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NLN CNE Goes Global with CGFNS


NLN’s Certified Nurse Educator Program Expands

International Rollout Implemented in Partnership with CGFNS International

“The NLN CGFNS partnership will help make the CNE credential accessible 
to nurse educators seeking this leadership recognition in their respective countries.”

NLN President Dr. Anne Bavier
Washington, DC, June 13, 2016 - The National League for Nursing is pleased to announce the expansion of its Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) program. This academic nurse certification program, now celebrating its 10th year establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. More than 5,000 nursing faculty in the United States have already been recognized as certified nurse educators (CNEs).

The international rollout plan will be implemented in partnership with CGFNS International, Inc. Said NLN president Anne Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This partnership has been borne out of long years of collaboration and the complementary strengths that each organization will bring to making the
CNE credential available and accessible to nurse educators seeking this leadership recognition in their respective countries.”

Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, “Certification recognizes the academic nurse educator’s specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, and excellence in practice. We are honored to work with CGFNS to offer this opportunity to nursing colleagues teaching and mentoring students in a variety of academic and educational settings.”

Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the CGFNS International, Inc. Board of Trustees, expressed his enthusiastic support for this partnership. “Nursing education is fundamental to quality nursing practice and our board is pleased that nurse educators from abroad can now be recognized for their excellence through the CNE program.”

The CEO of CGFNS International, Inc., Franklin Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, shared his appreciation for this partnership with the NLN saying that “CGFNS will bring its 38 years of credential evaluation expertise to validate the qualifications of international nursing faculty for participation in this program. Our global vision and mission provide a perfect fit for us to work with the NLN in this important endeavor.”

Nurse faculty outside the US seeking certification must first apply to CGFNS to have their qualifications evaluated for eligibility. Once approved by CGFNS, faculty may apply to the NLN for authorization to take the CNE exam which is administered online by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP).

For information on the CNE program, email

For information on CGFNS Credential Evaluation Service for CNE applicants, please contact

About the National League for Nursing
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.

Founded in 1977 to provide credential assessment for nurses seeking migration, CGFNS International, Inc., based in Philadelphia, PA, is an immigration-neutral, non-profit organization with NGO consultative status to the United Nations. It has continued to expand its expertise and its spheres of influence to serve the global community of health professionals through its programs and services that verify and promote knowledge-based practice competencies. It is the only organization named in the US federal statute to administer visa screening of foreign-educated nurses and other professionals in seven health care fields.
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