Nursing News ICN

Departure of ICN CEO
Posted: Fri, Sep 1st 2017 at 12:03:23
To: ICN affiliates
From: Annette Kennedy, ICN President
Date: 29 August 2017
Subject : Departure of ICN CEO

Dear ICN affiliates,

It is with regret that I must inform you that, yesterday, Dr Frances Hughes, ICN’s
Chief Executive Officer, decided to leave the organisation, due to unforeseen
circumstances.

I am working closely with ICN staff to ensure the continuity of business and
ensure that projects go ahead as planned.

The ICN Board is working towards an interim replacement in the very short term
and will commence a recruitment process for a new CEO forthwith.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. My email
address is: president@icn.ch
Regulation and Credentialing Summit
Posted: Wed, Aug 9th 2017 at 22:32:54
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Regulation and Credentialing Summit:
early bird pricing and special discounts on flights and hotel
 
Geneva, Switzerland; 28 July 2017 - The International Council of Nurses (ICN), this year in collaboration with the International Centre on Nurses Migration (ICNM), unveiled a thought provoking programme for its Regulation and Credentialing Summit to be held in Estoril, Portugal on 20-21 November.

This event offers an exclusive early bird pricing! By registering here before 31 August the first 50 participants will save 50 euros per ticket!

Note that discounted fees are also offered by our partner TAP Portugal for every flight booked via their website using the code IT17TPCG97. Save up to 10% in economy and 15% in business class. Get all information and step by step process here.

Rebates on rooms are generously made available by the Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Spa via this booking form. Registrants booking before 25 September will pay only 145 euros for double rooms (single use) and 165 euros for double rooms.

Delving into the current geopolitical climate, the theme “Working in Complex and Uncertain Times”, strives to anticipate the upcoming challenges facing the profession on technical, ethical and political levels and seeks to generate leads for reflection and measures of action.
The Summit will propose to pursue three main themes:
  • strengthening professional regulation, the role of the public and continuing professional competence;
  • migration mobility and medical tourism, and;
  • technological advances and the impact for professionals and patients.
Bringing together experts from a variety of fields, it is the opportunity to consider frameworks best adapted to prepare and equip nurses to undertake the fast-paced evolutions of society.
In parallel, the event will be used to inform ICN’s regulatory agenda, ensuring it realistically and appropriately fits its purpose.

To learn more about the Regulation and Credentialing Summit, visit our website. Come see us in Estoril to add your voice and shape the future of your profession, join us on Twitter by using #RegAndCred2017 and follow @ICNurses.
 
 
 
 
Note for Editors
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.


For further information contact: events@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 0113
www.icn.ch
 
@ICNurses                                    #RegAndCred2017         
 
ICN Congress 2017
Posted: Fri, May 26th 2017 at 11:01:44
 
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“Migration is not a problem to be solved.
It is a human reality to be managed.”

Ambassador Swing addresses largest gathering
of international nurse leaders
Barcelona, Spain; Geneva, Switzerland, 26 May 2017 – Ambassador William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), addressed a gathering national nursing associations from all over the world on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of the moment – the topic of migrants, refugees, and displaced persons (MRDPs).

A few days before the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress – the world’s largest international nursing event  - kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, the ICN’s governing body, the Council of National Nursing Association Representatives (CNR), held their first day of official meetings, which included a special panel discussion on MRDPs made up of senior nurse leaders from the World Health Organization, the International Confederation of the Red Cross, and Dr Davide Mosca, IOM’s Director of Health Migration.  All the speakers emphasized the critical role of nurses at country level and the need for them to be involved in both preparation for and delivery of care for MRDPs.
 
“It is important to not understate the importance of nurses to the migration cycle, both as migrants themselves, and as first line health workforce responders to health needs of communities,” said Ambassador Swing.

“Nurses are the conscience of their country,” added Dr Frances Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of ICN.  “The vital role of associations is to bridge policy and practice.  The day-to-day reality that frontline nurses face is a crucial asset that must be put to use to inform good policy making, improving access to health services and quality care.
 
A passionate question and answer session with Ambassador Swing highlighted the real life, grassroots issues that nurses are witnessing in reference to MRDPs. Nurses from Greece, Lebanon and the Democratic Republic of Congo shared poignant stories as well as uplifting ones from Canada, illustrating the effects on health of the movement of people both in and out of their nations.
 
“The world at present is in disarray and finds itself in the middle of a perfect storm –the likes of which I have not witnessed over the course of my long life,” said Ambassador Swing, reinforcing the need to seek politically and socially sound solutions by addressing the drivers of migration and integrating the health question into political decisions to achieve ethical and sustainable framework, raising serious concerns about recruitment policies of migrant nurses.
 
Ambassador Swing also took the opportunity to welcome ICN’s recent application for observer status with IOM, making it the first health professional organisation to do so.  Over 260 nurses work for the IOM.
 
The CNR Policy Forum concluded with round tables of regional groups to discuss frontline issues in relation to MRDPs, looking particularly at the role of national nursing associations (NNAs) and the necessity to form coalitions to take immediate action, lobby for adequate resources and advocate for frontline health responders.
 
ICN has drafted a position statement on the subject of MRDPs which is currently under consultation with its members.
ICN’s Congresses are the world’s largest international events for nurses.  ICN 2017 in Barcelona, Spain explores nurses’ leading role in the transformation of care, with a particular focus on universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and human resources for health. The Congress provides opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. Learn more here: www.icncongress.com
 
Note for Editors
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
 
For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 0100
Fax: +41 22 908 0101
www.icn.ch
www.icncongress.com
Media release Mar 24, 2015 Nurses reaching the 3 million
Posted: Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 at 01:28:29

 

ICN Media March 24, 2015

Nurses Reaching the 3 Million

Finding, Treating & Curing Tuberculosis

Geneva, Switzerland, 24 March 2015 - The International Council of Nurses-Lilly TB/MDR-TB Project is training nurses in order to reach the 3 million people with tuberculosis who go undiagnosed and untreated.

