CGFNS International, Inc. CEO Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN appeared in Nurse Leader’s June 2014 issue as a “Leader to Honor.”
During the interview, Dr. Shaffer discussed how CGFNS is expanding and diversifying its scope of services to better reflect its aims of impacting healthcare delivery on a global level. Dr. Shaffer also reflected on his wide-ranging career journey prior to joining CGFNS International and how it instilled a love of learning and dedication to moving the nursing profession forward.
Dr. Shaffer spoke about his introduction to the nursing profession as a young boy and how he eventually became the first male ever to enter Mercer Hospital School of Nursing. Since those days, his career has taken him to leadership positions at a hospital, a nursing association, a for-profit national professional journal, a staffing company and now CGFNS, a not-for-profit organization.
“At its core, leadership refers to the capacity to release and engage human potential in the pursuit of common cause—and that is the common thread running through all of these positions,” Dr. Shaffer told Nurse Leader. “Each experience builds on the other—and each experience offers unique perspectives which then became a part of who I am as I journeyed through my professional career.”
Dr. Shaffer also offered advice to those who are new to nurse leadership positions, noting that professional leaders should be thought leaders, relationship builders, and learners.
“Continue to build on your work. Publish what you have learned. Offer to give an address at state and local meetings. Eventually, you will be invited to speak at meetings, and by all means, accept the invitations,” he said. “Keep in touch with people who contact you after reading your work. If you hear about someone who is working on the same or a similar issue, contact them. Let them know that you have read their work, give them due credit, and explore how you could work together. Continually expand your network to include your profession’s clients and peers.”
Read the full “Leader to Honor” interview on the Nurse Leader website.