Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure

quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally.


                            <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 />
                            Nurses in Sierra Leone receive training in personal protective equipment

  • For all ICN news and resources on Ebola, click here.
  • A high-level nursing colloquium on Ebola, jointly organized by and the International Council of Nurses and the General Nursing Council of Spain, will be held in late October in Madrid 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.   The colloquium will bring together the most renowned nurse experts in Ebola as well as representatives from those countries where the disease is more prevalent, and where repatriated cases have been cared for. As the call for volunteers goes out in piecemeal and unsystematic way, it is imperative that we work collaboratively on this major issue.

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

  • 17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The poor share an unequal burden of ill health. The poorest 20% of the world’s population die from nearly two-thirds of the world’s communicable disease, maternal and perinatal mortality, and nutritional deficiencies (The Global Forum for Health Research).  Nurses have a vital role in reducing poverty and its impact on health and wellbeing.  To find out more about the implication for nurses, 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.
  • With international headlines filled with the news of nurses contracting the Ebola virus, ICN would like to reiterate our support for nurses everywhere who are at risk.  We urge international organisations and governments to address the severe impact of Ebola on nurses and other health workers by ensuring they receive appropriate training, protective equipment and psychological support.  ICN has immense respect for the nurses in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone who are risking their lives to continue to care for the population, and for the nurses in other countries such as the United States and Spain where new cases have emerged.  Finally, we encourage nurses to learn more about the Ebola virus, its transmission, treatment, prevention and control. The WHO fact sheet provides full information.

  • Registration to the ICN Conference 2015 is now open.  To register, please go to www.icn2015.ch/en/registration
  • Senesie Margao, President of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA) has sent ICN an update on the situation regarding the Ebola virus in their country. Read more...



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.