CGFNS International honored Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, R.N., FAAN, FFNMRCSI, with a DAISY Lifetime Achievement award for his varied and impactful nursing career spanning more than 60 years. This award is regarded as one of the nursing profession's highest honors. Health Carousel, which works closely with the DAISY Foundation and CGFNS International, graciously sponsored the award for Dr. Shaffer.
The award presentation surprised Dr. Shaffer and the more than 150 colleagues, relatives, and friends attending his joyous retirement celebration organized by the staff of CGFNS at the historic Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia. Bill DeVille, chairman and co-founder of Health Carousel, and Earl Dalton, the chief nursing officer of Health Carousel, made the formal presentation. The award included a beautiful DAISY Healer's Touch sculpture to commemorate the event. Health Carousel also sponsored a larger DAISY Healer's Touch sculpture that will sit atop a base with a plaque to commemorate the award.
"I have known and worked with Franklin for many years. He has accomplished many great things to ensure high professional practice standards and ethical recruitment practices. He inspired the Alliance's Certified Ethical Recruiter and The Joint Commission's Health Care Staffing Services certifications, both of which will positively impact healthcare staffing and continue to grow for years beyond his retirement" - Bill DeVille, Chairman and Co-Founder of Health Carousel.
Dr. Shaffer's long and storied impact on nursing is hard to adequately convey in brevity. In addition to serving as the CEO of CGFNS International, Dr. Shaffer serves as the Secretariat of the International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM), a strategic partnership between ICN and CGFNS International. He is also the former Deputy Director of the National League for Nursing, the accreditation organization for nursing education. Further, Dr. Shaffer made the business case for The Joint Commission to develop a certification for the healthcare staffing industry. This initiative has since grown to include over 400 healthcare staffing firms. And he is also a veteran who reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant and Head Nurse in the U.S. Army.
"It was truly an honor to present this award and attend the celebration. Health Carousel is also honored for being entrusted by the DAISY Foundation to present this award in the meaningful manner it deserves. We can think of no better nurse to receive this award than Dr. Shaffer. His impact on U.S. and global nursing is truly great." - Earl Dalton, the Chief Nursing Officer of Health Carousel.
Dr. Shaffer's DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award is a capstone on a nursing career that positively impacted the lives of countless nurses and patients worldwide. In addition to this honorary, in August of 2022, he was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the highest designation awarded by AAN.
About CGFNS International, Inc.
Founded in 1977 and based in Philadelphia, CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral not-for-profit organization proudly serving as the world's largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied health professions. CGFNS International is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). For more information, visit the CGFNS website.
About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little-known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidence-based means of providing nurse recognition and thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Today, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 5,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing through recognition awards for direct care nurses, nurse-led teams, nurse leaders, nursing faculty, nursing students, lifetime achievement in nursing, and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at The Daisy Foundation Website.