Nurses play a critical role in improving case detection, getting patients on appropriate treatment, providing ongoing support to patients and improving treatment outcomes. The ICN-Lilly TB/MDR-TB Project has trained more than 1,900 nurses in 18 countries to strengthen the global nursing capacity in the prevention, detection, care and treatment of tuberculosis and multidrug and extensively drug-resistant TB (M/XDR-TB). These nurses have in turn rolled out the training to over 96,000 nurses and allied health workers.

In 2013, 9 million new cases of TB were diagnosed globally, but the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that an additional 3 million people go undiagnosed and untreated. Many of those missed will either die or be placed on inappropriate treatment – while most will not be treated and continue to infect others in their communities. Furthermore, nearly half a million will be diagnosed with MDR-TB which is more difficult and more expensive to diagnose and treat. TB remains the second leading cause of death due to a communicable disease and is a leading cause of mortality among women of reproductive age. Major efforts are needed to close this gap and nurses on the front lines play an important role in finding, diagnosing, and treating these patients.

The ICN-Lilly TB/MDR-TB Project trains experienced nurses working mainly in the TB and HIV fields, who then cascade information to their colleagues in local health care facilities as well as in the communities they serve. The TFT courses are run in countries with a high burden of TB and MDR-TB where the ICN has a strong working relationship with the national nurses association. The ICN TB/MDR-TB Project is currently running in the Russian Federation and China – two countries greatly affected by TB and MDR-TB - as well as six other countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zambia). Find out more about the project on www.icn.ch/tbproject.html.

 

Not only do the nurses trained through the TFT courses train other nurses, health care professionals and members of their communities, they also change their practice and improve the care and services provided to patients. The training provides much needed knowledge on all aspects of TB/MDR-TB but, just as importantly, it empowers and gives the nurses the confidence to improve their practice and to assess their current practices and environment against best practices in TB care and develop plans to address the identified gaps.

One nurse from South Africa said this about the training, "I got so capacitated that I became confident to run the TB programme smarter and more efficiently than I had previously. I now also teach my colleagues the information I acquired from the course. Now I also challenge the doctors for prescribing the treatment which is not based on the regimen which is on the national protocol. I also managed to change some of the staff members’ attitude towards TB…All those patients who would be left to die, are now being diagnosed by increasing the number of people who are screened and by improved quality of specimen collected, the positive patients are now called for commencement of treatment and they are followed up. The defaulter rate has gone down."

ICN, working within the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership is committed to mobilising and strengthening nursing as the key, practical, on the ground response to address the challenges, the suffering and the spread of TB. The ICN TB Project is supported by a United Way Worldwide grant made possible by the Lilly Foundation on behalf of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.

Indonesia adopts Nursing Act
Posted: Sun, Sep 28th 2014 at 14:18:15
Dear ICN Members,

It is our proud duty to inform you that Indonesia now has a NURSING ACT. It was declared 25 September 2014 in the General assembly of Indonesia Parliament.

On behalf of the Indonesia National Nurses Association I would also like to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless support given to us either directly or indirectly in our struggle  to have an Indonesia Nursing Act. With this act I do hope nursing in Indonesia will be improved in the future.

Warm Regards,
Dewi Irawaty, MA., PhD
President
Indonesia National Nurses Association
 
ICN Launches New Leadership Programmes Website
Posted: Tue, Sep 16th 2014 at 12:41:52
Geneva, Switzerland, 9 September 2014 - The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to launch a new and improved website for its leadership programmes today: http://leadership.icn.ch/ <http://leadership.icn.ch/> . The website has been designed to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality and a learning management system. To further the on-line presence of the ICN leadership programmes, the new website sections aim to spotlight programme participants and provide them opportunities for interactive discussion forums. To increase user accessibility, the new website is compatible with today's Internet browsers and mobile devices.
 ICN has been a pioneer in leadership, management and negotiation skill development for nurses for more than 20 years through the highly successful Leadership for Change(tm) and Leadership in Negotiation programmes. The Global nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) represents the third component of ICN's leadership development strategy.
 
"We are grateful to the Burdett Trust for Nursing and Pfizer, Inc. for funding the development of the website and on-going e-learning modules," said David C. Benton, ICN's Chief Executive Officer. "Burdett sponsored the overall development of the website and Pfizer Inc. provided additional funds to assist in the development of e-learning materials, and modules for the continuing professional development of our participants and graduates of the Global Nursing Leadership Institute." 
 
Not only will this website help ICN sustain the continuing professional development of its GNLI graduates but also the participants and graduates of the ICN LFC and LIN programmes.  Many of the LFC and LIN graduates apply and are selected to participate in the GNLI.
For more information regarding the ICN Leadership Programmes visit http://leadership.icn.ch/ <http://leadership.icn.ch/>
The website was designed by OakTree Enterprise Solutions, Inc. based in Herndon, Virginia, USA. 
 
35 nurse leaders graduate from the 2014 ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute
Posted: Tue, Sep 16th 2014 at 12:39:24
Geneva, Switzerland, 12 September 2014 - Thirty five distinguished nurse leaders from across the globe today celebrated their graduation from the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) which took place from 6-12 September in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
Joined by ambassadors of many of their countries and representatives of GNLI sponsors, the Burdett Trust for Nursing and Pfizer Inc, graduates wrapped up their intensive week of in-residence study, reflection and exposure to global institutions with a special ceremony.  Established in 2009, the GNLI offers an advanced leadership programme for nurses in senior and executive level positions in developed and developing countries.
 
With the theme Governance and Management, the 2014 GNLI employed an action-learning approach within a collaborative and stimulating learning culture.  Participants developed knowledge and competencies that focused on professional and self-regulation. In addition, they developed skills to deal with increasingly complex ethical challenges and knowledge to better understand institutional governance and management in the context of non-governmental organisations, the United Nations, and other strategic partners.
 
"Leadership and learning are inextricably linked," said Paula DeCola Senior Director, External Medical Affairs, Pfizer, Inc. "GNLI is a conduit that enables nurse leaders to act beyond the boundaries that may have limited their potential to assume a greater role within the increasingly complex health systems. Pfizer is proud to be its founding sponsor."
 
