Support the Petition to use RN Applicant as Signatory versus Foreign Graduate Nurse
I support this petition to amend the regulation 18VAC90-19-130 Section D1 in using the designation foreign graduate nurse on name tags or when signing official records from the date of an approval when working as a non supervisory staff nurse in a licensed nursing home or certified nursing facility and replace this with RN applicant. First, the foreign educated nurse (FEN) has rightfully earned the title RN upon passing the board exam from her/his country of origin. Second, the FEN undergoes a pre-visa screening by CGFNS who officially screens the RNs credentials prior to admission and employment in the US. The designation of Foreign Graduate Nurse instead of RN applicant creates a layer of differentiation that is unnecessary where they should already be in equal footing with their colleagues and have the general public's trust and confidence in their professional skills and competency as a registered nurse from day 1.