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  • ICN sends our sincere condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives in the earthquake in Nepal.  Our thoughts go to the nurses and other health workers in Nepal who are helping to save lives and care for those who are suffering.

  • World Immunization Week, which will be held from 24-30 April 2015, will signal a renewed global, regional and national effort to accelerate action to increase awareness and demand for immunization by communities, and improve vaccination delivery services. This year’s campaign focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, which is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through universal access to vaccines for people in all communities.

  • Press Release: Taiwan and Myanmar join efforts to launch ICN Leadership for Change Programme™. Read more...
  • Press Release: International Center on Nurse Migration Launches New Website. Read more...
  • Judith Shamian, the ICN President has written to François Hollande, President of the French Republic, as well as to the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate, the President of the National Assembly and other high level governmental officials to express ICN’s concern about the recent proposal at the National Assembly to disband the Order of Nurses.  In a resolution passed on 14 April, the ICN Board of Directors expressed its concern and hope that “the French Senate will reject this decision and mandate the leadership of the Order to address any concerns raised in the discussion as quickly as possible.  The ICN Board stands ready to offer additional expert advice on how such concerns can be addressed and resolved.”  The Board believes “a fully functioning Order is essential if efficient and effective care is to be delivered and nurses are to make an optimum contribution to the provision of contemporary health services.”

  • The World Health Organization, in collaboration with ICN, is holding a side event on 17 June just prior to the ICN Conference in Seoul, Korea.   During this event, presentations and discussions will centre around the WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health “The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030”.  In addition, WHO recently engaged over 100 key partners and individuals to provide their opinions on the current Strategic Directions for strengthening Nursing and Midwifery, which will also be discussed at the ICN/WHO side event on 17 June.  This side event is open to all representatives of the ICN's Council of National Nursing Associations (CNR) as well as to registered CNR observers.  Please note observer space is limited.

  • ICN Conference – Searchable list of abstracts now available online! Please click here to access the online abstract search engine of all concurrent, symposium and poster sessions at the ICN Conference in Seoul.

  • Make your contribution to health policy! ICN is encouraging nurses to make a contribution to three global health sector strategies being developed by the World Health Organization: HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases. These strategies will be finalised for consideration at the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016.  By clicking here you can access an online survey as well as early drafts of the three strategies and other background documents.  The deadline for responses is 30 April 2015.

  • Join the virtual nursing session to be held during the Med-e-Tel Conference on Friday, 24 April 2015 from 14:00-16:00 European Central Time (Luxembourg). It is sponsored by Telenursing Working Group of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses. For more information, click here.
  • Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective - click here for ICN's International Nurses Day 2015 kit !
  • For job postings at the World Health Organization, please click here.



The Malta Union of Midwives & Nurses is hosting the 11th European Commonwealth Conference on the theme 'Building Success - Nurses & Midwives Hold the Future'. Organised in collaboration with the Cyprus Nurses & Midwives Association and the Royal College of Nurses in the UK, the conference will be held on 6-7 March 2015.



Leadership in Negotiation (LIN)

LIN workshops held in Bahamas and Swaziland. Fifteen middle and senior nurse leaders will gather in Nassau in April to participate in LIN workshops. The ICN LIN project in the Bahamas consists of four five-day skills training workshops to be conducted over a 12-month period. It supports Bahamian nurses in their efforts to exercise leadership in the delivery of healthcare and within the nursing profession; provides knowledge and experience in the area of negotiation; and empowers nurses to be at the forefront in developing national policies and initiatives. In addition, a five-day workshop will be held in Manzini, Swaziland for 24 nurses from six African countries to develop their leadership and negotiation skills in order to become a strong voice for nurses in their respective countries. ICN sponsored the workshop in conjunction with the Swedish Association of Health Professionals (Vårdförbundet) and the International Trade Union Development Cooperation (LO-TCO), and with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency.