Organizational Development of National Nursing Associations (ODENNA)

ICN's ODENNA partnership aims to build stronger and more sustainable nursing associations on the African continent for improved healthcare delivery and health prevention measures. Supported by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and The BD Foundation, this partnership will pave the way for a global scale-up of the concept. 

Nurses play a vital role in enabling people to access care and treatment wherever they live, including in remote rural areas. For many, nurses are the only health professionals they ever see, so it is vitally important that nurses have the support and guidance they need to deliver the best possible care for all their patients.

One of the core functions of National Nursing Associations (NNAs) is to provide advocacy to influence better health outcomes, whilst building respect, recognition and support for the nursing profession. Strengthening ICN member NNAs to effectively influence and positively impact improvements in healthcare delivery and prevention is essential for ICN’s global voice of nursing to continue being heard and for nurses to be valued as knowledgeable professionals and system navigators.

The ODENNA partnership will bring together ICN’s National Nurses Associations and Nursing Now Groups in Africa with the goal of improving protection, support and advocacy for nurses on the ground.

The scheme is a package which includes the ICN’s Leadership For Change (LFC)™ programme, the ICN Organizational Assessment Tool, and twinning of well-established NNAs with less mature associations to enable them to increase their capacity to represent their nurses, yielding mutually beneficial engagement and collaboration.

Phase 1 of the ODENNA partnership, now concluding, gathered NNA feedback in the region regarding the initiative and saw the training of faculty and facilitators from NNAs who will eventually run educational activities in participating countries.

Phase 2 will see the implementation of subregional Leadership for Change training and of the ICN Organizational Assessment Tool, with the development by NNAs of plans to address areas identified for improvement.

Phase 3 will involve the establishment of the LFC programme in each participating country and the rollout of NNA strategic plans.

We are very grateful and acknowledge the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and The BD Foundation for their supporting grants!


Watch the ODENNA session during the ICN Congress, 2 November 2021 at 16h00 here

Download the ODENNA press release here

Read the BD press release here