About Us

Mission

The mission of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices (Alliance) is to facilitate the adoption and compliance with ethical, responsible, and transparent practices; with voluntary standards that aim to ensure ethical recruitment of foreign-educated professionals to the United States.

History

The Alliance for Ethical Recruitment Practices is a non-profit organization that works to ensure all foreign-educated professional are recruited in a fair, ethical, and transparent manner for employment in the United States.

The Alliance was established in 2008 to advance a voluntary code of ethics developed by stakeholders across the healthcare sector to establish common ground in defining fair and transparent recruitment practices. On September 18, 2017, the Alliance launched the new ’Health Care Code for Ethical International Recruitment and Employment Practices’ which has since been adopted by 16 firms, representing thousands of employees.

The Alliance has developed a monitoring, remediation, and verification process to certify that organizations are meeting ethical standards. Certified recruitment firms have undergone assessment of their practices and are subject to recertification every two years. Through public reporting, the Alliance provides foreign-educated health professionals and health care organizations with credible information to make responsible decisions when they are considering contracting with a recruiter.

In 2019, the Alliance presented at the World Health Organization to apply lessons from the Alliance Code beyond the United States. The Philippines Nurses Association of America (PNAA) incorporated the Alliance Code into its Code of Ethics in 2019.

A comprehensive assessment of the State of Foreign Educated Health Professional Recruitment was developed by the Alliance, and its parent CGFNS; it was submitted to the American Journal of Nursing and is published in the January 2020 edition.

Our Proud Donors

The Alliance would like to thank the following organizations for their generous financial support:

AFT Healthcare
American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment
American Hospital Association
American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Federation of American Hospitals
National Association of Indian Nurses of America
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Federation of Nurses
New York State Nurses Association
Ohio Nurses Association
SEIU

The Alliance welcomes donations from public and private entities that do not directly engage, or plan to be engaged, in the international recruitment of health professionals. Employer and recruitment companies that recruit internationally are encouraged to subscribe to the Code and participate in the monitoring program.

Board of Governors

Chair

Barbara Green, PhD
Senior Vice President, New Business Initiatives, GNYHA Ventures, Inc.

Barbara Green, PhD

Barbara Green, PhD 
Senior Vice President, New Business Initiatives, GNYHA Ventures, Inc.

Barbara Green, PhD, joined GNYHA in 1984. She works for GNYHA Ventures’ New Business Initiative Department and is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of contracts in a wide variety of areas. Before joining GNYHA, Dr. Green was Special Assistant to Bellevue Hospital Center’s Executive Director, worked for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, and for Senator Jacob K. Javits. Dr. Green earned a BA from Bradley University, an MPA from American University, and a PhD from New York University.

Ex Officio

Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN
CGFNS International, Inc.

Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN

Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN
CGFNS International, Inc.

Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CGFNS International, Inc., an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification pertaining to the education, registration, and licensure of nurses and healthcare professionals worldwide. Dr. Shaffer earned his doctorate in nursing administration and education at Columbia University and has 50 years of progressive and varied nursing experience which includes administration, education, clinical practice, and research. He is a frequent speaker and consultant at meetings and conferences around the world and is an NGO representative at the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Dr. Shaffer serves as the Secretariat of the International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM), a strategic partnership between ICN and CGFNS International. ICNM occupies a key role in establishing effective global and national migration policy and practice that facilitates safe, quality, and accessible patient care and positive practice environments for nurse migrants. He is the former Deputy Director of the National League for Nursing, the accreditation organization for nursing education. Dr. Shaffer made the business case for The Joint Commission (TJC) to develop a certification for the healthcare staffing industry, an initiative that has since grown to include over 400 healthcare staffing firms.

Throughout his career, Dr. Shaffer has authored eight books and over 200 publications. He also serves on several leading professional journals and editorial boards, and most recently was selected as Chair of the International Advisory Board of the American Journal of Nursing. Recently, he was appointed Visiting Scholar at Tor Vergata University in Rome, Italy and the University of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Tirana, Albania, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Shaffer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, and Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Director

Mukul Bakhshi, JD
Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices

Mukul Bakhshi, JD

Mukul Bakhshi, JD
Columbia University School of Law

Mukul Bakhshi, the new Director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment, has extensive experience in political and legal advocacy, social justice, and non-profit strategy formulation.  He has served as a management and strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and Altman Vilandrie & Company, where he developed the organizational strategy for a major non-profit consumer protection organization and a statewide telehealth network.  He co-founded Standard Start, a non-profit startup working with stakeholders including the New York City Deputy Mayor’s Office, attorneys, and incubators to provide entrepreneurs with information on basic elements of founding and running a business.  Previously, he worked at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where he focused on prisoner reentry issues and served as the Policy Associate for the Small Business Development and LGBT Issues policy committees for Mayor-elect Cory Booker’s transition team.  He has also taught in the Millburn Township Public Schools in New Jersey.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU-CT and served as the Chair of the Yale-New Haven Chapter of the ACLU.

