The Connecting Nurses programme, supported by Sanofi, aims to provide an online forum for nurses worldwide to share ideas, advice and innovations. Connecting Nurses has been developed through a partnership between ICN, International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF), Secrétariat International Des Infirmières et Infirmiers de l'Espace Francophone (SIDIIEF), FEND (Fondation of European Nurses in Diabetes) and Association Française pour le Développement de l'Education Thérapeutique (AFDET). The Connecting Nurses forum will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources, championing nursing accomplishments and advancing nursing practice worldwide. There are two programmes within Connecting Nurses: Care Challenge and Information Shareapy.
Care Challenge is an annual contest that highlights nursing innovations and helps to put them into practice. It encourages nurses from across the world to upload their ideas, thereby forming a content community. In 2012, 20 entries received special recognition. Since 2012 in addition to general entries, there is an additional chronic disease focus.
Information Shareapy, which will launch in 2013, is a prototype patient education service for nurses and midwives to share links to high quality, reputable health resources with their patients, families, friends or colleagues. The goals of Information Shareapy include: to help nurses connect with each other and with other health professionals, to help nurses in their interactions with patients, and to help nurses stay updated.