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 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[...]

International Council of Nurses New Patient Safety Report Profiles and Recognises Importance of Safe Nurse Staffing to Patient Safety

On 19/Jun/2019

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has welcomed the recently released report from the 4th Global Ministerial Summit on patient safety held last March in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The report presents the[...]

ICN Launches Guidance to Boost Nurses’ Fight against Substandard and Falsified Medical Products

On 27/May/2019

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has issued a new position statement addressing the ongoing problem of substandard and falsified (SF) medical products and their consequences. The publication coinci[...]

International Council of Nurses and Nursing Now welcome 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

On 27/May/2019

2020 will be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it was announced today at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva. For the first time in history, the nations of the world will unite in celebration o[...]

International Council of Nurses: Nurses Bringing Light to Where There is no Light

On 14/May/2019

While most nurses prefer to avoid the limelight, the ICN TB/MDR-TB project wants to recognise the work of some outstanding TB nurses who are role models and leaders in their field.   The ICN TB/MDR-TB Leading[...]

ICN International Workforce Forum calls for urgent action from governments to address global nursing shortage

On 04/Mar/2019

Geneva, Switzerland; 4 March 2019 – Nursing leaders at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Workforce Forum have called on governments to take action to ensure safe staffing levels, decent work[...]

Press Release: Dr Isabelle Skinner Appointed CEO of The International Council of Nurses (@ICNurses)

On 05/Jun/2018

The President and Board of Directors of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) today announced the appointment of Dr Isabelle Skinner as ICN’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of 1 August 2018.  [...]

ICN Presents The International Achievement Award

On 31/May/2018

ICN is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the International Achievement Award which will be given at the ICN Congress in Singapore in 2019.    Award description  The International A[...]

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