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SLNA Ebola report

Senesie Margao, President of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA) has sent ICN an update on the situation regarding the Ebola virus in their country.  As of 3 September 2014, the SNLA reports 1,115 confirmed cases; 399 confirmed deaths of whom over 40 are nurses; 251 discharged cases, total survived and sent home.  The SNLA recently carried out a training of nurses on the prevention and care of Ebola patients, with funding from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.  The training, which took place in 14 districts with 568 nurses, concentrated on:

  • introduction to the virus
  • clinical management
  • infection control
  • nursing a patient with Ebola
  • safe care of the dead
  • supportive care for the caregiver and
  • practical training on personal protective equipment and working in an isolation unit
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 01:00

Nurses Awards

Marla Weston, Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association, has been chosen as one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” along with three other nurses: Marilyn Tavenner, agency administrator with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Sister Carol Keehan, President and CEO of Catholic Health Association; and Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Linda Doull, a registered nurse with a Master degree in Community Health, has been appointed as Global Health Cluster Coordinator to lead the WHO’s Global Health Cluster Unit.  The GHC is made up of more than 30 international humanitarian health organizations, including ICN, that have been working together over the past four years to build partnerships and mutual understanding and to develop common approaches to humanitarian health action.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 01:00

World Alzheimer’s Month

AlzheimersSeptember is World Alzheimer’s Month. With the theme, ‘Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?', this year’s campaign focuses on ways we may be able to help reduce our risk of developing dementia with brain healthy lifestyles. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are currently estimated to be 44 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 135 million by 2050. Nurses have a central role to play in raising public awareness and recognition of dementia throughout the world.  They can promote the importance of assessment and early diagnosis; the need for inclusive community support services and accommodation options; and the value of education and training for formal and informal caregivers.  They can encourage and support caregiver self-help groups and multidisciplinary collaboration in dementia-oriented practice and research, and they can advocate for the protection of patients’ rights and interests.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 01:00

Healthworkers at Risk

150 years after the adoption of the original Geneva Convention to protect the wounded on the battlefield, violence against patients and healthcare workers remains a major problem.  Blatant disrespect for the neutral status of medical facilities, transport and personnel is all too common in places such as Syria, Gaza or South Sudan.  The ICRC’s Health Care in Danger Project aims to protect healthcare workers by making access to healthcare in situations of armed violence more secure. Their latest video raises awareness about international humanitarian law, including the rules that protect patients and healthcare workers.

ICN’s advocacy work to protect healthcare workers and lobby for other key issues can be found on our advocacy page.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 01:00

WHO declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

In light of the WHO declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as a public health emergency of international concern and the continuing loss of life in the four involved countries including that of nurses and other health care workers, ICN wishes to send  a message of continued support to those providing health care in these countries and our condolences to those who have been most affected. The ICN acknowledges and applauds the courageous work of the nurses and other healthcare workers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria during this tragic outbreak. We continue to monitor and discuss the situation with our colleagues within the WHO. For more information, we refer you to the WHO websites below as they have the most up to date information informed by in-country teams:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 01:00

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia was elected to act as Secretariat of the Global Network.  A  Ceremony of Transfer was held on 29 July 2014 in Coimbra, Portugal at the 17th General Meeting of the WHO CC Global Network.  The Network is comprised of WHO Collaborating Centre from the six regions of WHO, who focus on nursing and midwifery.  Founded in 1988 the Network strives to enhance the collaborative activities of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres, supporting WHO’s efforts toward universal health coverage. More information can be found on www.globalnetworkwhocc.com/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 01:00

The Fight the Fakes campaign

The Fight the Fakes campaign welcomes 11 new partners: Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU), the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP), the European Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (GIRP), the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF), Mobilium, the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), PSM India and the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI).  There are now 25 member organisations in the campaign which raises awareness about the dangers of fake medicines. Fight the Fakes is a global movement of organisations and individuals that speak up and help spread the word about this under-reported, yet growing crime.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 01:00

