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ICN Board’s statement on Ebola

ICN President Judith Shamian delivers the ICN Board’s statement on Ebola

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 01:00

Nurses elected to Institute of Medicine

Dr Stephanie Ferguson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN,Director of ICN’s Leadership for Change Programme and the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute, and Dr Sheila Tlou, Ph.D., RN,Faculty member of the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute and regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNAIDS, have been elected as members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  Other nurses who were elected include: Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, professor and chair of biobehavioral nursing, biobehavioral nursing and health systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle; and Kathleen Marie Potempa, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 01:00

The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector

The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will be held 22-24 October in Miami, Florida, USA.  The theme is “Towards safety, security and wellbeing for all”. Work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector is a major problem which diminishes the quality of working life for staff, compromises organizational effectiveness and ultimately impacts negatively on the provision and quality of care. These problems pervade both service settings and all occupational professional groups in the health sector.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:00

11 October: International Day of the Girl Child

This year’s theme for the International Day of the Girl Child is “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence” in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and of preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence adolescent girls experience.  According to the World Health Organization women with less education are generally more likely to experience violence than those with higher levels of education.  The ICN-FNIF Girl Child Education Fund supports the primary and secondary schooling of girls under the age of 18 in developing countries whose nurse parent or parents have died. Please donate today to support African nurses and ensure a brighter future for their daughters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:00

10 October World Mental Health Day

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, ICN has identified the following actions for nurses and national nurses associations to combat stigma and discrimination and to transform mental health for all:

  • Promote mental health and prevent illness
  • Improve access to mental health care services
  • Promote community participation in mental health services planning, operation and evaluation
  • Influence policy makers and the public to shift from institutional care to primary health care through community-based programmes and task shifting approaches
  • Address educational needs of health personnel in mental health issues
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:00

Death penalty statement

On World Day Against the Death Penalty, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) strongly affirms its position that nurses should play no voluntary role in any deliberate infliction of physical or mental suffering and should not participate, either directly or indirectly, in the preparation for and the implementation of executions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:00

1 October 2014: International Day for Older Persons: “Older people – a new power for development"

According to the World Health Organization, there are currently around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over worldwide; this total will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 - the vast majority of them in the developing world. While such a major demographic change presents huge challenges to healthcare, often the contributions that older people make to society are overlooked: contributions such as volunteer work, transmitting experience and knowledge, helping their families with caring responsibilities and participating in the paid labour force. The nursing workforce is also ageing yet older nurses are a rich human resource pool. In many countries, they represent the fastest growing segment of the nursing workforce. Their premature or forced exit from the workforce and/or reduction in working hours means a loss of much needed and experienced nurses to care for patients. When they retire, their knowledge, wisdom and clinical expertise are lost, as is their contribution to training and mentoring the next generation of nurses. ICN advocates for positive practice environments for all health professionals across all age groups, to end age related discrimination and improve working conditions; develops and promotes nursing human resource management competencies in order to improve the abilities of managers to develop and implement HR policies that effectively address the needs of an ageing nursing workforce; and raises awareness through publications, position statements and at meetings and other forums on the specific issues facing the older nurse.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 01:00

29 September – World Heart Day

Join the global movement for better heart-healthy choices wherever you live, work and play.

Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising. By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVDs annually.  The focus of the 2014 World Heart Day is the creation of a global movement to harness the power of individuals to protect their own, and others', heart health.
ICN’s Grow Your Wellness website provides nurses with key educational resources to help them adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and reap the many benefits, such as increased energy, a sense of wellness and a reduction in the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 01:00

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

Full report

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 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

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

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

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


Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 10:45