Inc.
  • Panelist 1: Dr. Erlina C. PALAGANAS, President, Philippine Nurses Association
  • Panelist 2: Dr. Wipada Kunaviktikul, Dean, Faculty of Nursing,  Chiang Mai University, Thailand
    Dr. Wipada Kunaviktikul is a Professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. She is the Director of Nursing Policy and Outcome Center and the Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Development. Dr. Wipada received her doctoral degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, and was a research fellow at the Harvard University School of Public Health, USA for one year. In 2013, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Wipada has over two decades of research experience, specifically in the areas of nursing administration, policy, health care system, and quality of care. She has served as the Chair of the Master Degree Program in Nursing Administration for the past 10 years and is Chair of Graduate Studies and a member of the Doctoral Administrative Committee at the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University. Her publications have been widely published in Thai and international journals, and she is a much sought after speaker throughout the region and across the world. She has delivered talks on health promotion, nursing education, research, partnership, leadership and administration.
  • Panelist 3: Ms. Annie Butler, Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
    Annie Butler is the Federal Secretary for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Annie was formally appointed to the role in June 2018, having served as the Assistant Federal Secretary since March 2014, and following years of experience in the clinical, professional and industrial areas of nursing. Annie is a registered nurse with more than a decade’s experience working in public hospitals, the community and on health education projects, and a further decade working in research and education. She worked for the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association, for a further decade, as a professional officer, organiser and lead organiser, prior to moving to the national position of Assistant Federal Secretary and now holding the position of Federal Secretary Annie believes that we must fight to maintain the professions of nursing and midwifery in Australia and ensure their advancement. She is passionate about improving Australia’s system of health and aged care and the critical role nurses and midwives have to play in the future of our health system. Annie is particularly keen to see nurses drive change for improvements in Australia’s aged care sector. Annie has a degree in Health Science, an Honour’s degree in Nursing and is currently completing a Bachelor of Economics.

CGFNS Presentations (10 minutes)

Nursing Advocacy: Advocating to Protect the Global Nursing Workforce

June 28, 16:00-17:30 | Room 1 (Plenary Room)
Presenter: Karen Skinner

GDPR – Privacy Beyond Borders

June 28, 17:30-19:00 | Room 10
Presenter: Peter Preziosi

UN Global Compacts for Migration: A Win-Win for All

June 28, 17:30-19:00 | Room 5
Presenter: Carol Tuttas

International Nurse Recruitment: Trends and Challenges

June 29, 16:00-17:30 | Room 1 (Plenary Room)
Presenter: Nico Sciasci

Mr. Sciasci is the Programme Manager at the International Centre on Nurse Migration, a partnership knowledge resource created by CGFNS International, Inc. and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Nico manages all aspects of the Centre’s activities which include creating research publications on trends, issues, and challenges facing global nurse migration, as well as graphic design, website administrator and content lead.

​Prior to becoming the Programme Manager, Nico was the Programme Coordinator and former Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of CGFNS International, Inc. and held positions in international non-profit and local governmental organisations. Nico earned a Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Global Health and Development from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Advantages of Global Migration: Culture, Diversity, and Beyond

June 29, 16:00-17:30 | Room 1 (Plenary Room)
Presenter: Carol Tuttas

Dr. Tuttas received her entry level nursing education in Ontario, Canada. She relocated with her husband to southeast Florida in 1992, which became their permanent home. Carol went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Lynn University, Boca Raton FL. Shortly afterward, she and her husband became naturalized U.S. citizens. While her career advanced in a trajectory from clinical nursing expert to leadership and progressive management roles in both acute and long-term care settings, Carol fed her passion for growth, earning her master’s degree (nursing), at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL. Her terminal degree is a research PhD, earned at the University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her areas of interest include nursing workforce sustainability and evolving healthcare practice environment phenomena.

Carol joined CGFNS in January 2013; a natural progression, given (a) her own career path as a migrant nurse, (b) her years of nursing experience both clinically and administratively, and (c) her related research interests. As one of the organization’s virtual executives, Carol fulfills the role of Chief Learning Officer; responsible for the corporate university and the human resources department. Carol enjoys leading and managing teams, writing for publication, reviewing manuscripts for refereed journals, cardio & weight training, quality time with her husband (and 6 parrots), and of course, an occasional afternoon at the beach!

Codes for Ethical Recruitment: Empowering Nurses to Succeed

June 30, 11:30-13:00 | Room 3
Presenter: Karen Skinner

Karen Scipio-Skinner currently serves as CGFNS International’s Client Engagement Regional Director. In this inaugural role, she is charged with enhancing client engagement with United States Boards of Nursing and serving as liaison to the federal government.

For most of her over 40 years of experience, Ms. Scipio-Skinner has focused on regulatory and policy matters. She earned her BSN from North Carolina A & T University and her MSN from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Ms. Scipio-Skinner previously served as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Board of Nursing where she was 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 served as Director-at-Large at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and has chaired NCSBN’s Executive Officers Network. Prior to her tenure at the Board of Nursing she was the Nurse Associate for Practice, Education and Policy for the District of Columbia Nurses Association.

Among many honors, the Washington Business Journal named her as one of the District’s “Top Ten” lobbyists. She was awarded the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence; she was selected as the Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington-Area’s Nurse of the Year; and as one of the National Association of Health Service Executive’s Top 15 Women Executives in Health Care.

Credentials Restoration: Solving Global Shortages with Refugee Health Workers

July 1, 11:30-13:00 | Room 3
Presenter: Peter Preziosi

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