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




  • World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2014. On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, ICN recommends that nurses seek immunisation against this highly infectious disease. The WHO estimates that two billion people have been infected with the hepatitis B virus, and approximately 350 million people are living with chronic infections. The virus is highly infectious, around 50-100 times more infectious than HIV in cases of needle stick injury. With over 300 million carriers globally, hepatitis B represents a major infectious hazard for health care workers who are exposed to blood or blood products and bodily fluids that may contain the hepatitis B virus. For more information, see our fact sheet: Immunisations for Health-Care Workers: Influenza and Hepatitis B.

  • Press release: USA and North Pacific Island nurses and human resource managers develop leadership skills. Read more...
  • Press release: Mary Wakefield - leading U.S. nurse to be keynote speaker at ICN’s International Nursing Conference. Read more...
  • In light of the devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, ICN applauds the work of the healthcare professionals in these countries and stresses the importance for those working in health care settings to follow basic infection control measures including hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment and safe injection practices. For more information, go to: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_07_27_ebola/en/

  • ICN is pleased to announce that the Guidelines for Implementing Culturally Competent Nursing Care have been published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and can be directly access here



The Spanish press agency, EFEsalud, recently interviewed David Benton, ICN CEO on the situation of the health sector in Spain and globally, highlighting that "nurses’ salaries do not reflect the complexity of the profession nor the workload”.  The article, in Spanish, can be accessed here.



Leadership in Negotiation

Having received full funding from LO-TCO for the three year/six workshop application for Leadership in Negotiation (LIN) in Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, the first workshop took place in Lusaka, 7-11 April.  It was co-hosted by the Zambian Union of Nursing Organizations, ICN and Vardförbundet (Swedish Association of Health Professionals).  Four participants from each country were scheduled to attend  with a focus on gender equity. The regional facilitator was Nthabiseng Lebaka, Director Nursing Services, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Lesotho, who is also a member of the LIN Advisory Board.  The first meeting of the LIN Advisory Board was held 15 May 2014 following