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
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
UN Ambassadors and longstanding funders celebrate the GCEF
On the occasion of the 10th GCEF Country Coordinators Workshop in Geneva, UN Ambassadors joined long standing funders, Board Directors of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation and ICN staff, to celebrate and learn more about the impact and outcomes of the Girl Child Education Fund since its launch in 2005. After listening intently to moving presentations from the GCEF Country Coordinators, Ambassadors from the four implementing countries of Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia, and those from Norway, Sweden and the USA, where NNAs have been loyal supporters, along with the Project Manager of the Symphasis Foundation, all pledged further support and continued solidarity. With over 300 graduates since 2006, the GCEF has also made an impact in lowering dropout and pregnancy rates amongst the participants.
Attending were: H.E. Mrs Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the United States of America; H.E. Ms. Encyla Sinjela, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia; H.E.
Mr. John Kakonge, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Ambassador Rossette Nyirinkindi Katungye, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda; H.E. Mr Steffen Kongstad, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Norway; Ms Jennifer J. Neves, Chargé d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Swaziland; Ms Katarina Martholm Fried, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Sweden; Thomas Albert, Project Manager, Symphasis Charitable Foundation; Dr. Patrizia Carlevaro, FNIF Board Director; Linda Carrier-Walker, FNIF Board Director; Jean Barry, ICN Nurse Consultant; Maite Martinez, ICN Policy Coordinator. The Ambassadors of Denmark and Japan and Paula DeCola of Pfizer regretted they were not able to attend.
ICN President Judith Shamian delivers the ICN Board’s statement on Ebola
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 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.