About International Council of Nurses (ICN)

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide.  Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals.  Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

ICN's ever-increasing networks and connections to people reinforce the importance of strong linkages with national, regional and international nursing and non-nursing organisations. Building positive relationships internationally helps position ICN, nurses and nursing for now and the future. Our work with the specialised agencies of the United Nations system, particularly with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organisation and the World Bank, are important for nurses everywhere. In addition, we work closely with a range of international non-governmental organisations.

Email: icn@icn.ch

Website: www.icn.ch/

Office Address: 3 Place Jean Marteau 1201 - Geneva Switzerland

ICN Congratulates the International Nurses Society on Addictions on Achieving Specialist Affiliate Status

On 11/Oct/2019

ICN recognises IntNSA’s excellence, expertise and commitment to the field of addictions and mental health and is pleased to announce that IntNSA has been successful in its application to become an ICN specialist[...]

ICN Highlights Crucial Role of Nurses at United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

On 26/Sep/2019

ICN welcomes UN member states’ commitment to address worldwide shortage of nurses and provide Health for All.   The International Council of Nurses (ICN) represented the voices of the world’s 20-pl[...]

ICN Congratulates New WHO Regional Director for Europe and Looks Forward to the Appointment of A Chief Nursing Officer for the Region

On 23/Sep/2019

ICN Chief Executive Officer Howard Catton has congratulated Hans Kluge on his appointment as World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe.   In the run up to the election for the post, ICN and[...]

War Crime: World’s Health Professionals Call for an End to Syria Hospital Airstrikes

On 16/Sep/2019

The World Health Professions Alliance condemns the continuing targeted attacks on hospitals in Idlib province, in Syria’s north-west. Urgent action is needed to stop these airstrikes on hospitals which are delibe[...]

11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference 2020

On 09/Sep/2019

Envisioning advanced practice nursing beyond 2020: Wider reach, bigger impact   The Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia (NPANS) in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the[...]

ICN President Annette Kennedy: “All Governments Must Invest In Healthcare and Nurses – Healthy People Make for Healthy Economies”

On 09/Sep/2019

ICN President Annette Kennedy is currently attending the Celebration Ceremony for the 110th Anniversary of Chinese Nursing Association and The Belt and Road International Nursing Congress which takes place in Beijing f[...]

WHO Europe Candidates Support Call from ICN to Commit to Appoint Chief Nursing Officer

On 06/Sep/2019

International Council of Nurses Chief Executive Officer Howard Catton and Valentina Sarkisova from the European Forum of National Nurses and Midwives Association (EFNNMA) urged candidates for the post of WHO Europe Reg[...]

ICN Confirms Howard Catton as Permanent CEO

On 06/Sep/2019

The International Council of Nurses’ Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Howard Catton as the ICN’s permanent Chief Executive Officer.   ICN Board President Annette Kennedy, announc[...]

International Council of Nurses Discusses Future of Nursing with President of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo

On 29/Aug/2019

The International Council of Nurses (ICN)’s Chief Executive Officer, Howard Catton, joined a delegation from the Asociación Nacional de Enfermeras de Panamá (ANEP) in a 90-minute breakfast talk with[...]

Nursing Development, Innovation, Advanced Practice and Leadership – Key Topics at International Council of Nurses’ Congress

On 03/Jul/2019

Development, innovation, advanced practice and leadership in nursing were at the heart of the work on the third day of the Congress of the International Council of Nurses in Singapore, which attracted more than five th[...]

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