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.
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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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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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[...]
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