This ICN International Conference will present strong evidence demonstrating how nurses, as key members of the health services team, promote and contribute to quality and accessible health care. The Conference will provide opportunities to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries. The three ICN pillarsProfessional practice, Regulation and Socio-economic Welfare – will frame the scientific programme and the dynamic exchange of experiences and expertise.


The main objectives of the Conference are:

  1. To advance and improve the coverage and quality of health services

  2. To demonstrate the nursing contribution to the health of individuals, families and communities

  3. To provide opportunities for an in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.

ICN Networks

All ICN Networks will hold 90 minute sessions, focusing on their specific areas of interest.
Updates on the programme for these sessions will be available on the Conference website and through a series of media announcements. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Disaster Response Network
  • HIV/AIDS Network
  • Leadership for Change Network
  • Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network
  • Nursing Education Network
  • Regulation Network
  • Remote and Rural Nursing Network
  • Research Network
  • Socio-economic Welfare Network
  • Student Nurse Network
  • Telenursing Network

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Featured plenary speakers will bring inspiration and the latest information on the nursing workforce and workplace, ethics/human rights, clinical care and patient safety. Concurrent sessions, symposia and posters will address these issues plus developments in nursing education, pandemics/disasters, care systems and access, technology, regulation and the history of nursing. The Conference will also be the venue for ICN Network meetings and thought provoking main sessions – including a debate on a priority issue for the profession. To share your ideas and expertise you are invited to submit an abstract for a concurrent session, a symposium or a poster. The Council of National Representatives, ICN’s global governing body, will convene from 2-4 May 2011. Conference participants who are members of ICN member associations will be able to observe global nursing leaders identify the profession’s priorities and future directions. Further information and regular updates on the Conference programme will be posted on this website.