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Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally.



  • World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2014 - This day was designated by the United Nations as a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. To mark this day, ICN pays respect to those health care workers who put their lives at risk every day to care for others.  ICN works with the International Committee of the Red Cross to promote the “Health care in Danger” project which aims to make access to health care in situations of armed violence more secure. ICN is also a founding member of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, which aims to promote respect for international humanitarian and human rights laws that relate to the safety and security of health facilities, health workers, ambulances and patients ensuring they are safe and secure during periods of armed conflict or civil violence.

  • In light of the WHO declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as a public health emergency of international concern and the continuing loss of life in the four involved countries including that of nurses and other health care workers, ICN wishes to send  a message of continued support to those providing health care in these countries and our condolences to those who have been most affected. The ICN acknowledges and applauds the courageous work of the nurses and other healthcare workers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria during this tragic outbreak. We continue to monitor and discuss the situation with our colleagues within the WHO. For more information, we refer you to the WHO websites below as they have the most up to date information informed by in-country teams:
    Web page on the outbreak: http://www.afro.who.int/en/clusters-a-programmes/dpc/epidemic-a-pandemic-alert-and-response/epr-highlights/4164-ebola-virus-disease-in-west-africa.html
    General topic page on Ebola: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/ 
    WHO response plan: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/outbreak-response-plan/en/

  • The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, of which ICN is a member, has called for the government of Israel, Hamas, and armed groups to respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law to respect and protect health facilities, transports, and personnel, and to make health services available to all people in need of care. Read more...

  • The WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia was elected to act as Secretariat of the Global Network.  A  Ceremony of Transfer was held on 29 July 2014 in Coimbra, Portugal at the 17th General Meeting of the WHO CC Global Network.  The Network is comprised of WHO Collaborating Centre from the six regions of WHO, who focus on nursing and midwifery.  Founded in 1988 the Network strives to enhance the collaborative activities of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres, supporting WHO’s efforts toward universal health coverage. More information can be found on www.globalnetworkwhocc.com/

  • Press release: USA and North Pacific Island nurses and human resource managers develop leadership skills. Read more...
  • Press release: Mary Wakefield - leading U.S. nurse to be keynote speaker at ICN’s International Nursing Conference. Read more...
  • ICN is pleased to announce that the Guidelines for Implementing Culturally Competent Nursing Care have been published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and can be directly access here



The Conselho Federal de Enfermagem will be holding the 17th Brazilian Congress of State Boards of Nursing (CBCENF) from 6-9 August 2014 with the goal of providing the best scientific debate with Brazilian nursing professionals and students nurses.  The Congress aims to bring scientific knowledge to professionals and nursing students and to improve excellence through courses, workshops, lectures, discussions, presentation of scientific, etc.


ICN Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network

The 8th ICN INP/APNN Conference will be hosted by the Finnish Nurses Association and will take place in Helsinki, Finland, 18-20 August 2014. The Helsinki conference aims to highlight the role of advanced practice nurses in promoting health care access and achieving intended outcomes. The focus will be on the impact of APN roles on patient and health care outcomes, also on the society and global levels. Questions related to patients’ equality, advanced career possibilities, evidence based practices, and prerequisites for practice will be of interest.

Launched in 2000 at the 8th International Conference of Nurse Practitioners in San Diego, Ca., USA, the ICN NP/APN Network serves as a  forum for exchange of knowledge, as a resource base for the development of advanced practice/nurse practitioner roles and the appropriate educational underpinning; and as a vehicle for ICN to harness specialist expertise.  The Network helps ICN more effectively meet its mandate as the global voice of the profession, provides a mechanism to promote and disseminate information from any of the network members and ICN, and acts as the base for future international collaboration around advanced practice and the nurse practitioner role.