Global Nursing Leadership Institute™

6 June 2023 - 30 June 2024

GNLI 2023 Programme

Nurses from around the world will be selected as GNLI 2023 scholars through a competitive process. Successful applicants from high and middle-income countries will be expected to find their own source of funding to attend, while bursaries may be available for those from low-income countries (as per the World Bank classification). All applicants will be required to demonstrate support from their employer, national nursing association or other professional organisation, and professional network. Working with internationally respected facilitators and speakers, and with access to online policy resources and tailor-made materials, GNLI scholars will enjoy opportunities to network with ICN and other global and regional health institutions and leaders. They will develop their competence in strategically influencing policy and enhance their capacity to work for better health outcomes.

Current Programme Fees

ICN Members1 3,500 CHF (Swiss Francs)2
Non-members 5,000 CHF (Swiss Francs)2
Bursaries Bursaries may be offered to applicants working, living and participating from a low- / lower middle-income country as per the World Bank classification. To consult the list click here

1 – To consult ICN Member’s list click here.
2 – The fees cover all tuition; programme learning materials; use of and access to the online educational platform;full accommodation and meals for the residential Module (20-27 October 2023); transfers from/to Geneva airport on arrival/departure; receptions; one site visit.

Programme overview

The GNLI encourages you to focus on your personal and professional development as a necessary foundation to becoming a more effective leader. You will set your own programme goals during Module 1, using templates and support documents; review and develop your competencies during Module 2; and create an individual development plan to work on during and beyond the programme.

Module 1 launches on 6 June 2023 with a 2-hour all-scholar session to orient you to the programme. This session is followed by three 2-hour sessions of scholars in their WHO Region and includes a meeting with the WHO Regional Office’s lead for nursing and midwifery to learn about the region’s priorities, Subsequently, scholars in each region will develop and work on a policy-related regional project that aligns with the WHO regional priorities. The group will identify the project by the end of Module 1 and present the project plan to a diverse group of potential stakeholders at the end of Module 3. You will also have opportunities to meet with your regional group during Module 2 to continue to work on the project plan. This group project will provide you with a regional network of nurse colleagues to continue collaborations beyond the GNLI.

You will also be asked to identify and work on a real-life individual project connected to policy in some way, whether in the short-term or long-term, to enable you to apply some of the lessons around strategies to be an effective leader in policy. This can be a project in which you are already engaged.

Module 2 (20-27 October 2023) provides the intensive interactive learning experiences that constitute the core of GNLI and traditionally takes place at an ecumenical retreat centre near Geneva. Scholars are expected to arrive on or before 20 October to begin the in-person programme on the morning of 21 October. Scholars are expected to be fully present for the entire week. Meals are shared with other scholars, faculty and guests. The days begin at 08:00 CET and end after dinner around 21:00.

This module includes discussions of the policy process and its political context; strategies for evidence-based policy change that promote population health; the role of nurses in leading local, national, regional and global health and social policy; and effective communication skills for leaders including framing, messaging and use of media. It provides opportunities for in-depth explorations of the social determinants of health (SDOH), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), health disparities and gender equity, with reflections on their relevance to the work of ICN, WHO and the WHO Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (GSDNM). It includes a site visit to the WHO headquarters and meetings with global leaders. The module provides you with opportunities to reflect on effective strategies for policy change in your individual projects, your own country, your region and the world. You will also be able to continue your discussions of your regional projects. Scholars will engage in individual and group exercises, and participate in ongoing critical analyses and self- and group reflections.

This is a blended learning programme through which you engage with experts and colleagues using stimulating and supportive action-learning methods. It is not an academic lecture series, although it introduces concepts and theories where appropriate, and is rooted in evidence as well as experience.



All GNLI scholars are asked to assess their policy leadership competencies at the beginning of the programme and set their own GNLI goals. You will review these competencies at the end of Module 1 and create your own individual development plan to work on during Module 2 and beyond.

Programme evaluation

You will be invited to participate in formative and summative evaluations of the modules and the overall programme.

GNLI Certification

Scholars are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all scheduled sessions to receive a certificate of completion of the programme and be a part of the GNLI Alumni Network.

Education credits

International Continuing Nursing Education Credits (ICNECS) have been granted.

