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


                                         <em>Madrid declaration on Nursing and Ebola</em><br />
                            <i>Nurses in Sierra Leone receive training in personal protective equipment</i><br />
                             <i>Nurse leaders at the 20th ICN International Workforce Forum</i><br />
                                         Madrid declaration on Nursing and Ebola

  • Press release: Nurses call on governments to create safe workplaces for the care of Ebola patients - Conclusions of high-level international nursing summit on Ebola. Read more...
  • Madrid declaration on Nursing and Ebola.
  • Health Care in Danger  launches new e-learning module aimed at health-care professionals working in situations of armed conflict and other emergencies.  Read more
  • Speaking from the joint ICN-Spanish Council of Nursing meeting on Ebola in Madrid, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer, David Benton, emphasized the need for appropriate protocols for each individual case, “because each treatment needs a proper and specific procedure.”  “It is also likely that we will need new protocols,” he added, “because, for example, in Spain, the cases have only been among adults. What would happen if a child became ill?”  This high-level nursing meeting is being held in order to analyse the global situation and exchange experiences, lessons to be learned and changes that could be introduced to minimize risk associated with the care and treatment of infected individuals.

  • Nurses elected to Institute of Medicine: Dr Stephanie Ferguson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN,Director of ICN’s Leadership for Change Programme and the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute, and Dr Sheila Tlou, Ph.D., RN,Faculty member of the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute and regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNAIDS, have been elected as members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Read more...

  • The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will be held 22-24 October in Miami, Florida, USA.  The theme is “Towards safety, security and wellbeing for all”. Read more

  • For all ICN news and resources on Ebola, click here.
  • For job postings at the World Health Organization, please click here.

  • Nurse leaders at the 20th ICN International Workforce Forum, held in Sydney Australia, 29 September- 1 October 2014 call on governments to invest in nursing for quality health care. Read the Communiqué.
  • Registration to the ICN Conference 2015 is now open.  To register, please go to www.icn2015.ch/en/registration



The Australian College of Nursing is hosting the National Nursing Forum from 2-4 November 2014.  The theme, Staying ahead of the game, focuses on how to, individually and as a profession, adapt and thrive in a complex, changing and often challenging health environmen



Mental Health

Nurses have a vital role in the promotion of mental well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by mental health problems.  ICN has developed a range of resources, including: the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses; a Position Statement on Mental health, the WHO-ICN Atlas: Nurses in Mental Health 2007, an ICN monograph on Mental Health Nursing, ICN Fact Sheets on Developing Nursing Resources for Mental Health and on Mental Health: Tackling the Challenges. Other ICN resources on human rights, disaster response and violence also include mental health issues.

ICN actions towards universal access to quality mental health services include lobbying WHO, at the World Health Assemblies and Executive Board meetings, and calling on governments to increase the number of adequately trained nurses in primary health settings through three main actions: (1) to ensure adequate pre and post registration education in mental health; (2) to integrate mental health services in community based primary health care and (3) to expand the scope of practice of nurses to encompass the authority to assess, identify and treat common mental health disorders in primary health care settings. ICN is pleased that WHO has adopted the comprehensive mental health action plan 2013-2020 which emphasises promotion and prevention and addresses children and adolescents, community based care and the human rights of those suffering from mental disorders.

ICN, in partnership with Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression (DDD), has been implementing a training programme focusing on co-morbid management of diabetes and depression as part of the ICN Non-Communicable Disease Initiative. This programme has trained more than 200 nurse educators and other health professionals in seven African countries since 2011, and ICN is working with our partners to expand the project to other regions of the world.