Mukul Bakhshi received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and subsequently was admitted to the bar in the state of New York.  He was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received a Parker School Certificate for International Law.  He received his B.A. at Yale University, where he double-majored in history and economics.

Board of Governors

Lydia Albuquerque, PhD
National Association of Indian Nurses of America

Lydia Albuquerque, PhD

Lydia Albuquerque, PhD
National Association of Indian Nurses of America

Dr. Lydia Albuquerque currently serves as an Assistant Professor at William Paterson University and an acute care Nurse Practitioner at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Barnabas health. She brings in over three decades of experience in Nursing education, research and administration. Currently, she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate programs. In her role as a faculty in higher education, she has a robust research agenda and has partnered in grants close to 4 million dollars. Her grants address scholarships for disadvantaged students and cardiovascular health among men and women. 

Dr. Albuquerque has presented at national and international conferences. She has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and participates with international researchers to conduct studies relevant to student behaviors, and online learning during COVID -19 apart from her avid interest in cardiovascular health. 

Currently, she serves on the Publication Committee of the American Association of Heart failure Nurses, and Vice President of Sigma Thetau International Iota chapter She has received the DIVA award from the Institute for Nurses (IFN), New Jersey State Nurses Association ( NJSNA) that recognizes leaders for their contributions to nursing research, nursing education or administration and outstanding professional career accomplishments. In 2020, she was named finalist for the nurse of year, March of Dimes in academia category. She was inducted to the Who’s Who in American Nursing by the Society of Nursing in 2018. 

She is the founding president of the American Association of Indian Nurses of America, New Jersey chapter and has served in NAINA since its inception as a Secretary, Advisory Board member, Election officer, founding chair for the APN forum committee, and currently the Executive Vice President. Dr. Albuquerque is inducted as the President of NAINA for 2021-2022 with a strong determination and commitment to take this organization to a higher level. 

A graduate from college of Nursing, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India, Post-Graduate in Nursing from SNDT University, Mumbai, India, a Post master’s degree in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and Doctor in Nursing Practice from William Paterson University, New Jersey. 

An accolade to mention is that she served as a special duty nurse for the Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi during the commonwealth nations head of the governments meet in 1980. She airlifted Mrs. Mugabe, wife of Robert Mugabe, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe for emergency dialysis to AIIMS, New Delhi. Dr. Albuquerque is a retired Indian army officer who places service before self and will do the same for NAINA.

Judith Awurumibe, PhD, DNP, CRNP, FNP, APRN
National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America

Dr. Judith Awurumibe DNP, CRNP, FNP, APRN

Dr. Judith Awurumibe DNP, CRNP, FNP, APRN
President, National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America

Dr. Judith Awurumibe has been in the nursing field for fifteen years and has been working for seven years as a primary care provider at a community health center, where she provides care to newborns, adolescents, adults, addiction medicine, and women’s care. Prior to her current job, she worked for eight years in the hospital where she covered various units including PCU/ICU, trauma, and medsurg unit. She received her first nursing diploma in the Reading hospital school of nursing in 2007 in PA, her BSN in Alvernia University in PA in 2010, her MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 at Millersville University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Chamberlain School of Nursing in 2020. Dr, Judith Awurumibe precepts Nurse Practitioner students from Chamberlain School of Nursing, Walden University, Alvernia University, and Gwynedd Mercy University. She also started in 2022 to precept doctorate-level students from Aspen University. She is the 2020 -2021 NANNNA Vice President and 2022 NANNNA President.

Dr. Judith Awurumibe is the founder and the President of the Nigerian Nurses Association in Pennsylvania (NNAPAC). She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau Global Nursing Excellence. She is also the founder and CEO of the Sunday Anozie Children’s Charity foundation where she received many Philanthropic awards for supporting children yearly for the last fifteen years to get a better education and showcase their talents for a better future in a community in Nigeria, Africa.

