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



      • After a four year probation period, the Institute for Nursing Research and Practice of the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre. On 12 January 2016, WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan appointed ICN Board member, Professor Jürgen Osterbrink, as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education with a focus on Health Care Research in particular on Palliative Care.

      • 6 Feb: International Day of Zero Tolerance to female genital mutilation (FGM). According to a recent UNICEF publication more than 130 million girls and women have experienced FGM/cutting in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is most common. But without far more intensive and sustained action now from all parts of society, hundreds of millions more girls will suffer profound, permanent, and utterly unnecessary harm. If rates of decline seen in the past three decades are sustained, the impact of population growth means that up to 63 million more girls could be cut by 2050. ICN is unequivocal in its position of actively opposing FGM and any moves to ‘medicalise’ FGM - that is to perform the procedure in safe clinical conditions in order to reduce the health risks. Competent, knowledgeable, and culturally sensitive nurses and other health care providers are essential to fight harmful cultural practices including FGM. They are also essential in the care and support of women and girls who suffer from the dire consequences of the procedure. An ICN fact sheet on FGM can be found here, and our position statement can be found here.

      • ICN has launched its call for nominations for the 2017-2021 ICN Board.   The election of the ICN President and 13 other Board Memberswill take place during the CNR 2017 meeting.  The deadline for nominations is 29 February 2016. For more information, please visit the members’ area of the ICN website.

      • Press Release: Senior nurses take part in Norway’s first ICN Leadership for ChangeTM Workshop. Read more...
      • 4 Feb: Taking place under the tagline We Can. I Can., World Cancer Day will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, an ICN affiliate, aims to maximise the influence of nursing to reduce the global burden of cancer. The next ISNCC conference will be held 4-7 September 2016 in Hong Kong.  For more information click here.
      • Press Release: International Council of Nurses brings nursing voice to World Health Organization Executive Board. Read more...
      • Press Release:  Applications open for 2016 ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute. Read more...
      • The International Nursing Review has issued a Call for Paper for a special issue on Nurses and midwives engaging in policy and policy development in December 2016More information on the topics and how to submit is available here.  All manuscripts must be submitted no later than 1 April 2016. Inquiries can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

      • ICN Policy Briefs on the WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health
    • Press Release: International Council of Nurses announces appointment of new nursing consultant on socio-economic issues. Read more...
    • Knowing Your Numbers: A gap between nurses’ perception of their own health and the reality was an unexpected finding from the 2015 Grow Your Wellness nurses’ Health Risk Assessment survey. When it comes to your health, your vital statistics really are vital. And as a trusted health advocate, nurses are even more successful in counselling patients when they adopt healthy behaviours themselves.  Find out more on the Grow Your Wellness website.

  • For job postings at the World Health Organization, please click here.



From 22-23 February, the National Nurses Association of El Salvador will host the first Central American summit of ICN members of ICN, along with the XXII International Congress.  Judith Shamian, ICN President, and Frances Hughes, ICN CEO, will speak on the Nursing contribution in national and regional health governance.



World Health Professions Alliance

ICN is a founding member of the World Health Professions Alliance, which brings together the global organisations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians and speaks for more than 26 million health care professionals in more than 130 countries. WHPA works to improve global health and the quality of patient care and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders.
The WHPA holds an annual professional and international conference on the regulation of health professionals. It has published core competencies for health consultants, joint guidelines on incentives for the retention and recruitment of health professionals,  and joint statements on: task shifting; HIV/AIDS; promotion and protection of human rights; mental health: tobacco and many other health issues.
WHPA advocates for appropriate investments in the education and capacity building of health professionals to detect counterfeits and to safely inform colleagues and patients.