"The Burdett Trust is proud to support the Global Nursing Leadership Institute.  The Institute provides a unique opportunity for senior nurses from around the world to learn from their colleagues, develop their leadership skills and ultimately improve health systems in their own countries and globally.  Burdett funding provides essential bursaries for participants from lower income countries ensuring that a wide range of countries are represented and nurses from countries without the necessary resources are not excluded", said Alan Gibbs, the Chairman of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
 
"It is an honour and a pleasure to witness the achievements these nurse leaders have made, and will continue to make", said David Benton, ICN's Chief Executive Officer.  "Building the necessary leadership skills means these nurses are now better placed to actively engage with key stakeholders and play a critical role in governance and policy development."
 
The 2014 GNLI was directed by Dr Stephanie Ferguson, Director of the ICN Leadership for Change(tm) programme. Guest speakers included: Dr. Fariba Al-Darazi,Regional Adviser for Nursing and Allied Health Personnel at the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO); Professor Rowaida Al-Ma'aitah, Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Advisor of HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein for Health and Community Development; Diana Mason, President of the American Academy of Nursing; Annette Mwansa Nkowane, Technical Officer, Department of Health Workforce, WHO;  Dr. Sheila D. Tlou, Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for East and Southern Africa; Professor Ginka Toegel, teacher, facilitator and researcher in the area of leadership and human behaviour; and Ambassador Alexander Tah-Ray Yui, head of the Taiwanese Geneva Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with senior staff from ICN, Pfizer and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
 
The programme was made possible through the generous funding of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.  Additional funds have been made available by Pfizer Inc., the Taiwanese Department of Health and the Taiwan Nurses Association.
 
The next GNLI will take place 5-11 September 2015. Applications will be invited from 1 December 2014 and closing date is 15 February 2015. Further information about the GNLI can be accessed at http://leadership.icn.ch/ <http://leadership.icn.ch/>
 
European study shows degree educated nurses reduce hospital deaths ICN Press Release Feb. 28, 2014
Posted: Sat, Mar 1st 2014 at 05:02:12
 
 
 
 
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European study shows degree educated nurses reduce hospital deaths
 
 
Geneva, Switzerland, 28 February 2014 - A study published in the Lancet earlier this week has found that a better educated nursing workforce reduces unnecessary deaths. 
 
The study, led by Professor Linda Aiken from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA, was conducted across nine European countries[i] and found that a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses holding a bachelor degree is associated with a 7% decrease in the risk of death.
 
With data from more than 420,000 patients in 300 hospitals across nine European countries, the RN4CAST study also found that every extra patient added to a nurse’s workload increases the chance of surgical patients dying within 30 days of admission by 7%.
 
Patients in hospitals, in which 60% of nurses had bachelor’s degrees and nurses cared for an average of six patients, had almost 30% lower mortality than patients in hospitals in which only 30% of nurses had bachelor’s degrees and nurses cared for an average of eight patients.
 
“This study consolidates the growing quantity of proof from different regions of the world and confirms what nurses already know – that quality nursing education and safe staffing levels have a direct impact on patient survival,” said Judith Shamian, ICN President. “While this study was carried out in Europe, the lessons learned are similar to findings from other countries and applicable in all countries and all settings. ICN calls on all nursing associations to use this study to gain the support of their citizens and collectively lobby their governments to ensure that well-qualified, well-cared for nursing staff are available in sufficient numbers.”
 
“Our evidence demonstrates that it is not only quantity but the quality of the workforce that counts,” said Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, and the lead investigator for England on the study.  “Hospitals should take notice because when budgets are tight, cutting back on nurses is often the first step, but the study has shown that this can have disastrous consequences for patients.”
 
 
 
 
Note for Editors
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
 
For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch
 
ICN/PR2014 #6
 

[i] [i] Belgium, England, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

 
 
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS NOW AVAILABLE AT www.icn2015.com
Posted: Sat, Nov 23rd 2013 at 11:38:33
 
Dear ICN Friend,
 
The International Council of Nurses is pleased to send you the link to the Call for Abstracts for the ICN Conference to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 19-23 June 2015.  With the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing”, the ICN 2015 Conference will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries.
 
The extensive ICN 2015 Conference scientific programme will feature keynote and main session invited speakers as well as a wide range of concurrent sessions including dynamic papers accepted through our highly competitive abstract selection process.
 
To share your ideas, research and expertise on how to provide quality care, improve populations’ equity and access to health care or contribute to further advance nursing knowledge and practice, you are invited to submit an abstract.
 
The Call for Abstracts provides you with all necessary information to enable you to actively contribute to the scientific and educational content of the ICN 2013 Congress by submitting an abstract on-line at www.icn2015.com
 
We would highly appreciate your help in letting your colleagues know about the Conference by disseminating the ICN 2015 Call for Abstracts throughout your networks.
 
We look forward to receiving your abstract and to seeing you in Seoul in June 2015.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you may require.
 
Kind regards,
 
Your ICN 2015 Team
 
Call For Abstracts
Posted: Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 at 08:36:42
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Global Citizen, Global Nursing
International Council of Nurses Calls for Abstract Submission
ICN 2015 Conference, Seoul
 
 
Geneva, Switzerland - 22 November 2013. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for its Conference and meeting of the Council of National Representatives in Seoul, South Korea in June 2015. Under the theme, Global Citizen, Global Nursing, the Conference will take place from 19-23 June 2015.  Instructions for submitting abstracts for the scientific programme and details on the themes to be addressed can be accessed at www.icn2015.com. The deadline for abstract submission is 7 October 2014.
 
Highlighting the realities of nursing practice across the globe and acknowledging the importance of cross-cultural understanding and cooperation, the conference will showcase prominent guest speakers in plenary sessions focusing on the most pressing and timely topics of interest for nursing and nurses.
 
Judith Shamian, President of ICN, said, “I encourage nurses worldwide who are interested in sharing experiences and knowledge from other countries and settings to attend this Conference and I particularly encourage them to submit an abstract on a relevant topic.  The exchanges that take place in these international gatherings help us all advance professionally.”
 
To share your ideas and expertise you are invited to submit an abstract for a concurrent session, a symposium or a poster. Instructions on how to submit an abstract and guidelines on presentation are available on the Conference website: www.icn2015.com. The online abstract submission system will be live as of 15 April 2014.
 
