Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI)

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The ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLITM) offers senior and strategic leadership development at the executive level for nurses from countries across all world regions. The programme draws on the expertise of international expert faculty, allowing participants to review and enhance their national and global leadership skills and behaviours within a collaborative and stimulating learning culture.

The programme receives generous funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, which has supported the GNLITM since 2011. The GNLITM has been supported over the years by additional sponsors, starting with Pfizer Inc., the founding sponsor, the Taiwan government, the State of Geneva and the WHO, all willing to support the programme and assist in developing continued leadership and management education opportunities for the GNLITM alumni using web-based technologies.

Policy and politics determine the health of populations, and the future of the nursing profession. At local, regional, national and international levels, policy and politics, profoundly shape the practice of nursing and the environments where nurses work. Nurse leaders everywhere must gain the right professional, political and policy leadership skills to operate effectively in tough policy arenas.


ICN is offering nurse leaders the opportunity to learn how to maximize their contribution to shaping, influencing and implementing policy decisions through the GNLITM 2018 Policy Programme.


Thirty carefully selected nurse leaders from round the world will attend a one-week residential programme in Geneva. 7-14 September 2018, and complete two modules of preparation and follow-up work before and after.


Working with internationally respected facilitators and speakers, and with access to on-line policy resources and tailor-made materials, participants will enjoy further networking opportunities after the programme, and become more engaged with ICN and other global health leaders.

GNLI Participants


This innovative programme, positioned within the framework of nursing opportunities in a world focused on sustainable development, focuses on the foundations of policy understanding and influence. It aims to increase the capacity of nurse leaders to work for better health outcomes and quality of care while safeguarding the safety, well-being and socio-economic interests of all health workers. 

Participants will engage with experts and colleagues using stimulating and supportive action-learning methods to gain confidence and competence in framing issues, analysing policy contexts and processes, and building coalitions inside and outside healthcare.


GNLITM 2018 programme overview

Policy and politics determine the health of populations, and the future of the nursing profession. Policy and politics, at local, regional, national and international levels, profoundly shape the practice of nursing and the environments where nurses work. Nurse leaders everywhere must gain the right professional, political and policy leadership skills to operate effectively in tough policy arenas. Whether you work in government, management, education, advanced practice, research or development, or for a professional association or trade union, you need to know how to maximize your distinctive contribution to shaping, influencing and implementing policy decisions. This innovative programme, positioned within the framework of nursing opportunities in a global movement committed to sustainable development, focuses on the foundations of policy understanding and influence.

Expected programme outcomes

The GNLITM scholars are joining a blended learning programme that aims to build your capacity to work for better health outcomes and quality of care while safeguarding staff safety, well-being and socioeconomic interests, and enhance your effectiveness in bringing about policy changes that lead to health improvement. It will help you achieve the following outcomes:

  • Better understanding of how to influence policy
  • Improved ability to identify, understand and work with stakeholders within and beyond the nursing profession
  • Greater awareness of the competencies needed to negotiate with fellow executives, government officials, international and nongovernmental organizations and other policy stakeholders
  • Enhanced ability to review and frame the evidence base within your local, national and international political, health and social care contexts
  • Enhanced ability to create clear policy messages that appeal to politicians, policy-makers and the public

All GNLITM scholars are asked to assess their policy leadership competencies at the beginning of the programme, and set their own GNLITM goals, using GNLITM templates and support documents; review their competencies during Module 2; and create an individual development plan to work on during Module 3 and beyond. The scholars will be asked to participate in formative and summative evaluations of the modules and the overall programme.

Programme content

GNLITM 2018 Policy Programme is a five-month programme comprising three modules, as follows:

  • Module 1: Induction, 2 July – 7 September
  • Module 2: Residential workshop, Geneva, 8-14 September
  • Module 3: Implementation, 15 September – 30 November

Module 1: Induction

During this module, scholars start to get familiarized with their colleagues and GNLITM Co-Facilitators. In addition, it is expected for them to prepare assignments and reading materials for Module 2.

Module 2: Residential workshop

The residential workshop takes place at the conference center of the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva. In 2018, the week will focus on three themes developed from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Universal health coverage and health as a human right
  • The primary health care approach
  • Noncommunicable diseases

Using active learning approaches, the module incorporates discussions of the policy process and its political context, strategies for evidence-based policy change within a global context, the role of nurses in leading global health and social policy, and effective communication skills for leaders. In-depth exploration of the work of ICN and the World Health Organization occurs throughout the week, including site visits and conversations with leaders within these organisations. Networking opportunities are threaded throughout the week and set the stage for ongoing relationships among participants beyond the residential Module. Participants reflect on strategies for policy change in their own countries and engage in discussions of regional opportunities for collaboration on policy change and nursing leadership.

Module 3: Implementation

GNLITM Scholars will receive further orientation to Module 3 and discussion of their development needs during the residential workshop. The Module 3 assignments are likely to include the following: work with in-country mentors, carry out on their development plans, continue engaging with ICN, among others.

Education credits

International Continuing Education Credits (ICNECs) have been granted. Credits for Modules 1 and 2 will be given at the end of Module 2.