Michigan does away with CGFNS exam

Michigan Governor Jennifer Ganholm has signed into law House Bill 4207, allowing Filipino and other foreign nursing graduates who wish to work in the state to apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) without the need to pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) qualifying tests.

In her report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Consul General Blesila C. Cabrera of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago said the new law “is welcome news to thousands of Filipino nursing graduates in the Philippines who wish to apply for work as registered professional nurses in the United States.”

Cabrera reported that the law was the result of the efforts of the Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan (PNAM). “The success of the PNAM in having the bill signed into law indicates the growing empowerment of Filipino-Americans in the American Midwest, especially on issues affecting the interests of the Filipino-American community,” she said.

House Bill 4207 was signed into law on June 14 at the Governor’s State Office in the State Capitol in Lansing. Witnessing the signing were PNAM President Ellen Dioso, PNAM CGFNS Task Force Chairperson Remedios Solarte, and Representative Y. Hoon Hop good. Rep. Hopgood introduced the Bill in the Michigan State House of Representatives.

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