Welcome to the International Council of Nurses Student Network! Full membership is open to individuals who are currently undertaking a program of education leading to initial qualification as a nurse in their country or who have qualified within the last two years.
The aim of the ICN Student Network is to:
Create an international network of individual nursing students that exists based upon the values of inclusiveness, diversity, equity, accountability and collegial communication which will serve to collaboratively advance the international nursing agenda in the interest of the public.
With the following specific objectives:
- Provide a forum for nursing students throughout the world to discuss topics related to individual and community health, education and science and to formulate policies from such discussions;
- Promote and facilitate professional and scientific exchanges and extracurricular training for nursing students;
- Link nursing students and international health organizations and encourage co-operation between them for the ultimate benefit of society;
- Recognize the international responsibility of nursing students to foster and advocate for a social justice agenda.
These are important and ambitious objectives and we will need your help in order meet them. We currently exploring new ways in which nursing students, at all levels of education, can participate in ICN Student Network and help this Network to meet these objectives.
This website serves as our primary communication tool and encourage you to check back often for updates and new information. The first thing you can do is to join the network by completing the student application form.
Over the past few years we have developed a Student Network page on the ICN website that addresses issues that student nurses may find of interest. The direct link for the website is: http://www.icn.ch/networks/student-network/
Currently, this website contains information on the ICN Nursing Student Bulletin Board, Student Network Application, presentations from the Student Network meeting in Yokohama, Japan and other relevant content. However, there is much more information that we can add to this website. We need your help to build this resource and ask that if you or any students in your region are interested in submitting articles for this section, please contact us.
We promoted increased student participation in the ICN in our biannual conference. Last year over three hundred students attended our Student Network launch in Yokohama, Japan. At the launch the students agreed on the above-mentioned aim and objectives for the Student Network and identified several priority areas for the Student Network Leadership to work on; these areas include: developing of a country report form, creating/facilitating international student exchange programs, developing sustainable travel funds and project funds and further promoting interprofessional collaboration around the globe. We will continue hosting this event and hope that you will encourage all students to attend this event in Durban, South Africa during the ICN Quadrennial Congress 27 June to 4 July, 2009 where the theme will be “Leading Change, Building Healthier Nations”.
If you or any students you work with would like to become more involved with ICN or if you/they have any suggestions about how ICN Student Network can better serve its student members, please complete the Student Network Application form and feel free to contact us.
We thank you for your continued involvement in the ICN Student Network and look forward to hearing from you!