The Council of National Representatives, ICN’s global governing body, will also convene in Seoul 17-19 June, just prior to the Conference. To keep up with all the latest information on the Conference programme and related events, visit www.icn2015.com or start the conversation on Twitter #ICN2015Korea.
 
Nurses and midwives commit to advance universal health coverage at the Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
Posted: Sun, Nov 17th 2013 at 16:50:53
Geneva, Switzerland; The Hague, Netherlands; Recife, Brazil; 14 November 2013: Nurses and midwives attending the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health have confirmed their commitment to advance universal health coverage.
 
Representatives of the International Council of Nurses and the International Confederation of Midwives signed a commitment statement to work with governments; education and research institutions; professional associations, unions and regulators; national, regional and international organisations; civil society and other partners in health to:
 
  • develop and support policies that advance equity and the provision of high quality care and services that are available, accessible, and acceptable;
  • promote quality clinical practice that is person and population-centered, advances continuity in the provision of care, promotes health and well-being and facilitates the prevention of non-communicable diseases;
  • develop and demonstrate excellence in educational programmes that are competency- based and available across settings to prepare sufficient numbers of competent nurses and midwives that are capable and motivated to practice in various settings and with diverse population groups;
  • promote health workforce leadership and management that enhances recruitment and retention of all cadres of health care workers, addresses motivation and accountability, and fosters supportive, safe and healthy workplace environments;
  • practice in collaboration with other health professions, advancing interdisciplinary care and team based models;
  • advance knowledge through inquiry and research to improve evidence-based practice and facilitate translation of research into practice; and
  • support country specific workforce analytics to inform decision making at the local, regional and international level.
 
“UHC will not be achieved without investment in midwives and nurses to ensure that there is both a sufficient supply and equitable distribution of competent and motivated professionals,” said Frances Day-Stirk, MHM, ADM, DipN, RM, RN, President of the International Confederation of Midwives. “Midwives Associations must collaborate with governments and other stakeholders at all levels local and regional to achieve our shared goal.”
 
Judith Shamian, RN, PhD, D.Sc (Hon), LLD(Hon), FAAN, President of the International Council of Nurses agreed, adding, “Nurses and midwives have an enormous amount to offer but we need to have far better data on how many there are, how they are deployed and whether they are competent to deliver against the changing needs of society. Functional regulatory frameworks that have the confidence of citizens and the professions are essential and must be a priority for modernization.”
 
The Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, with the theme Human Resources for Health: foundation for Universal Health Coverage and the post-2015 development agenda, was held in Recife, Brazil from 10-13 November 2013.  Bringing together over 1500 policy makers, experts and advocates in the health workforce field, and frontline health workers, the Forum was organised by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), under the patronage of the Government of Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). 
 
 
 
Note for Editors
 
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world. There are currently 108 national Midwives Associations, representing 95 countries across every continent. Together these associations represent more than 300,000 midwives globally. 
 
 
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
 
For further information contact:
 
Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101, www.icn.ch
 
Tel: +31 (0) 70 3060520; Fax: +31 (0) 70 3555651; www.internationalmidwives.org
 
ICN and ICRC address role of health-care personnel in armed conflicts and other emergencies
Posted: Mon, Oct 28th 2013 at 21:18:48
ICN and ICRC address role of health-care personnel
in armed conflicts and other emergencies
 
 
 
Geneva, Switzerland - 22 October 2013 - The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the "Health Care in Danger" project, which aims ultimately to make access to health care in situations of armed violence more secure.
 
"We welcome the decision of such a prestigious organization as the ICN to join the project," said Pierre Gentile, "Health Care in Danger" project coordinator. "ICN will be able to help make and communicate recommendations enabling health-care workers to cope with dilemmas they may face in conflicts and other emergencies."
 
The memorandum sets out the scope of ICN’s participation in the project, which includes contributing the knowledge and experience of national nursing associations, notably on ethical issues, to project-related debates; co-organising round tables with practitioners; informing its membership on project developments; and distributing project publications and other documents, including the Health Care in Danger Global Report, to its membership and to other organisations, such as the World Health Professions Alliance.
 
"We have a fundamental duty to protect the ability of nurses and other health-care workers to deliver care to those in need," said ICN President Judith Shamian. "ICN believes nurses have a significant role to play in addressing the impact of armed conflict on the emergency and long-term health needs of civilian populations and wounded combatants, and demands protection for all health facilities and health professionals providing care and relief personnel in conflict zones and other emergencies."
 
 
 
In the event of armed conflict, ICN urges national nurses associations to:
 
●   Call upon their governments to respect international law and ensure the immediate provision of humanitarian assistance, including health care, to refugees and displaced persons and to facilitate open and coordinated access of international humanitarian organisations in the affected regions.
●   Examine the implications for their countries and undertake cooperative action with local branches of government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations at national and local levels to provide suitable health services, without discrimination, for all those in need.
●   Call upon their governments to ensure that the duty to care of nurses and other health workers is not obstructed.
 
More information about the "Health Care in Danger" campaign, including the "Violent Incidents Affecting Health Care" study, and video and photo materials, can be found on www.healthcareindanger.org.
 
 
Editor’s note
 
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. Please visit ICRC website www.icrc.org for more information.


For further information, please contact:
Lindsey Williamson, ICN, at: media@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101
 
 
Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Geneva, at: aisyuk@icrc.org
Tel: +41 22 730 30 23 or +41 79 251 93 02
www.icrc.org
 
Cuts to nurse staffing levels pose a risk to patients and society,
Posted: Mon, Oct 28th 2013 at 21:15:53
Cuts to nurse staffing levels pose a risk to patients and society,
warns International Council of Nurses’ Workforce Forum
 
 
 
Geneva, Switzerland, Dublin, Ireland, 28 October 2013 - Nurse leaders at the 19th International Council of Nurses Workforce Forum have issued a warning that unsafe nurse staffing levels pose a risk to patients and society. 
 
