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Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing [18 VAC 90 ‑ 19]
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12/6/19  5:58 pm
Commenter: Teresa Ignacio Gonzalvo, RN, Access Partnership, Board Member

The use of Foreign Nurse Graduate versus RN Applicant

The consistent use of the terminology of RN Applicant needs to be applied across the board. In the current world of our evolving healthcare environment, staffing and nursing shortages continue to be opportunities for improvement. Approximately 8% of nurses across the country are foreign graduates. The stringent requirements of CGFNS have standardized the competencies of our RNs. I would like to clarify the board's proposal to segregate the foreign nurse graduates from the domestic nurse graduates. Why the difference? Is the goal to provide more diversity and culture exposure, provide more clinical orientation hours, increase communication and speech training? Has consideration been given to the foreign nurse graduates experience relative to interviews or interrogations from physicians, collegues, patients and their family? What will the potential impact be to patient care and the work environment? What is the logic behind the separate branding? In this day and age of perceived anti immigration rhetoric, why add fuel to the fire? Let's not eat our young! That happens more often with our new graduates. Thank you for your consideration. From a foreign nurse graduate with over 45 years of clinical and leadership experience, rising through the ranks of management, a military spouse, making a difference in our patient's lives and communities, without any regard to race, creed, color or religion. I respectfully request the board to render the same fairness and respect to my foreign nurse graduate colleagues. The use of the RN applicant across all graduates, will be respecting the ideals of Florence Nightingale and her Notes On Nursing. Not being consistent may leave a negative reminder of our nursing history in our Commonwealth. Thank you.

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