The Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) and CGFNS International, Inc. have signed a resolution to encourage Filipino nurses coming to the U.S. to use ethical recruiters that have been certified by the Alliance for International Ethical Recruitment Practices (Alliance), and to encourage staffing and placement firms to seek Alliance certification. The goal is to the ensure recruitment of nurses to the U.S. is fair, ethical, and transparent.
In addition, the PNAA and the Alliance will collaborate on research efforts, surveys, and in educating members about immigration legislation, employment agreement, and ethical recruitment practices.
PNAA President Madelyn D. Yu, MSN, RN and CGFNS International President and CEO Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI formally signed the resolution in a virtual ceremony during the PNAA’s 41st Annual Convention General Assembly on July 4. The resolution was formally approved by the PNAA Executive Board in June.
“This resolution represents an international commitment to ethical recruiting and strengthens the longstanding relationship between the Alliance and PNAA in educating and empowering nurses,” said Dr. Shaffer. Ms. Yu further said that “this resolution embodies and continues to advance my presidential theme of Advocacy.”
The resolution was proposed by a joint task force convened in 2016 by the PNAA and Philippine Overseas labor Office (POLO) to address contract and employment issues faced by Filipino nurses in the U.S.
A division of CGFNS International, the Alliance certifies firms based on demonstrated ethical behaviors and seeks to educate foreign nurses working in the U.S. on their employment rights and protections as defined by its Health Care Code for Ethical International Recruitment and Employment Practices (Code). The Code was developed by stakeholders including employers, recruiters, unions, and organizations such as the PNAA. For more information about the Alliance, visit https://www.cgfnsalliance.org.
About CGFNS International, Inc.
Founded in 1977 and based in Philadelphia, CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral not-for-profit organization proudly serving as the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied health 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 https://www.staging1.cgfns.org.
About The Philippine Nurses Association of America
The Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) was established in 1979 in New Jersey as a professional organization of Filipino-American Nurses in the United States. It now has thousands of members and dozens of subchapters across the country, with the mission to uphold the positive image and welfare of its constituent members, promote professional excellence, provide innovative leadership and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society.