Following a recent gathering of nurse leaders from nine countries[i] in Dublin, Ireland, 23-25 September 2013, the ICN Workforce Forum reaffirmed that nurses are key contributors to society through cost-effective planning and delivery of quality assured health care services in all settings.  In a Communiqué which can be found on the ICN website, a call was made for governments and employers to protect our communities by providing safe nurse staffing levels in order to ensure quality assured patient outcomes.
 
Forum delegates expressed growing concerns about the impacts of budget cuts, staffing moratoriums and the erosion of workplace conditions on patient and worker safety.  They called on all governments to make evidence based decisions ensuring required  nursing numbers in order to secure desired patient outcomes and safe working practices.  In addition, the Forum members called on nurse leaders to speak out and take action in the interest of patients and nursing care and to draw attention to unsafe working conditions and other barriers to safe care.
 
The ICN Workforce Forum meets annually to deliberate on common trends affecting nurses’ capacity to deliver safe and effective patient care. Issues discussed at the 19th Forum included safe staffing levels, the 24/7 work environment within the continuum of care and the economic value of nurses to society.
 
 
Note for Editors
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch
 
WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS)
Posted: Mon, Oct 28th 2013 at 21:14:46
Dear all,

As you may know, WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) is hosting a free webinar series. These monthly webinars over the next 6-months will provide participants a clear way of improving patient safety using a partnership based approach.  Please feel free to visit the APPS webpage and register to each session. Please note that you have to register to each of the six webinars individually:

http://www.who.int/patientsafety/implementation/apps/webinars/en/index.html

The first webinar from Thursday October 3 that introduced participants to patient safety and the APPS programme as a whole is now on the website. The first webinar covered core patient safety concepts. It also described how a partnership based approach can be used to improve patient safety. The webinar defines clear mechanisms for engagement with the WHO programme through registration.

To register for the next webinar on the APPS Improvement Framework on November 7 see https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4566730639835918594
This technical webinar provides information on the APPS Improvement Framework. A range of tools and resources are described in detail. Particular attention is placed on how to undertake a hospital patient safety situational analysis. Partnership planning steps are explained through an examination of the APPS 6-step process.
Hope you are able to join and do please pass on to other colleagues that might be interested!


We are looking for your assistance in continuing to get the message out to colleagues as we move towards the second webinar. Please do spread the word widely as possible. The more people that know, the more people can act.

Look forward to connecting with you at the webinar.


Warm regards to you all.

WHO Patient Safety Programme
APPS team
 
ICN and ICRC address role of health-care personnel in armed conflicts and other emergencies
Posted: Sat, Oct 26th 2013 at 20:27:49
Geneva, Switzerland - 22 October 2013 - The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the "Health Care in Danger" project, which aims ultimately to make access to health care in situations of armed violence more secure.
 
"We welcome the decision of such a prestigious organization as the ICN to join the project," said Pierre Gentile, "Health Care in Danger" project coordinator. "ICN will be able to help make and communicate recommendations enabling health-care workers to cope with dilemmas they may face in conflicts and other emergencies."
 
The memorandum sets out the scope of ICN’s participation in the project, which includes contributing the knowledge and experience of national nursing associations, notably on ethical issues, to project-related debates; co-organising round tables with practitioners; informing its membership on project developments; and distributing project publications and other documents, including the Health Care in Danger Global Report, to its membership and to other organisations, such as the World Health Professions Alliance.
 
"We have a fundamental duty to protect the ability of nurses and other health-care workers to deliver care to those in need," said ICN President Judith Shamian. "ICN believes nurses have a significant role to play in addressing the impact of armed conflict on the emergency and long-term health needs of civilian populations and wounded combatants, and demands protection for all health facilities and health professionals providing care and relief personnel in conflict zones and other emergencies."
 
 
 
In the event of armed conflict, ICN urges national nurses associations to:
 
●   Call upon their governments to respect international law and ensure the immediate provision of humanitarian assistance, including health care, to refugees and displaced persons and to facilitate open and coordinated access of international humanitarian organisations in the affected regions.
●   Examine the implications for their countries and undertake cooperative action with local branches of government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations at national and local levels to provide suitable health services, without discrimination, for all those in need.
●   Call upon their governments to ensure that the duty to care of nurses and other health workers is not obstructed.
 
More information about the "Health Care in Danger" campaign, including the "Violent Incidents Affecting Health Care" study, and video and photo materials, can be found on www.healthcareindanger.org.
 
 
Editor’s note
 
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. Please visit ICRC website www.icrc.org for more information.


For further information, please contact:
Lindsey Williamson, ICN, at: media@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101
 
APPS Webinar Series
Posted: Mon, Oct 7th 2013 at 18:49:01
Dear colleagues,

African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) is hosting a webinar series starting this October 3, 2013. These monthly webinars over the next 6-months will provide participants a clear way of improving patient safety using a partnership based approach.

Please feel free to visit the APPS webpage and register to each session. Please note that you have to register to each of the six webinars individually.

http://www.who.int/patientsafety/implementation/apps/webinars/en/index.html

We start October 3 with a webinar that introduces participants to patient safety and the APPS programme as a whole. The webinar covers core patient safety concepts. It also describes how a partnership based approach can be used to improve patient safety. The webinar defines clear mechanisms for engagement with the WHO programme through registration. To swiftly register for this webinar see https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3210922851624818945.

Please do spread the word!

Look forward to connecting with you at the webinar.

Warm regards,
WHO Patient Safety Programme
Twenty-seven nurse leaders graduate from ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute*
Posted: Fri, Sep 20th 2013 at 22:52:03

 
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Twenty-seven nurse leaders graduate from
ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute*
 
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 September 2013 – Twenty-seven senior nurse leaders from 24 countries[i] have successfully graduated from the International Council of Nurses (ICN)-Burdett Trust for Nursing Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) which took place from 7-13 September 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
With the theme Redesigning health systems, the 2013 GNLI employed an action-learning approach within a collaborative and stimulating learning culture. Participants observed and analysed strategic leadership in action; enhanced their knowledge of health care globally; sharpened strategic skills and engaged in peer learning and development.
 
Composed of 22 women and 5 men, the 2013 student body included nursing officers, executive directors, deans, lecturers and professors; and presidents and officers of national nursing organisations. Financial support from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, Pfizer Inc., the Taiwanese Department of Health and the Taiwan Nurses Association allowed ICN to increase the number of bursaries to 17 participants.
 
