ICN 2011 Conference 4-8 May, Valetta Malta
Scientific Programme

The ICN Conference programme brings together 25 plenary and main sessions, ICN Network meetings and close to 700 symposia, concurrent sessions and poster sessions, selected from the 2 063 abstracts submitted by nurses from 74 countries worldwide. The deadline for Early-bird Registration is 31 January 2011.

Keynote speaker Dr Mary Wakefield (www.hrsa.gov/about/organization/biowakefield.html), will address the conference theme Nurses Driving Access, Quality and Health, in the opening plenary on 5 May. Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, was named administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) by President Barack Obama in 2009. HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA works to fill in the health care gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. The agency uses its annual budget to expand access to quality health care in partnership with health care providers and health professions training programs.

The conference at a glance can be viewed here and a searchable data base for all accepted symposia, concurrent sessions and posters can be found here.

Abstract sessions will run parallel with 25 main sessions addressing priority issues such as Changing scopes of practice, Health financing, Human resources, Positive Practice Environments, Mental health, Patient Safety, the Epidemic of Non-communicable Diseases, Nursing Ethics, Disasters, Migration, Tuberculosis, Telenursing and more. A thought-provoking debate will be held on the pros and cons of mandatory vaccination of health professionals. Along with the keynote session on the Conference theme, other plenary sessions will focus on the Role of Women in Building Healthy Nations and Social Movements Worldwide. All ICN Networks will have sessions during the Malta Conference to discuss current trends and priority issues.

The Florence Nightingale International Foundation luncheon will be held on Friday 6 May and tickets will be available online in February 2011.

The Professional Visits programme will take place 8 May and more detailed information will be available at www.icn2011.ch as the Conference approaches.