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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.





  • Press release: Mary Wakefield - leading U.S. nurse to be keynote speaker at ICN’s International Nursing Conference. Read more...
  • In light of the devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, ICN applauds the work of the healthcare professionals in these countries and stresses the importance for those working in health care settings to follow basic infection control measures including hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment and safe injection practices. For more information, go to: www.who.int/csr/don/2014_07_01_ebola/en/

  • 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
  • Press release: International Council of Nurses celebrates 25th anniversary of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) Programme. Read more...
  • Press release: ICN has announced the launch of a “Leading Lights” initiative which aims to showcase the work of exceptional nurses trained by the ICN TB/MDR-TB project. These nurses have all made a valuable contribution to TB prevention, care and management in their local facility and/or community. Read more...
  • The Regulatory Board Governance Toolkit including an accompanying PowerPoint has been posted on ICN website as a free download. It identifies and describes effective models of regulation and regulatory board governance, and also explores the core functions of a Regulatory authority. It addresses such areas as board size and composition, performance measurement, codes of conduct and conflict of interest.

  • The 2014 State of the World’s Midwifery report, coordinated by UNFPA, ICM and WHO, will be launched at the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Prague, Czech Republic on 3 June 2014.  ICN was part of the steering group and brought the perspective of the nurse-midwife to this report, which will be available via www.internationalmidwives.org/

  • Abstracts for the ICN 2015 Conference in Seoul can now be submitted via the Internet at https://b-com.mci-group.com/AbstractSubmission/ICN2015.aspx.



The Spanish press agency, EFEsalud, recently interviewed David Benton, ICN CEO on the situation of the health sector in Spain and globally, highlighting that "nurses’ salaries do not reflect the complexity of the profession nor the workload”.  The article, in Spanish, can be accessed here.



Leadership in Negotiation

Having received full funding from LO-TCO for the three year/six workshop application for Leadership in Negotiation (LIN) in Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, the first workshop took place in Lusaka, 7-11 April.  It was co-hosted by the Zambian Union of Nursing Organizations, ICN and Vardförbundet (Swedish Association of Health Professionals).  Four participants from each country were scheduled to attend  with a focus on gender equity. The regional facilitator was Nthabiseng Lebaka, Director Nursing Services, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Lesotho, who is also a member of the LIN Advisory Board.  The first meeting of the LIN Advisory Board was held 15 May 2014 following the close of the NNA meeting.