CGFNS Nursing Podcast

The CGFNS Nursing Podcast is focused on how migrant nurses and healthcare professionals are making a difference around the world. Each episode will cover one of a variety of topics that will appeal to applicants, regulators, employers, certification organizations, and others interested in the migration of internationally educated healthcare professionals and how CGFNS changes lives.

Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International, Inc., an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification pertaining to the education, registration, and licensure of nurses and healthcare professionals worldwide. 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 meetings and conferences around the world and is an NGO representative at the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Dr. Olivia Li has over 25 years of international registered nursing, teaching and leadership experience in China, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Li’s contributions to the nursing and healthcare environment extend far beyond the institutions she has served, as she is a lifelong advocate of teaching and learning with a breadth of experience in academic, hospital, and clinical settings.

Mary Joy Garcia-Dia is the president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA). She currently works as the program director for Nursing Informatics in the Information Technology Department and the Center for Professional Nursing Practice at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Mary Joy has over 14 years of nursing experience in critical care and medical-surgical specialties.

Dr. Albuquerque has been a Registered Nurse since 1979, a graduate from the College of Nursing, Armed Forces Medical College in India. Dr. Albuquerque, migrated to the US in 2004, after which she achieved her certification as an acute care nurse practitioner and doctoral degree in nursing. Dr. Albuquerque is the 8th President of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America, a minority organization for Indian nurses in the US. She mentors minority nurses to navigate the US health care system in her leadership role.

Professor Patricia M. Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, Professor Davidson was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.