Programme Faculty

Diana Mason

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, (New York, USA) is the Programme Director for GNLI and Facilitator for the PAHO/AMRO region

Dr Mason is a leader in nursing and healthcare, a journalist, a scholar, an educator, a researcher and public health nurse with numerous awards for her work in these areas. She is Professor Emerita at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the Senior Policy Service Professor at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She is past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing. An international speaker and writer about policy and politics, Dr Mason is the lead editor of the award-winning book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, now in its 8th edition. She serves on the boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions; contributed to the two National Academy of Medicine reports on The Future of Nursing and served on another that addressed Integrating Social Needs Care Into the Delivery of Health Care; co-chaired the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s report on Registered Nurses: Partners in Transforming Primary Care; and serves on several national advisory committees, including one for Kaiser Health News, a leading health news source in the U.S. She has keynoted conferences and conducted workshops for ICN, Belize, Taiwan, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, and the United States. She has produced and hosted a weekly radio program on health and health policy for over 40 years; currently, she hosts the weekly program, HealthCetera in the Catskills, on WIOX Radio. She lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @djmasonrn


Patsy Yates

Patsy Yates, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACN, AM, (Australia) is the GNLI Deputy Programme Director

Dr Patsy Yates is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience as a leader in education and research in the health sector. Prior to her appointment as Executive Dean in the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2020, Patsy was Professor and Head of the School of Nursing at QUT. She also currently holds the position of Co-Director for QUT’s Centre for Healthcare Transformation. Patsy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Australian College of Nursing. She has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and was awarded the USA Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Researcher Award in 2018. Patsy is the immediate Past President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and a past-President of Palliative Care Australia. She was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor at QUT in 2019, and in 2020 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to tertiary education, to cancer and palliative care nursing, and to medical research.


Karen Bjoro

Karen Bjøro, RN, PhD (Norway) is GNLI 2023 Faculty and EURO Region Facilitator

Dr Bjøro Is a Norwegian nurse. She was Vice President of the Norwegian Nurses Organization (NNO) from 2011-2019. She is currently the Second Vice President of the International Council of Nurses Board of Directors, and is an advocate for student engagement in ICN. Dr Bjøro is a board member of the European Forum for National Nurses and Midwives Associations, which collaborates closely with the WHO European Regional Office. Dr Bjøro has represented ICN at the World Health Assembly and the WHO European Regional Committee. She attended GNLI in 2016, became a GNLI Regional Co-facilitator for the Euro Region in 2020, and joined the GNLI faculty in 2021. Dr Bjøro has been strongly involved in collaboration between the NNO and the nurses’ organisations in Rwanda and Malawi. She was a board member/chair of the International Competence Center Tanzania Ltd (TICC) from 2011-2020. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of these initiatives.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @KarenBjoro


Sarvjeet Kaur

Lt. Col. Sarvjeet Kaur, PhD, MSc, BSc (Delhi, India) is GNLI 2023 Faculty and SEARO Region Facilitator

Lt Col (Dr) Sarvjeet Kaur, PhD (Public Administration), MSc (Nursing) Community Health Nursing, BSc (Nursing) is working as the Secretary of the Indian Nursing Council, which is the NNA in India under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She was a student of GNLI in 2019 and has been a Co-facilitator for SEARO region for GNLI since 2020 after having undergone the co-facilitator programme. Dr Kaur has a rich academic and clinical experience of 15 years and administrative experience of around seven years, working in various capacities in many tertiary care hospitals across India, and educational institutes under different universities and military headquarters in Delhi. She is a recognised post-graduate and undergraduate teacher in nursing and has a rich experience teaching MSc(N) and BSc(N) students. Dr Kaur’s professional passion is working in the public health setup to strengthen maternal and child healthcare: her key interest areas are providing home-based preventive promotive care. She has helped upgrade Diploma to BSc programme and Schools of Nursing to Colleges of Nursing, prepared new course curriculum and worked with national authorities. As a regulator, she has worked actively in formulation and implementation of various government policies for nursing education and development. Including the revision of curriculum to include current competencies, implementation of practitioner roles for nurses in India, inclusion of residency programmes, nursing safety issues during COVID, facilitating national midwifery initiative with NGOs and other stakeholders, and the creation of a national nursing workforce account portal.

Email: [email protected]


Edna Tallam-Kimaiyo

Edna C. Tallam–Kimaiyo, RN, MPH, PhD, CGNC (Nairobi-Kenya, East Africa Region) is GNLI 2023 Faculty and Facilitator for the AFRO and EMRO regions.

Dr Tallam is a national leader transforming Kenya’s health systems by regulating nursing education and practice, and a certified Global Nurse Consultant. She is the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing Council of Kenya. She oversees the management and administration of the Council’s functions, legislative compliance, leadership, training, registration, licensure and standards of Nursing and Midwifery practice under statutory requirements.

Dr Tallam holds a PhD in Midwifery Education, a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a Fellow of the Afyabora Global Health leadership programme. She graduated in 2018 from the GNLI™ Programme. She was the facilitator for the AFRO Region in GNLI 2020 and the AFRO/EMRO in GNLI 2021, as well as a cross regional facilitator.

Dr Tallam’s rich and vast experience has inspired her to lead nurses and midwives toward building health systems and enhance their leadership capacity for promoting progressive health care policies and implementation. She is a COVID-19 national task force member, a team leader in developing the scope of practice for Advanced Nurse Practitioner (APN) and Advanced Midwife Practitioner (APM) in Kenya, and the development of national policy for nurses and midwives in Kenya. Dr Tallam is also an executive member of the National Nurses Association of Kenya, the East, Central, Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) Association and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – Africa, and a member of the East Africa Sectoral Council – Regulations of Health professional committee. She has also been part of the Ministry of Health delegation to the World Health Assembly.

