US Tightens Screening of 2006 Nursing Board Passers

November 16th, 2006

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing (CGFNS), an American organization that determines the eligibility of foreign-trained nurses to work in the United States, is not yet accepting applicants from among the passers of the tainted June 2006 nursing licensure exams.

In a statement posted at its website, the CGFNS said it was still reviewing “whether the licensure process followed in light of the challenged results of the June 2006 exam is comparable with that required for nurses licensed in America, as required by U.S. law.”

The CGFNS will first conduct an evaluation and determine “in the near future” whether the June 2006 batch applicants were eligible for VisaScreen certification.

VisaScreen is the program provided by the CGFNS’ International Commission on Healthcare Professions that helps foreign health care professionals qualify for certain occupational visas. It does so by “verifying and evaluating their credentials to ensure that they meet the government’s minimum eligibility standards.”

“Any VisaScreen applications that CGFNS receives from June 2006 passers will be accepted but deferred for a final decision until this assessment process is complete,” the CGFNS said in the statement.

“If the assessment concludes that the license is not comparable, the VisaScreen application from a June 2006 passer will be denied.”

 Please see the most recent article about the tainted licensure results.