The 2nd Latin American Workforce Forum

The 2nd Latin American Workforce Forum (LAWFF) was held 24-25 April, 2014 in Havana, Cuba, following the meeting of the Federación Panamericana de Profesionales de Enfermería (FEPPEN), 22–23 April. During the forum FEPPEN held a training session on “Working together in the development of human resources in Latin America”. There was also a panel discussion on the “Development and training of human resources in nursing”. Over 50 participants from 18 countries were in attendance including the ICN President and ICN Board members from Costa Rica and Bolivia.  A communique was developed and is available here.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 01:00

World Immunisation Week 24-30 April: Are you up to date?

Immunisation is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. Thanks to modern vaccines crippling childhood diseases have been brought under control and some like smallpox have been eradicated saving the lives of millions. Immunisation is also a key strategy to ensure global health security and to respond to the threat of emerging infections. Despite the success of immunisation, parents sometimes fail to have their children fully vaccinated due to misinformation and unfounded rumours about possible adverse events. Failure to protect children through vaccination far outweighs any likelihood of adverse events following immunisation.

Nurses have possibly the most important role to play of any health care professional in the immunisation process. As the largest professional group that has presence in all health settings, nurses are most likely to advise and inform parents on vaccination, as well as actually administer vaccines. Nurses are also well placed to act as role models to achieve national goals and targets for immunisation coverage.  ICN’s publication Adult and Childhood Immunisation provides up-to-date information to nurses and other health professionals.  In addition, ICN has a fact sheet on Immunisations for health care workers: influenza and hepatits B which explores the issues associated with the immunisation of health care workers against these two important vaccine-preventable diseases.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:00

7 April: World Health Day: small creatures, big threat

World Health Day 2014 is focusing on vector-borne diseases which account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases.  Malaria alone kills an estimated one million people every year. It has been recognised that climate change could significantly affect the ranges and numbers of disease vectors, such as mosquitoes, water quality, air quality, and food availability and quality.

In particular, ICN is concerned that the more than three billion people, who presently live in poverty across the world, will be seriously affected by climatic changes, as they are more dependent on natural resources, more vulnerable to infectious diseases and more prone to suffer the impact of disasters such as flood, drought, fires, and storms.

ICN Publications on Health and the Environment:

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 13:06

March 24: World Tuberculosis Day

Reach the three million, A TB test, treatment and cure for all.

Of the nine million people a year who get sick with TB, a third of them do not get the TB services they deserve. The ICN TB/MDR-TB project is working to change that by providing more nurses around the world with the skills, expertise and knowledge in the prevention, care and treatment of TB. Nurses are in a unique position among health care providers to bridge the gap between health facilities and the community – the gap where many of the three million get lost. By integrating services effectively and engaging with local communities a continuum of care can be provided to ensure that everyone who experiences symptoms can access the right tests; people who have been tested will be given the results and if TB is diagnosed, will get access to the treatment they need in a way which fits into their lifestyle and takes account of their other priorities. The ICN TB Project is supported by a United Way Worldwide grant made possible by the Lilly Foundation on behalf of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.

We are pleased to be able to share with you the experiences of TB nurses across the world:

  • China: Nursing Director, Meng Guiyun from the Xinjiang Chest Hospital in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China is an outstanding alumnus of the ICN Training for Transformation project in China. Director Meng attended the first ICN training in China in 2009 and returned in 2010. Since the first training she has been successful in advocating to hold several trainings for nurses and other healthcare providers in her hospital as well as in several remote areas of the province. As of 2011 she has trained more than 1,000 healthcare workers across Xinjiang on TB.

In addition, she and colleagues who also attended the training in 2009 developed a handbook on TB that was given to prison medical staff to help identify signs and symptoms of TB among prisoners as well as information on appropriate treatment. They have also carried out trainings with prison medical staff on various aspects of TB including infection control.