Dr Tallam is married and blessed with a daughter and a son. Her hobbies are farming, golfing, and she likes to take nature walks and bicycle rides in the beautiful serene Kenyan landscapes.

Email: [email protected]



Catherine Schofield

Catherine Schofield, RN, MN, GCNC (Tasmania, Australia) is GNLI 2023 Faculty and Facilitator for the WPRO regions

Catherine Schofield is the Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Services for Statewide Mental Health Services in Tasmania, providing high-level strategic advice regarding contemporary mental health policy and clinical practice. Previously, as the clinical advisor to the Tasmanian Minister for Health, Ms Schofield successfully carried out significant stakeholder consultations in relation to the implementation of strategic policy for health reform, as well as assisting in the development of Rethink Mental Health 2020, the state plan for mental health in Tasmania 2020–2025 and the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Ms Schofield is also the Tasmanian practitioner member on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, developing and setting policy, professional standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery professions. She was a GNLI 2019 Scholar, co-facilitated the WPRO Region of GNLI 2020, and is absolutely thrilled to be a facilitator for the GNLI 2023 programme. Ms Schofield lives with her husband Ron, has three children and three grandchildren. When she has spare time, she likes to make ceramic sculptures, sing in a choir, and walk in the Australian bush.


Angele Wallerlei

Angèle Wallerlei - Kumbangsila MBA, Nurse Educator, RN, CGNC (Suriname) is GNLI 2023 Faculty and Facilitator for the PAHO region

Angèle Walleri-Kumbangsila is a leader in nursing and healthcare in Suriname. Educated as a nurse, she isa specialist in education, (quality) management and leadership. Currently she is the Director of the Nursing School and Advisor to the Minister of Health. In this position Ms Walleri-Kumbangsila has designed, implemented, and lead national changes in nursing education in Suriname. During the COVID crisis she was called upon by the Ministry of Health to lead the nation’s response for COVID-19. She was the lead writer for the National Plan for Healthcare 2022 – 2025 and appointed as one of the programme leaders for the national reform plan for healthcare in Suriname. As a nurse leader, Ms Walleri-Kumbangsila is a member of the national policy body for Nursing (RAVESUR) responsible for formulating and implementing national policy for nursing. Currently she is involved in writing the Strategic plan for Nursing in Suriname. Under her leadership, a national magazine for nurses, “We Nurse,” was initiated and is being published by the nursing school.

Ms Walleri-Kumbangsila is a certified Mediator, a certified Global Nurse Consultant and a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor Society of Nursing/Phi Gamma. She enjoys time with her granddaughter. Reading and a good work out are part of her routine as much as possible.

Email: [email protected]


Eva Said

Eva Said - GNLI 2023 Faculty and Facilitator for the EMRO region

Eva Said is the director of Nursing & Midwifery Development Centre in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which focuses on continuing education of nurses and midwives, and the development of nursing and midwifery as professions. She is a Global Nursing Leadership Institute graduate of 2017, a GNLI facilitator, co-facilitator of the GNLI EMRO Alumni Group, and a certified Global Nursing Consultant. Ms Said completed her BSc and MSc in Nursing in Slovakia but worked mostly in the UK as an oncology and palliative care clinical nurse specialist. Since moving to Iraq in 2009, she taught at the College of Nursing at Hawler Medical University in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of the country until 2018, and has worked in a non-governmental sector since 2014. She is particularly interested in the development of the nursing profession in low- and middle-income countries, health, and nursing policy, and continuing education of nurses and midwives. She is currently working on her PhD degree at Kingston University in the UK. Eva lives in Erbil with her husband and four children and enjoys music, nature, and gardening in her spare time.


Distinguished speakers, including from ICN, WHO and other relevant Geneva-based institutions will join in Module 2.

Ways of Working

Part of building a learning community is agreeing on how we want to work together. Also called “ground rules” or “principles of engagement,” our “ways of working” together will help us to create a safe space and trusted community of scholars:

  1. Be prepared.
  2. Respect everyone as experts.
  3. One person speaks at a time; communicate clearly at all times.
  4. Listen actively to others.
  5. Participate actively and thoughtfully.
  6. Be fully present; includes turning cell/mobile phones off and not multi-tasking during sessions.
  7. Observe confidentiality: ‘What is said in the Zoom Room, stays in the Zoom Room.’ No tweeting during sessions or sharing specific information or photos with others outside the group, unless permission obtained.
  8. Bring concerns back to the group during check in, check out, or anytime during the session.
  9. Disagree with ideas, always respectfully; avoid making personal observations about other people.
  10. Start and end on time.

How to apply

Click here to apply to GNLI 2023

Applications to participate in GNLI 2023 must be submitted until 19 February 2023.


If you have any questions about GNLI 2023, contact us here