Dr. Judith Awurumibe has been at the forefront of educating the community about their health and preventive care. Her community involvement increased since COVID -19, and she has been educating the community about the COVID-19 virus and its vaccines since its origin. She collaborates with churches, and local and out-of-state associations to talk about COVID-19 and its vaccines. She also collaborates with the National Association for the Advancement of the Colored People (NAACP) to educate their members and people all over the USA. Dr. Judith Awurumibe is married with six children, one girl, and five boys. She enjoys dancing for fun and singing in the church choir.

Dr. Gloria Beriones RN, NEA-BC
 Philippine Nurses Association of America

Dr. Gloria Beriones, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Gloria Beriones RN, NEA-BC
President-Elect, Philippine Nurses Association of America

Sinead Carbery
Nurse Staffing Solutions – International, AMN Healthcare

Sinead Carbery, Brand President

Sinead Carbery
Brand President, Nurse Staffing Solutions – International (Formerly O’Grady Peyton International)
AMN Healthcare

Sinead Carbery brings almost 30 years of experience to her role as President of AMN Healthcare’s international nursing division. She completed her nursing education in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S. through the OGP Program in 1994, and completed nursing assignments in California and Georgia before joining the O’Grady Peyton corporate team. She has held roles in Clinical Management, Clinical Support, Account Management, Sales and Account Management Leadership, and Leadership of the international business since 2015. Sinead has served on the Board of The Alliance since 2019.

Annie Coughlin, MSN, CRNP, NNP-BC
Annie Coughlin, MSN, CRNP, NNP-BC is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Annie completed her BSN at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and her MSN at MSN – Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Bill DeVille, MBA
Health Carousel

Bill DeVille, MBA

Bill DeVille, MBA
Health Carousel

Bill is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Health Carousel, which is a Joint Commission certified healthcare staffing company. In 2021, Staffing Industry Analysts ranked Health Carousel as the 17th largest healthcare staffing company in the US. The company provides a range of workforce solutions to help healthcare organizations to provide cost-effective, high-quality healthcare for patients, including:

  • Travel staffing for nurses and allied health professionals,
  • Locum tenens staffing for physicians and advanced practice professionals, and
  • International staffing for nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

Prior to forming Health Carousel, Bill was the co-founder and COO of Health Personnel Options, which was one of the largest and fastest-growing travel staffing companies in the country. HPO was acquired by On Assignment in 2002 and subsequently acquired by Medical Solutions. Prior to HPO, Bill was Managing Partner at R.E. Lowe Associates, which was a leading healthcare retained search company. Bill is a past president of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR), helped draft the organization’s Code of Ethical Recruitment Practices, and currently serves as the Chair of the Ethics Committee. Bill has been recognized as a member of the 2020 SIA Staffing 100, which celebrates 100 notable individuals whose impact on the workforce solutions ecosystem elevates the industry and drives its evolution.

Bill earned an MBA (concentration in organizational development) and a BS in Business Administration, both from The Ohio State University.

Kathy Harris, MS, RN, CENP, FACHE(R)
American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)

Kathy Harris, MS, RN, CENP, FACHE(R)

Kathy Harris, MS, RN, CENP, FACHE(R)
American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)

Kathy Harris, MS, RN, CENP, FAONL, FACHE(R), has been a nurse for 50 years including more than 40 years in a variety of leadership positions, including as a front-line leader, a service line director, a Chief Nurse Executive, and as a corporate nurse executive. She currently works as a consultant and provides expertise in legal cases. Kathy has also acted in the role of Chief Executive Officer in a number of different settings. Kathy has presented on nursing leadership to a broad spectrum of audiences, nationally and internationally. She is a Wharton Fellow and a past member of the AONL board of directors, the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Center for Nursing Excellence, the last of which she served as a board member and Chair. Kathy currently represents AONL on the Board of Governors of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices. In addition, she has worked closely with the Colorado Health and Hospitals Association and several affiliate members. She earned her Master of Science from the University of Colorado in 1984, her Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State College in 1981, and her Diploma in Nursing from the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. In addition to her professional certifications, she is as Just Culture Master certified.

Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN
American Nurses Association

Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN

Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN
American Nurses Association

Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN is the Vice President of Nursing Programs at the American Nurses Association. In this role, she is provides senior leadership to the Directors of the departments of Health Policy, the Center for Ethics and Human Rights, and the Minority Fellowship Program. These departments are responsible for guiding policy development, as well as advising the ANA CEO, President, and Membership, on the full range of policy and practice issues facing the nursing profession. As part of her policy portfolio, Ms. Peterson is responsible for managing ANA’s participation within the International Council of Nurses, as well as supporting the development and implementation of quality indicators affecting patients, nurses, and the entire health care team. Since coming to ANA in 1990, Ms. Peterson has developed expertise in several areas including political education and campaign involvement; lobbying issues related to labor, employment, trade and immigration; and policy development on the supply of and demand for nursing services. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University.