“The Global Nursing Leadership Institute draws on the expertise of international faculty, allowing participants to review and enhance their national and global leadership knowledge and skills within a collaborative and stimulating learning culture,” said Alan Gibbs, the Chairman of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.  “These graduates will now return to their communities with the strengthened capacity of influence policy change and take on higher leadership roles nationally and globally.”
“Graduates of the GNLI can use their new knowledge to build strategic national and global alliances,” said Judith Shamian, ICN President. “I commend these graduates on their achievement and I look forward to witnessing their impact on the health of their communities, their countries and the world.”
Paula DeCola, Senior Director, External Medical Affairs, Pfizer, Inc. added, “ As the initiating sponsor, Pfizer Inc. congratulates the graduating nurse leaders and joins in the celebration of the Institute’s fifth year. “
 
 Established by the International Council of Nurses and funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, with support from Pfizer's International External Medical Affairs Group, the GNLI offers an advanced leadership programme for senior and executive level nurses from low, middle and high-income countries. It provides participants opportunities to develop understanding of global health challenges, obtain insight into international leadership styles, and be exposed to and analyse global leadership activity. The GNLI is facilitated by Dr Stephanie Ferguson, Director of the ICN Leadership for Change™ programme, along with an expert international faculty.
 
ICN has been a pioneer in leadership, management and negotiation skill development for nurses for more than 20 years through the highly successful Leadership for Change™ and Leadership in Negotiation programmes. The GNLI represents the third component of ICN’s leadership development strategy. 
 
Further information about the GNLI is available at www.icn.ch/pillarsprograms/global-nursing-leadership-institute/.
 
 
*Support for the Global Nursing Leadership Institute is also provided by Pfizer, the founding sponsor.
 
 
Editor’s note
 
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
 
The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable Trust set up in 2002 in recognition of the foundation, philosophy and structure of the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses (RNPFN) and named after its founder Sir Henry Burdett, KCB. The Trust makes charitable grants to support initiatives that are nurse-led and that empower nurses to make significant improvements to patient care. Working in collaboration with funding partners the Trustees use their funds to support the nursing contribution to healthcare and encourage applications from nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in a wide range of innovations.
 
 
For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101
 
[i] Antigua, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Seychelles, St Kitts, St Lucia, Tanzania. Tonga, Uganda, USA.
 
ICN electronic monthly mailing July-August 2013
Posted: Mon, Sep 9th 2013 at 14:12:41
Dear ICN Affiliates,
 
We are pleased to provide you links for the July-August monthly mailing.
 
 
 
Safe staffing key to quality health care
Posted: Tue, Jul 16th 2013 at 11:13:40
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 July 2013 - The International Centre for Human Resources in Nursing (ICHRN) today released a policy statement on safe staffing levels which highlights the need to ensure an appropriate number of nurses and other staff is available at all times across the continuum of care, with a suitable mix of education, skills and experience to ensure that patient care needs are met and that hazard-free working conditions are maintained.

It is well known that nurse staffing affects the patients length of stay in hospital, morbidity and mortality and their reintegration into the community,said Judith Shamian, President of the International Council of Nurses.  In addition, safe staffing levels are associated with improved retention, recruitment and workforce sustainability as well as better cost efficiency for the health care system in short this is essential to the functioning of all health services.

Prepared in consultation with the ICN International Workforce Forum, the policy statement sets out key principles that underpin safe staffing levels, and take into account not only the numbers of staff and mix of competencies, but also other variables such as a manageable workload; a responsive and supportive workplace culture; adequate supervision; appropriate training; and a range of high quality facilities and equipment.

At a time when governments are critically examining how to achieve or maintain universal access to health care and well-being services and simultaneously contain or reduce costs it is essential that policy makers use the evidence that is available.  This requires informed decisions to be taken through constructive dialogue with policy makers and nurse leaders.

The policy statement, along with other publications on human resource issues in nursing and healthcare can be found at www.icn.ch/pillarsprograms/international-centre-for-human-resources-in-nursing-ichrn/.  The ICNs 2006 International Nurses Day Toolkit on Safe Staffing is available for download on www.icn.ch/publications/2006-safe-staffing-saves-lives/.
ICN electronic monthly mailing for May-June 2013
Posted: Sat, Jul 13th 2013 at 09:42:40
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ICN President Inaugural Speech
Posted: Thu, Jul 4th 2013 at 17:58:45

Inaugural speech

Judith Shamian

ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress

Melbourne, Australia

22 May 2013

 

Colleagues: thank you.

Thank you. Merci. Gracias. And a hundred more thank you’s in every language.

I am truly grateful and honoured to be addressing you all now as President of the International Council of Nurses.

Thank you to the national nursing associations for electing me, for showing that you believe in me and for supporting my leadership of our profession.

To my fellow candidates, Beatriz and Teresa: Gracias and Xiè xiè (shieh shieh). I’ve learned much from you both. Your passion and drive have raised the level of discourse in this campaign.

Thank you Rosemary and the ICN Board of Directors for your contributions to nurses, the nursing profession and to global health.

To the new Board, our work already started this morning. I want you all to know that I have a DREAM TEAM. You can expect much, and hold us accountable for navigating ICN in the most responsible way.

David Benton and the staff at ICN – thank you for your contributions to this organisation and for the support you provide to nurses around the world. You are small in numbers but enormous with your contributions. I look forward to working with you.

To my Canadian and international friends and to every single person who supported me during this journey, who shared my vision and who offered words of encouragement …thank you for your wise counsel. I would not be standing here without your support.

I stand in front of you as the incoming 27th ICN President!

I am dedicating my four years of Presidency to a very special woman named Tova. Tova was my roommate in nursing school. I met her at the age of 18 and started a life-long friendship. Though Tova died of cancer five years ago she continues to live on. Decades ago, Tova immigrated to Australia and lived in Melbourne. She was a burn unit nurse; she was a palliative care nurse; and most of her career she was a mental health nurse. She wasn’t the President of an organisation; she wasn’t a director of a nursing service… she was a clinical nurse committed to caring for patients, families and communities in the most knowledgeable way possible. She was an amazing nurse.

