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Veteran nurse’s impressive resume hints to success in new role

Monday December 9, 2013
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During his almost 50 years in nursing, Franklin A. Shaffer, RN, EdD, FAAN, has held many impressive appointments.

Previously the executive vice president of Cross Country Healthcare and CNO for Cross Country Staffing, he also has worked for the National League for Nursing and held an Nursing Council Advisory position with the Joint Commission. In June, he added CEO of CGFNS International, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, to the list. Each of these positions, along with his educational milestones, has provided a highlight to his lengthy career.

“Being the first male graduate from my diploma school of nursing gave me deeper insight than most on gender sensitivity,” Shaffer said. “Attending Teacher’s College, as well as the network I established while there, continues to influence me as I travel the world in my current role, for wherever I go, there is alumnus.”

Shaffer said his role at the National League for Nursing provided a new way of thinking and gave insight on nursing education, nursing service and nursing regulations. His leadership in the temporary staffing industry, he said, enlightened him on the unique role of travel nurses and their service in more than 3,000 hospitals across the U.S.

Shaffer’s latest endeavor provides the opportunity to be a global nursing leader. He also serves as the Secretariat for the partnership between the International Centre on Nurse Migration and the CGFNS International. “I have made new friendships around the world and learned from new mentors,” he said. “Although nursing is the largest healthcare profession in number, it is a close-knit group of professionals.”

Among Shaffer’s many other accomplishments are a past presidency of the Friends of The National Institute for Nursing Research and recipient of the R. Louise McManus Medal from Columbia University. He has also been inducted as Virginia Henderson Fellow of Sigma Theta Tau International.

For Shaffer, it isn’t so much the impact he has made in nurisng, but rather the impact nursing has had on him. “Nursing has changed my life,” he said. “I have enjoyed it and [I’d choose] it again. I consider myself lucky to say, ‘I am a nurse.’”

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.


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