CGFNS International, Inc. President and CEO Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI was interviewed by on CGFNS’ history, its evolution and impact, and development goals for the future.

“Nurses see CGFNS as the organization that provides them with the opportunity to migrate, and we consider migration to be a global right for all,” Dr. Shaffer told “We have been called a lifeline because we enable nurses to make broader career choices whether it be to migrate to the U.S. and Canada or to other countries around the world.”

Dr. Shaffer provided an overview of CGFNS’ 40 years of experience as a credential evaluation organization serving migrating nurses around the world and as an advocate for ethical nurse recruitment and employment through its Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices division.

He also mentioned the importance of CGFNS’ partnership with the International Council of Nurses, the International Centre on Nurse Migration, as a global database for research regarding nursing and nurse mobility that can be used to develop policies supporting internationally educated nurses. Dr. Shaffer also noted that CGFNS holds consultative status with the United Nations, giving an organization an official voice at the policy table when it comes to nurse migration and global health.

“As an organization, we have grown and developed to help meet some of the leading issues pertaining to the global nursing workforce,” Dr. Shaffer said. “We know that there are over 20 million nurses in the world and we also know that there is a present shortage, both in numbers and in skillsets.”

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About CGFNS International, Inc.
Founded in 1977, to provide credentials analysis for nurses seeking migration, CGFNS International, Inc., based in Philadelphia, is an immigration-neutral not-for-profit organization proudly serving as the world’s largest credentials analysis organization for the nursing and allied healthcare professions. CGFNS International is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). For more information, visit