Tova’s genuine contribution, like that of millions of nurses around the world, is truly inspirational. Tova, and nurses all over the world, have worked against all odds to impact the lives of the people they touch.

My commitment is to remember the impact nurses have every day on the lives of people.

For the legacy of Tova and in honour of ALL nurses past, present and future, I have chosen IMPACT as my watchword … the watchword that will guide my term as the President of ICN. In English, we use the word "Impact" as both a noun and a verb. It is both a means and an end. It embodies action and outcome. In Spanish, we say "impacto" as a noun and "influir" as a verb, and in French the noun is "l’impact" and the verb "impacter" or "influencer".

At ICN, we are here to serve, to make an impact, and to make sure that nurses can practice the best nursing possible - without risking their own life and safety, and without compromising their family life.

With clear vision, purposeful collaboration and positive influence at global, national and local levels, ICN will have a measurable impact on removing barriers and enabling strong nursing.

Dr. Margaret Chan said in her first speech as Director General of the World Health Organization:

"What is important to me is: are we getting the results that matter? Are we doing the right things to make an impact on the health of the populations that we are serving? These questions have to be asked."

We have gathered here in Melbourne, representing the nurses of many countries, with a wide range of contexts and experiences. Many countries are dealing with problems of poverty, economic crisis, lack of access to health care.

People are living longer lives, but they are also living with chronic diseases, sometimes multiple illnesses at a time. There is a growing concern about mental health, ageing populations and many other global trends.

Despite the amazing advances in health care, our world is facing monumental health, social and economic challenges that impact the well-being of ALL.

Every one of these challenges is an opportunity for us to work together to make a positive impact. None of these challenges are impossible to beat.

Since being elected, I have been meeting with many of you - the nurse leaders from every region of the world. You have told me that some of your countries don’t yet have nursing legislation; that human resource decisions are made without nursing’s involvement; and that clinical care decisions are frequently taken without hearing nursing’s voice and without using evidence based practice, and more.

We can no longer accept this!

We have the evidence; we have the leadership; we have the drive and commitment to work together to make sure that global organisations like WHO, ILO, other UN agencies and NGOs know that the ONLY way to impact global health is through nursing knowledge, voice, experience and participation both at the decision making tables and at the point of care where we touch and impact lives.

My call for action to each and every one of us is to make our way into decision making tables at global, national and local levels. Whether within the UN system, in government, in the community or in care settings, we must work together, we must use our knowledge and our solutions; we must remove barriers and influence change in order to have the impact necessary to achieve better health and social outcomes.

Remember every nurse is a leader…our health systems and our populations need us and need our leadership.

Research tells us that nurses save lives; that nurses impact communities, families and individuals; and we know that nurses make an impact at all phases of one’s life – from birth to death - and along the full continuum of care – from health promotion and disease prevention, in primary, acute, chronic, long term, home and palliative care.

I also believe that a nation’s prosperity is fundamentally enhanced by a strong nursing profession.

It is simple: You see, the wealth of our nations depends on the health of our populations, and the health of our populations depends on nursing.

So how we will have an impact?

Look around you and cast your eyes on this amazing global nursing community here today.

We have the education, expertise and the experience to keep people well, to heal and to save lives.

We have the education and skills to support and guide people toward better health and a better life.

We have the wisdom and care to prepare and guide our new nurses.

We have the political wisdom and experience to propose policies and transform health care systems.

Furthermore,

When we unite as one profession with one voice, we are a powerful force that will impact the world in which we live. We have to put aside our differences and work together.

Our richness at ICN is that while we are all unique and varied in the languages we speak, the customs we have and in the contexts within which we work, We always remember that we are NURSES of the WORLD.

We have a common goal that unites us– the health and wellness of the people and populations we serve.

If we work together our impact will be seen and valued by all.

The image and value of nursing will be recognised by all.

Most importantly …we will have made our societies healthier!!!

This is an impact that I would like us to work together to achieve.

ICN is the umbrella under which we gather – as professionals, unions and regulatory bodies - and, if we harness our power – if we work together, we will transform this world’s health systems and have a truly profound impact on the health of our people. Collectively, we hold this potential!

In closing, my commitment to you is that every day of the next 1,460 days I will remember Tova; and I will remember the millions of nurses and the global population that depend on our strength, voice and leadership to make an impact.

Please join me by each and every one of you in making the same commitment to work tirelessly to bring about better health and better nursing.

Thank you. Merci. Gracias.

 
Judith Shamian, Canada, elected as new president of the ICN
Posted: Mon, May 20th 2013 at 01:20:28

 

 

Melbourne, Australia; Geneva, Switzerland, 19 May 2013 – Judith Shamian, outstanding nursing leader in Canada and internationally, has been elected as the 27th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).  The election took place in the context of ICN’s governing body meeting, the Council of National Representatives (CNR), during the 25th ICN Quadrennial Congress in Melbourne, Australia.  More than four thousand nurses from 134 countries gathered at the Congress to share knowledge and discuss global health care priorities.

 

 

Judith Shamian’s nursing achievements span all domains of nursing practice: academia, administration, policy and clinical settings. She is recognized as an outspoken advocate on health and nursing issues both in Canada and internationally.  She has brought nursing expertise to the World Health Organization through collaboration with WHO’s chief nursing scientists; served on the global advisory committee of nursing, which was formed to advise the WHO director general, and established and headed a WHO collaborating centre

 

In Canada, Dr Shamian has held many leading national positions such as President of the Canadian Nurses Association, Executive Director of Health Canada, President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and Vice President of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital.  She has spearheaded a number of initiatives aimed at improving quality and access to health services, including a strong focus on the social determinants of health, earning her several honours and awards. Her academic work surrounding public policy models and knowledge transfer has also proven highly effective in translating nursing research and advocacy efforts into concrete policy action.

 

“Nurses hold the key to many of the potential solutions and ICN has an important

role to play in extending the reach of the nursing profession in setting policy agendas at the national and international level, said Ms Shamian. “I consider it a fundamental right for populations to have access to the conditions and resources necessary for their health and well-being. As such, our ultimate goal as nurses should be to maximize our contributions to achieve optimal health for the greatest number of people.”

