Barbara Nichols, MS, RN, FAAN, to Address Globalization and Health Policy at Fifth Annual Global Health Lecture

On January 19, 2012, Barbara Nichols, former chief executive officer of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, will give the Fifth Annual Global Health Lecture on "Perspectives on Globalization and Health Policy" from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duke University School of Nursing Auditorium.

Nichols - who led CGFNS, a globally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification of the education, registration, and licensure of nurses and other health care professionals worldwide - will discuss how the preparation and adequacy of health human resources relate to the health status of populations. She will focus on the implications of policy development and health workforce migration for resource-poor countries.

The Global Health Lecture is cosponsored by the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives at the Duke University School of Nursing, the Duke Global Health Institute, and Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development. This annual event brings leaders and scientists in global health to Duke to spotlight how their work makes a difference among vulnerable populations.

Nichols has served as a consultant for international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the International Labor Organization, the Institute on Migration, the International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank on issues including health workforce education and policy and the development of professional practice standards.

She has also worked with the U.S. government on policies regarding the assessment and credentialing of foreign-educated health professionals.

Nichols served as a professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and director of nursing for the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System. As Secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing for the state of Wisconsin, she was responsible for seventeen boards that regulated fifty-nine occupations and professions.

She is a former board member for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a former U. S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization, and a current member of the ANSI Conformity Assessment Policy Committee. She is a former International Council of Nurses board member and a past president of the American Nurses Association.

Nichols has written more than 200 publications on nursing and health care delivery. For her sustained national and international contributions to the nursing profession, the American Academy of Nursing honored her as a Living Legend.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, visit For more information, contact Belinda Wisdom at or 919-684-9554.

About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 750 individuals enrolled for Fall 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.

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