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

<i>Dr. Marlen Calvo Solano, ICN Board member (seated 3rd from right),at the 1st South American Nursing Summit in Paraguay</i><br />
ICN’s Yukiko Kusano (2<sup>nd</sup> from left) in WHO discussions on the development of the draft strategic directions on nursing and midwifery.<br />
Dr. Marlen Calvo Solano, ICN Board member (seated 3rd from right),at the 1st South American Nursing Summit in Paraguay

  • We would like to inform you that a vacancy for a Nurse Consultant in relation to our socio-economic and workforce activity has arisen.  For personal reasons the current post holder will be leaving ICN by the end of December 2015. ICN is therefore now searching for a replacement.  Please see the attached notice for details and note that the application deadline closes 2 November 2015. For information on the position, please click here.
  • Dr. Marlen Calvo Solano, member of the ICN Board, has participated at the 1st South American Nursing Summit in Paraguay which has established the South American Nursing Council. Read more

  • 1 October: The theme forthe International Day of Older Persons 2015 is Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment. According to the United Nations, six out of every 10 people in the world is expected to reside in urban areas by 2030 and the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050 – making up a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries. The impact of this phenomenon on health and on the work of nurses is significant. ICN’s position statement on Nursing care of the older person emphasises the need for NNAs to lobby and advocate for a sufficient number of qualified personnel to achieve optimal health, well-being, and quality of life for the older person.
  • 11 October: On International Day of the Girl Child, ICN would like to promote our new FNIF Endowment Fund which aims to raise $10 million to support the education of up to 500 girls in perpetuity. More on the Girl Child Education Fund and how you can help can be found on www.icn.ch/what-we-do/girl-child-education-fund/

  • On 12 October, ICN President Judith Shamian will be speaking at the All Russian Nurses Congress in St. Petersburg on “Global Trends in Nursing”.

  • The 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific will be held 12-16 October in Guam, USA.

  • Press Release: International Council of Nurses’ Workforce Forum 2015 calls for  safe staffing levels and a better future for patients and nurses. Read more...
  • Maternal and child health : ICN has joined forces with ICM (International Confederation of Midwives), FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) and IPA (International Pediatric Association) to raise awareness of the key interventions for maternal and child health.  Click here to watch the video “Joining hands to tackle the unfinished agenda”.
  • Two global meetings on nursing and midwifery were held in Geneva from 15-18 September 2015. The meetings supported the current work on developing a Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 (GSHRH). The first meeting focused on the documentation of the rich history of nursing and midwifery in WHO to inform the future of nursing and midwifery in the context of the global GSHRH 2030 and within the multidisciplinary interdependent health care delivery system. The second meeting focused on discussing the draft strategic directions on nursing and midwifery development 2016-2030 a critical companion to the GSHRH 2030. Read more

  • The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) was officially launched on 26 September by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The PHCPI seeks to help low- and middle-income countries build high-performing primary healthcare systems through better performance measurement and knowledge-sharing. ICN President, Judith Shamian, has contributed to the launch with a blog which presents the role of nurses in this agenda. The blog can be accessed here. More information on the PHCPI can be found here.

  • 14 September: Abstract submissions open for the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016 to be held in Mexico City 4-7 June 2016.  For more information click here.

  • Presentations by speakers at the ICN Conference in Seoul, with a selection of photos, are now available here.

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



The National Nurses Association of Kenya will hold its 2015 AGM/ASC on 7-9 October in Kisumu with the theme “Addressing the Challenges of Health Disparities”.

The Australian College of Nursing will be holding its signature annual event, the National Nursing Forum on 14-16 October.  With a focus on Advancing Nurse Leadership, the Forum aims to inspire and engage nurse leaders who play a critical role in delivering health services to the community.

The Philippine Nurses Association will hold its National Annual Convention on 20 October. ICN 1st Vice President, Masako Kanai Pak will be the keynote speaker.




Members of the ICN eHealth team have been collaborating with members of the WHO International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) team on an initial ‘field test’ of the newly enhanced nursing content of ICHI. Work has involved an analysis of content coverage of published care descriptors within the Belgian Nursing Minimum Data Set. The results of this work will be presented at the next WHO Family of International Classifications Network meeting, to be held 17-23 October in Manchester, England.