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Enf of the Year (2015) greetings

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2015 01:00

Dialogue on Noncommunicable Diseases and International Cooperation

ICN will take part in the Dialogue on Noncommunicable Diseases and International Cooperation convened by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Noncommunicable Diseases from 30 November through1 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Dialogue provides a platform for an interactive, strategic multi-stakeholder discussion on how countries can fulfil the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in 2011 and 2014 to strengthen international cooperation on the prevention and control of NCDs within the framework of North–South, South–South and triangular cooperation. The dialogue will result in a report with recommendations. This is the first global meeting convened by the WHO on NCDs following the United Nations General Assembly Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 development Agenda (New York, 25-27 September 2015).  The Dialogue will provide an opportunity to explore how to countries can fulfil their NCD commitments in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030, which includes a global target to, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 01:00

South American Nursing Summit

Dr. Marlen Calvo Solano, member of the ICN Board, has participated at the 1st South American Nursing Summit in Paraguay which has established the South American Nursing Council.
The 1st South American Nursing Summit was held 14-15 August in Asunción, Paraguay, and gathered nurses from associations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, El Salvador and Uruguay in order to reflect about current and future challenges and concretise agreements for strengthening communication and solidarity of nursing in South America. The nursing leaders participating in the Summit have created the South American Nursing Council with the objectives of ensuring the leadership development of nurses in the region, strengthening the engagement of nurses at governmental level and their participation at policy tables and making progress in the regulation of the nursing education and nursing professional practice.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030

Two global meetings on nursing and midwifery were held in Geneva from 15-18 September 2015. The meetings supported the current work on developing a Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 (GSHRH). The first meeting focused on the documentation of the rich history of nursing and midwifery in WHO to inform the future of nursing and midwifery in the context of the global GSHRH 2030 and within the multidisciplinary interdependent health care delivery system. The second meeting focused on discussing the draft strategic directions on nursing and midwifery development 2016-2030 a critical companion to the GSHRH 2030. Read more…

Forty five participants attending these meeting were drawn from all six WHO regions and included Directors of WHO Collaborating Centers for nursing and midwifery development, regional Advisers for nursing and midwifery, stake holders including ICN, ICM, ILO, the Nightingale international Initiative, UNICEF, UNFPA and selected WHO departments. At the conclusion of these meetings, critical information was generated for the documentation of the history of nursing and midwifery in WHO. Both meetings were presided over by Jim Campbell, Director HWH and Annette Mwansa Nkowane, Technical Officer for nursing and midwifery supported by the international nurse expert and facilitator Stephanie Ferguson. A draft of the strategic direction on nursing and midwifery (2016-2030) will be made available for consultation from the 2-20 November 2015. A publication on the history of Nursing and Midwifery will be launched in May 2016.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 01:00

UN Sustainable Development Summit

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years. 

At this time of transition to the sustainable development goals (SDGs), ICN would like to highlight the need for a more system-wide investment with primary focus on health promotion and prevention of illness and other unhealthy conditions. As countries are accelerating efforts towards universal health coverage, there is a clear need for strong, well-equipped and well-staffed healthcare systems in order to continuously provide good quality healthcare services to all people in need. Nurses are the frontline responders to a range of health problems as a result of factors that are beyond health sector control. We believe that health must be considered in non-health goals including poverty, nutrition, water and sanitation, environment, education, human rights, gender and equity, disaster risk reduction and transport.

Nurses’ contributions to achieving global development goals take place both at the point of care and at the policy decision making table. As prime healthcare service providers, nurses can provide quantitative and qualitative data to inform evidence based policy development. To ensure smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals, and to keep the momentum and accelerate the efforts to achieve health for all, ICN encourages the involvement of nurses both in health and non-health policy design, planning and implementation at national, regional and international levels. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:00

12th of May 2015: The International Nurses Day

The message of the ICN President, Judith Shamian

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 01:00

Dr Norma Lang looks back at the beginning of ICNP

                                               Norma Lang

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the International Classification for Nursing Practice,
Dr Norma Lang looks back at the beginning of ICNP.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 01:00

26 January: Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration

On 26 January, an event will be held in Geneva, Switzerland to celebrate the first anniversary of the Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration between patients’ organisations, healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry.  The Consensus Framework was established by five global healthcare organisations in order to support partnerships that will aim to delivers great patient benefits and support high quality patient care.  The five founding organisations are the International Alliance of Patients Organizations (IAPO), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Association (IFPMA) the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the World Medical Association (WMA).  This year, two new partners have endorsed the Framework: the International Hospital Federation /IHF) and the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance (IGPA).  For more information on the anniversary event, please contact the IFPMA secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:00

Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Instrument

ICN and Pfizer have jointly developed a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Instrument to assess nurse’s lifestyle behaviour, with a particular focus on healthy ageing. Thanks to further funding from Pfizer, this instrument will now be expanded to include further questions on immunisation, cholesterol levels and work environment issues.

The new HRA will be sent to selected nurse populations in order to study results and create collateral material to support identified needs.  The results will be presented at a “Healthy Nurse” booth at the ICN Conference in Korea in June, where additional data will be collected from participants. Maintaining a healthy workforce is important for both nurses themselves and to protect vulnerable patients.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 01:00


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