US tightens screening of 2006 nursing board passers

By Christian V. Esguerra
Inquirer
Last updated 08:53pm (Mla time) 10/30/2006

DOES the stigma attached to the country’s latest batch of nurses remain?

An American organization that determines the eligibility of
foreign-trained nurses to work in the United States is not about to
accept – just yet – applicants from among the passers of the tainted
June 2006 nursing licensure exams.

In a statement posted at its website, the Commission on Graduates of
Foreign Nursing Schools (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.”

After the evaluation, the CGFNS said it would determine “in the near
future” whether the June batch applicants were eligible for VisaScreen
certification.

VisaScreen refers to the program offered 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.”

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