CGFNS Thailand ISPN Program
Nurses wishing to participate in the CGFNS ISPN (International Standards for Professional Nurses) Program must reside in one of the countries in which the program is offered – namely the People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand – must have graduated from a government-approved school and must have their status as a first-level nurse verified. For the CGFNS Thailand ISPN Program, you must be a citizen of Thailand.
Nurses who meet meet these requirements will be approved to take the Internet-based CGFNS Qualifying Exam® that tests nursing knowledge and understanding. It has been administered worldwide since 1977 to nurses educated outside the United States who wish to practice in the United States.
Earning your ISPN certificate
The International Standards for Professional Nurses consists of two components: an initial verification of first-level, general nurse status and the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®. To be eligible to take the exam, you must be educated and licensed as both a first-level and as a general nurse, as defined historically by the International Council of Nurses.
When you pass the exam, you will be awarded the ISPN certificate, which attests to your nursing knowledge. The ISPN certificate also satisfies the examination component of the CGFNS Certification Program and the ICHP VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment.
- First-level nurse
A nurse is a person who has completed a program of basic nursing education and is qualified and authorized in his/her country to practice nursing. Basic nursing education is a formally recognized program of study that provides a broad and sound foundation for the practice of nursing and for post-basic education that develops specific competency.
At the first level, the educational program prepares the nurse – through study of behavioral, life and nursing sciences and clinical experience – for effective practice and the direction of nursing care, and for the leadership role. The first-level nurse is responsible for planning, providing and evaluating nursing care in all settings for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, care of the sick and rehabilitation. The first-level nurse functions as a member of the health team. (International Council of Nurses, ICN Constitution, 1983)
In most countries, including the United States, a first-level nurse is called a registered nurse or a professional nurse. If you are a second-level nurse in your native country, you are not eligible for the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®. In most countries, second-level nurses are called enrolled, vocational or practical nurses, or nursing assistants.
- General nurse
To be eligible for the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®, you must be educated as a general nurse in the country where you received your nursing education. A general nurse has studied theory and has had clinical practice in a broad spectrum of nursing areas. If you are educated and licensed as a maternity, children’s, psychiatric, midwife or other specialized nurse, you are not eligible to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam® unless you also have been educated as a general nurse. Physicians and other health care or allied health professionals are not eligible to take the exam.