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




  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The 13th European Francophone Congress of nurse clinicians, consultants and advanced practice nurses will be held 1-2 October in Avignon France. ICN President, Judith Shamian, will speak at the opening of the congress on “Quality of care, Quality of Life: What is the place of expertise in Nursing Care?” For more information, go to www.anfiidecongresavignon2015.fr/index.php

  • The 62nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean will be held 5-8 October in Kuwait.
  • The 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Americas will be held 28 September – 2 October in Washington D.C., USA.

  • Applications are open now for the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders program. The deadline for applications is 30 September. This edition of the program focuses on tobacco control.  The program brings 25 young professionals from different domains and different parts of the world to develop action on non-communicable diseases and cardiovascular diseases; it involves an online course and a five-day think-tank in Bangalore, India (15-19 February 2016).   For tobacco control, WHF is specifically seeking a broader range of disciplines, as well as more variety among health professionals.  As nurses have an important role in tobacco control, ICN and WHF encourage you to apply! 

  • 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.