Membership benefits

Established in 1899 and the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals, the International Council of Nurses provides a world stage for nursing and health priorities, characterised and defined by:

Credibility: ICN is a long established and globally respected nongovernmental organisation that leads in identifying and addressing the key issues on the nursing profession and how nurses impact the health and wellbeing of patients, families and populations.

Leadership: The organisation delivers global leadership, ensuring that National Nursing Associations, through their collective action at the global level, add value to their own countries and to the worldwide nursing community. ICN provides its members the platform and the means to achieve common goals through collaborative action, working together for the benefit of society, the advancement of the profession and the development of its members. ICN and its members work with a wide range of non-governmental organisations, governments, intergovernmental agencies, industry and key stakeholders so as to achieve maximum impact.


A global platform for nursing values: Working together ICN promotes the recognition of the value of care through the development of relevant research based policy and provides guidance and technical support to its members.

In addition, ICN Membership provides benefits to its members in the following key areas:

  • Privileged access to critical and current information
  • Influence and Advocacy
  • Consultancy services
  • ICN international forums and topic working groups
  • Position statements and policy papers
  • Recognition and Development
  • Development Cooperation Projects
  • Financial Benefits