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 CEO Updates WHO DG on ICN’s Work Concerning Coronavirus

On 11/Feb/2020

On the side-lines of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board meeting, ICN CEO Howard Catton updated WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on ICN’s work in relation to the Coronavirus o[...]

2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife: A Catalyst for a Brighter Future for Health around the Globe

On 08/Jan/2020

ICN and Nursing Now call on governments to make 2020 a landmark year in health on the way to fulfilling the promise of Universal Health Coverage. As the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife begins, ICN and Nursi[...]

Ahead of Year of the Nurse 2020, World Renowned Medical Institution Recognises Contribution of Outstanding Nurse Leaders - ICN

On 20/Dec/2019

The Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has conferred ICN Chief Executive Officer Howard Catton and Professor Jane Salvage, Director of ICN’s Global Nursing Leaders[...]

ICN Calls on Heads of State to Back the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

On 14/Dec/2019

Ahead of the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and its partners have urged heads of state to get behind the Year, which will be both a celebration of nursin[...]

ICN Remembers the Life and Contribution to Nursing of GNLI Scholar, Elie Kasindi Kabululu

On 10/Dec/2019

It was with deep regret that ICN learned earlier this year of the passing of GNLI alumni, Elie Kasindi Kabululu. Elie leaves behind his wife, Yvette, and their four children, Didier, Gloire, Junior and Grace. Elie was[...]

ICN’s Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) ™ 2020 Calls Senior Nurses from around the Globe to Apply!

On 05/Dec/2019

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 cohort of its prestigious Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI)™ programme are now open.   The GNLI is[...]

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[...]

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