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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.

The art of persuasion smiles across the Russian negotiating table.  <br />Leadership in Negotiation participants have the opportunity to role-play both sides of negotiations.


  • ICN has endorsed the Prague Charter to support the right to access palliative care. This initiative is led by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), the International Association for Palliative Care (IAHPC), the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).  The Charter urges:

    • governments to ensure that patients and their families can realise the right to access palliative care by integrating such care into healthcare policies, as well as ensuring access to essential medicines, including opioid analgesics, is assured; and
    • major international organisations and forums including WHO, WMA and ICN to promote the right to palliative care.

    To sign the Prague Charter yourself, go to: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Prague_Charter_Relieving_suffering
    To endorse the petition as an organisation, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Gini Williams, ICN's TB Project Director, has been selected as part of the Core Group of the Global Drug-Resistant TB Initiative as the representative of national, international, scientific and professional medical and nursing associations. For more information, go to: http://stoptb.who.int/wg/mdrtb/assets/documents/Announcement_Core%20Group%20final.pdf

  • 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 World Health Professions Regulation Conference 2014 will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 & 18 May.  The conference aims to provide participants with insights to the latest perspectives and to stimulate discussion about issues relevant to the challenges facing health professional regulation.  More information on the programme and how to register is available here.



The Finnish Nurses Association has launched a blood donation campaign from 1 January to 31 May to encourage nurses to donate blood and help patients in need. Regional nursing associations will compete against each other to see who can donate the most blood.



Leadership in Negotiation (LIN)

Adopted and implemented by more than 35 national nursing associations worldwide, the ICN Leadership in Negotiation project seeks to equip nurses with skills to help achieve safer working environments and fair levels of remuneration as valued members of the society.

Having received full funding from LO-TCO Secretariat of International Trade Union Development Co-operation for a three year/six workshop application for LIN in Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, the first workshop will take place in Lusaka, 7-11 April 2014.  It will be co-hosted by the Zambian Union of Nursing Organizations, ICN and Vardförbundet (Swedish Association of Health Professionals). 

The final Russian LIN programme of a four year project will be held in St. Petersburg 30 June – 3 July 2014.  The programme is undertaken in collaboration with Vardforbundet and ICN.