Our Candidates

• The CBNC has advised over 700 Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to date.

• We have served nurses from over 60 countries. Some of the countries
represented are: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana,Haiti, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Iran,Togo, Germany, and Italy.

CBNC Program Training

This program is designed for foreign nurses to practice their chosen profession of nursing in the United States.

To qualify for the various program, each candidate must:
• Complete a personal interview
• Achieve passing scores on the TOEFL
• Provide documentation of the education from the country of origin, including
transcripts. (Credential Evaluation Services)


NCLEX Preparation Course:
This sixteen week course is designed to assist nurses educated in foreign countries to succeed in meeting the requirements for nursing practice in the United States and the state of Illinois. Using the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Assessment-Driven Review program, students will identify their strengths and limitations, develop a study plan, work independently, and participate in collaborative dialogue to prepare for the NCLEX licensing exam.

In order to enroll in the course candidates must have completed the TOEFL exam with a score of 83 or greater or completed an ESL course at level 6 or better; submitted an application to CGFNS for certificate of credentials.
(Note: Completion of NCSBN learning extension course "Acclimation of International Nurses into U.S. Nursing Practice" is also helpful.)

Cost: $520.00 - Books and testing
           $380.00 -Tuition

* Financial assistance available based on need.

Conversations in Nursing: Appreciating Cultural Differences
Fridays, October 7- November 4, 2016

Session 1-Friday, October 7, 2016
“Patient expectations and the Nurse Practice Act”

Session 2-Friday, October 14, 2016 
“Communication among the healthcare team”

Session 3-Friday, October 21, 2016
Comparing nursing care in the U.S. to other countries”

Session 4-Friday, October 28, 2016
“Comparing patient rights/ responsibilities, pain management, team communication, and ethical/legal considerations in U.S. nursing to other countries”

Session 5-Friday, November 4, 2016
Comparing the Healthcare Environment Challenges in the U.S. to other countries”

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
2525 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
2nd FLoor- Room 242

Description: Conversations in Nursing: Appreciating Cultural Differences engages nursing colleagues from around the world in discussions aimed at increasing awareness and appreciation of various cultural differences and similarities among patients and healthcare professionals.  The participants will become acquainted with nurses who were educated in other countries and the rationale for methods used in caring for patients, as well as communicating with the health team. IENs have an opportunity to practice English with their nursing colleagues as they dialogue about topics important to professional nursing practice and safe patient care.

Pre-requisites: This course is open to Internationally Educated Nurses, Senior Nursing Students and Registered Nurses. Participants who are Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) are required to have completed English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at a level 4 or better in order to be able to converse with nursing colleagues during the classes.

CEU's: 10 Continuing Nursing Education Units (CEUS) will be awarded for those RNs who participate in all classes

Cost: $50 per session or all 5 for $150 (Please note that session 5 is only availabe to those that attend the first 4 sessions)
* Financial assistance available based on need.

Specialized courses and programs by arrangement
CBNC will work with healthcare agencies to develop specialized programs to assist the agencies IEN staff.

For more CBNC courses check under the training and events tab.