Jeremy Sadlier
American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

Jeremy Sadlier

Jeremy Sadlier
Executive Director, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

Jeremy Sadlier serves as a Vice President for MCI-USA and the Executive Director of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA). Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director for ASHHRA, Jeremy was the Director of Human Resource Initiatives and healthcare human resource subject matter expert for ASHHRA and the American Hospital Association (AHA). He is a seasoned health care executive having spent much of his career with one of the Midwest’s largest health care systems Advocate Aurora Health (AAH). In his role, Jeremy has contributed content and expertise to both the AHA and SHHRA that was operationalized by health care systems and hospitals across the nation.

During his more than two decades with AAH Jeremy participated as a member of the Human Resources Team, Site and Market Executive Teams, and managed strategic and operational assignments. 12 years of Jeremy’s years with AAH as part of the HR leadership team, filling the role of South Chicago Market-Human Resource Director with oversight for Advocate Christ Medical Center-a quaternary tertiary medical center, 2 community hospitals, Regional Laboratory Division (ACL), and the systems 14 pediatric hospital locations.  Jeremy’s experience in both human resources and hospital operations were sought by the American Hospital Association (AHA) when they recruited him in to join their team in 2019.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. He also holds a CHHR Certification in health care human resources. Since childhood Jeremy has always been an avid cyclists and has taken mountain biking trips to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Tennessee, until COVID-19 forced him to reevaluate his space, he had an entire room in his garage dedicated bicycles, bike equipment and tools.

Diane Sosne RN, MN
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Diane Sosne RN, MN

Diane Sosne RN, MN
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Diane Sosne, RN, MN is President of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW representing 30,000 registered nurses, professional, service, technical workers and physicians in the states of Washington and Montana. Nationally, Ms. Sosne is also a Vice President of the Service Employees International Union’s Executive Board. She serves on the Executive Committees of SEIU’s Health Care Division and the SEIU National Nurse Alliance.

As a nurse, healthcare and social justice advocate, and community leader, Ms. Sosne works on nursing and healthcare policy, protection of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), adoption of a Medicare for All system, including behavioral health integration and health promotion.

An additional major focus of Ms. Sosne’s work is around healthcare workforce development. Her national workforce work includes her role as the Labor Co-Chair of the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), a unique Labor/Management partnership to address the nursing shortage and incumbent worker career ladders. She is also a member of the Washington State Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force. Ms. Sosne is also a founding Member and Advisor of Times Up Healthcare, a national initiative aimed at stopping sexual harassment and inequality in healthcare workplaces. She has also served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) National Advisory Committee.

Locally, Ms. Sosne is a member of the Seattle-King County Healthcare Industry Leadership table. This committee is a collaboration with healthcare employers and social service agencies sharing and developing best practices for an ongoing pipeline into healthcare jobs and advancement.

Ms. Sosne serves as the Co-Chair of the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Taft Hartley Training Fund. This fund currently covers over 14,000 healthcare employees who work at eight (8) Health Systems in WA State. As a member of WA State’s Health Workforce Council she is a part of a multidiscipline group that addresses workforce shortages.

Her statewide nursing activities include her role as a Board Member of the Washington Center for Nursing.

Ms. Sosne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston and her Master’s Degree in Psycho/Social Nursing from the University of Washington.

Beth Vanderwalker RN, MBA, ACHE
WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions

Beth Vanderwalker RN, MBA, ACHE

Beth Vanderwalker RN, MBA, ACHE
WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions

Beth Vanderwalker, PhD (candidate), MBA, RN, ACHE is the Vice President of Operation for WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions. In this role, she provides senior operational leadership on international healthcare recruitment including the migration and immigration of healthcare professionals. Beth completed her BSN at Brigham Young University, is a current PhD candidate in Global Leadership, and has 26 years of progressive nursing experience. Beth has served in both clinical and executive roles working to improve the lives of people both locally and around the world. She is a results-oriented leader with experience in operational excellence, corporate development, and global leadership.

Beth serves on the Board of Elections for South Carolina, is a Goodwill Ambassador, and has served on the Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations. Beth is a frequent international speaker and consultant for global healthcare organizations, Universities, and Associations. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the International Leadership Association (ILA) and the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR).

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