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


An international award for bringing together several health professions in a major collaborative project has been won by the Thai Health Professional Alliance Against Tobacco. The award was presented at the World Health Professions Alliance Luncheon in Geneva 18 May.<em><br /></em>
El Salvador celebrates International Nurses day!  NNA President Nora E. Barahona de Peñate with nursing academics
An international award for bringing together several health professions in a major collaborative project has been won by the Thai Health Professional Alliance Against Tobacco. The award was presented at the World Health Professions Alliance Luncheon in Geneva 18 May.


  • ICN Conference – get the app!  The mobile app for the ICN Conference is now available for download from the apple store and android market.  Go to the store and type “ICN 2015” in the search section.  You will have easy access to the latest information on the ICN Conference including sessions, speakers, a floor plan, etc.

  • ICN reissued its call for increased support of and safer working environments for nurses and other healthcare workers on the frontlines of healthcare.  The call follows a preliminary report issued by the World Health Organization which states that of the 815 healthcare workers who have been infected by the Ebola virus since the onset of the epidemic, more than 50% are nurses and nurse aides. Two thirds of the health workers who have been infected have died. Read more

  • World Health Assembly: The 68th World Health Assembly will take place on 18-26 May 2015.  Topics on the agenda include Noncommunicable diseases; Promoting health through the life course; Antimicrobial resistance; Ebola, Malaria, Dengue & the Global vaccine action plan; and Health system strengthening.  As always, ICN is lobbying for nurse to be part of their country’s delegation.  ICN is enjoys formal relations with the WHO and is therefore permitted to attend meetings of the WHA and to speak on key issues on behalf of the global nursing workforce.

  • The Girl Child Education Fund is celebrating its 10th anniversary!  We have enabled 184 girls to complete secondary school and we continue to support girls in four sub-Sahara countries.  Click here to access videos from some of the graduates, their guardians and teachers.

  • New ICN Position Statement: The right to connect via information and communication technology is a new ICN position statement available here
  • Press Release: Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization to be ICN Nursing Conference Keynote Speaker. Read more...
  • The World Health Organization, in collaboration with ICN, is holding a side event on 17 June just prior to the ICN Conference in Seoul, Korea.   During this event, presentations and discussions will centre around the WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health “The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030”.  In addition, WHO recently engaged over 100 key partners and individuals to provide their opinions on the current Strategic Directions for strengthening Nursing and Midwifery, which will also be discussed at the ICN/WHO side event on 17 June.  This side event is open to all representatives of the ICN's Council of National Nursing Associations (CNR) as well as to registered CNR observers.  Please note observer space is limited.

  • ICN Conference – Searchable list of abstracts now available online! Please click here to access the online abstract search engine of all concurrent, symposium and poster sessions at the ICN Conference in Seoul.

  • Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective - click here for ICN's International Nurses Day 2015 kit !
  • For job postings at the World Health Organization, please click here.



On 10-12 May 2015 the Ordem dos Enfermeiros (Portuguese Order of Nurses) will host its IV Congress at the Lisbon Congress Centre under the theme "Leading in Health, Build Alternatives.  The Congress will highlight issues such as Health in Europe: expenditure or investment, Nursing in the improvement of the Portuguese Health System efficiency, Indicators and financing for sensitive health outcomes, Health gains by prescribing by nurses and  Nursing in Portugal: a development strategy for the world". 



Two new ICN-Accredited ICNP Research and Development Centres have been approved in Italy and Canada. The ICN-Accredited Italian ICNP Research & Development Centre is located in Rome, Italy at the Nursing Research Unit Department of Public Health and Infectious Disease at Sapienza University of Rome. The mission of the Italian ICNP Research & Development Centre is to increase and update ICNP utilization. The centre will disseminate and update the terminology translated into Italian, via continuous education and publications; advance the development of ICNP through research in clinical and educational settings; and promote ICNP utilisation in eHealth programmes at the national and international level. The development of the mission will also help give economic value to nursing care. The Centre is in continuous collaboration with the National Nursing Association CNAI and other Stakeholders. The ICN-Accredited French Canadian Research & Development Centre for ICNP is located in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, at the University of Sherbrooke School of Nursing. The mission of the Centre is to promote and support the use of ICNP by French-speaking nursing students, healthcare workers and health organisations. A team of researchers lead the Centre in collaboration with clinical nurses specialists from teaching hospital setting involved in the preparation of using of ICNP regarding clinical health records.