Following the training Director Meng implemented changes in practice and has indicated that between 2009 and 2011 the percentage of staff unable to properly name medications used to treat TB decreased from 31.7% to 3.5%. Medication dosage errors also decreased from 5.9% to 0.5% during this same time period. The hospital also showed a decrease in the patient default rate from 5.2% to 3.5%.

Moreover, after successfully advocating for changes in infection control measures, UV lights were installed in the TB wards and the hospital has made improvements in ventilation in the wards resulting in a decrease in the number of TB cases among healthcare workers in the hospital from 27 cases in 2009 to 5 cases in 2011.

In 2013, Director Meng, in collaboration with another nurse leader, developed and published a book on TB infection control and best practices of care for TB patients specifically for nurses. This book is now available for purchase across China.

  • Indonesia: Veteran project lead from Indonesia, Astuti Yuni Nursasi, is the ICN TB Project focal point for Indonesian National Nurses association (INNA). Since 2010 she has been involved in three workshops as co-trainer and focal point for the ICN TB Project. She has shown great initiative especially with regard to advocating the nursing role in TB management and was personally involved in the development of standards for nursing practice issued by the Indonesian National TB Programme. In October 2013, she presented on the outcomes of the training in Indonesia at the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease Global Lung Health Conference in Paris. Today, she is writing her dissertation and plans to develop a nursing model of empowering nurses, health volunteers, family and TB clients to improve TB patients’ independence in TB treatment.

Yuni participated in the Second Forum of the Stop TB Partnership in the SE Asia, Western Pacific and East Mediterranean Regions on 3-4 March 2014 and will attend Indonesia’s National Symposium of TB on 29 March 2014.

  • Russia: Irina Lyapina, a chief nurse of Tolyatti TB Dispensary says that the ICN TB project has changed her professional life since she was able to participate in the first Train the Trainer workshops devoted to TB/MDR-TB care in 2009. Since then Irina has trained lots of nurses not only in her dispensary, but also in general primary and hospital care. She continues to teach both nurses and students and to study herself. She is interested in expanding the nursing role in caring for TB patients and in conducting a study on depression among the patients of a TB+HIV unit and nursing interventions that might be useful in controlling depression.

Tolyatti TB Dispensary has a unit for treatment of patients infected by both TB and HIV. Before 2012 this unit provided controlled treatment of TB, but there was no special control over HIV treatment from the unit staff. Patients or their family members needed to visit the AIDS Center to receive ARV drugs but some were unable to do so due to different reasons. In 2012 nursing roles in this unit were extended in order to provide coordinated and controlled treatment of both TB and HIV. In this new system the ARV drugs are sent to the nursing post and, after proper documentation by the head nurse, are given to the patients by the ward nurses. Nurses are also responsible for providing controlled treatment and motivating patients to continue the treatment. It is well known that patients receiving both TB and HIV therapy suffer from side-effects; many develop depression. Nurses monitor the emotional well-being of patients and intervene, provide necessary support and invite specialist doctors for individual consultations. As a result, all indicators of treatment outcomes in the unit have significantly improved. Out of all patients who received treatment in 2012, 79% of discharged patients were TB bacteria negative, and in 2013 this had risen to 86%. In addition, the TB/HIV unit achieved a decrease in mortality rates.

ICN TB Resources:

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:27


Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 10:45

ICN - Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2014

The 2014 Global Nursing Leadership Institute will be held 6-12 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. With 35 senior nurse leaders participating from 30 countries, representing all regions of the world, this is the largest class yet selected for the 6-day advanced leadership programme.  Under the theme of “Governance and Management”, the 2014 GNLI offers nurse leaders the opportunity to develop knowledge and competencies that focus on professional and self-regulation.  They will also learn how to deal with increasingly complex ethical challenges and to develop skills to understand institutional governance and management in the context of non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and other strategic partners.  

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 01:00