 

 

ICN Board of Directors

New members of the ICN Board were also elected at the Council of National Representatives meeting, including Bagooaduth Kallooa (Mauritius), Ioannis Leontiou (Cyprus), Paul Pace (Malta), Elsa B. Friðfinnsdóttir (Iceland), Jürgen Osterbrink (Germany), Annette Kennedy (Ireland), Pierre Théraulaz (Switzerland), Eva Reyes Gómez (Mexico), Elba Olivera Choque (Bolivia), Marlen Calvo Solano (Costa Rica), Sheuan Lee (Taiwan), Jintana Yunibhand (Thailand).

 

Current Board members who will serve another four-year term include: Peter Požun (Slovenia), Marlene Smadu (Canada) and Masako Kanai-Pak (Japan).

 

International Council of Nurses expands global membership
Posted: Mon, May 20th 2013 at 01:20:14

 

 

Chinese Nursing Association and Palestinian Nursing and Midwifery Association are newest ICN members

 

 

 

Geneva, Switzerland, Melbourne, Australia, 19 May 2013 - The International Council of Nurses (ICN) today announced the inclusion of two new members in its federation of national nursing associations.  The Chinese Nursing Association officially became a member of ICN in April 2013 and the Palestinian Nursing and Midwifery Association was admitted by unanimous vote of the assembled delegates at the meeting of ICN’s Council of National Representatives on 16 May 2013.

 

“I am delighted to welcome the Chinese Nursing Association and the Palestinian Nursing and Midwifery Association to the ICN family,” said ICN President, Rosemary Bryant.  “For over 100 years ICN has given nurses a global voice.  These new members increase ICN’s global reach and add to the richness and diversity of our membership.”

 

Bringing the total membership to 135 national nurses associations, the new members were pleased to attend the ICN’s Council of National Representatives (CNR) meeting in Melbourne, Australia, followed by the ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress, 18-23 May 2013.

 

Speaking from the CNR meeting, Li Xiuhua, President of the Chinese Nursing Association, said, “The CNA is very proud to join the ICN family this year.  We welcome all ICN members to visit us in China. We wish everyone success for this Congress.”

 

“This is a very emotional moment,” said Sulaiman Turkman, President of the Palestinian Nursing and Midwifery Association.  “We are very pleased to be a member of ICN after working for so many years towards that aim.  I would like to thank the President and Board, David Benton, ICN CEO, and all the associations who supported our membership.  We will go back home and talk to our nurses of this great event.”

Pfizer Receives ICN's Partners in Development Award for Outstanding Leadership and Investment in Nursing
Posted: Mon, May 20th 2013 at 01:17:27

Geneva, Switzerland, Melbourne, Australia, 18 May 2013 – The multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer has received the 2013 Partners in Development Award, given every four years by the International Council of Nurses (ICN).  The Award recognises foundations, corporations, non-governmental organisations or other groups that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and investment in nursing and health care capacity building, bringing benefit to the health of populations. The award was bestowed during the opening ceremony of ICN’s 25th Quadrennial Congress, in Melbourne, Australia. 

 

Presenting the Partners in Development Award to Pfizer representative, Paula DeCola, ICN President Rosemary Bryant said, “We are pleased to recognise Pfizer for their sustained commitment to strengthening and supporting nursing in delivering quality care. Pfizer and ICN have collaborated on numerous initiatives over many years, and we are proud to count Pfizer as a generous, enthusiastic and reliable partner, and friend to nursing”.

 

The world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, Pfizer is committed to working together with various stakeholders to improve health care.  In recognition of the important role of nurses, Pfizer has established a platform to engage nurses, and commissioned global research on nurse perceptions over the last few years in order to identify nurses’ key concerns and to identify areas in which Pfizer might support nurses and, by doing so, strengthen health care systems, globally.

 

Pfizer and ICN have worked in partnership on a number of projects over the years:

 

ICN and Pfizer have collaborated on two global nursing surveys.  In 2009, more than 2,000 nurses completed a survey on Nurses in the Workplace: Expectations and Needs. In 2011 another survey entitled Non-Communicable Disease Global Crisis: Potential to Lead in Prevention? showed that while nurses are enthusiastic about spending more time addressing NCD prevention, they are hindered by workload, environment and time constraints.

 

Pfizer’s International External Medical Affairs Group was the founding sponsor of the ICN’s Global Nursing Leadership Institute which offers an advanced leadership programme for nurses and/or midwives at senior level and executive positions in developed and developing countries across the world.  Since 2009 Pfizer has provided 35 bursaries to support participants from lower income countries.

 

Pfizer is also supporting ICN’s campaign against non-communicable disease.  The joint project, Growing Your Health: The Wellness Tree, aims to assist nurses working within the public health sector to focus on their health and wellness and to support those in the community who are at risk of developing or have been diagnosed with NCDs.

 

Pfizer has also worked with the World Health Professions Alliance, of which ICN is a member, on the Be Aware Take Action toolkit on counterfeit medicines.

 

Finally, Pfizer has also been a longtime supporter of the ICN and Florence Nightingale International Foundation’s Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF), sponsoring the FNIF Fundraising Luncheon and providing financial support for the annual GCEF Coordinators’ workshops.

ICN Health and Human Right Award Presented to Mary Robinson, Ireland
Posted: Mon, May 20th 2013 at 01:15:08

 

 

 

 

 

Geneva, Switzerland, Melbourne, Australia 18 May 2013  — Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and newly appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, has received the 2013 International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Health and Human Rights Award.

 

Formally presented at the ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the award bestows the esteem and recognition of the world’s 12 million nurses for Robinson’s outstanding contributions to the domain of health and human rights.  This is the only award presented by ICN to someone who is not a nurse.

 

“We are honoured that Mary Robinson has accepted this award,” said ICN President, Rosemary Bryant.  “Passionate and inspiring, she is one of the greatest living role models for women everywhere.  Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a dedication to defending human rights, and a passion for advocating for gender equality.”

 

In her acceptance video, shown at the Opening Ceremony of the ICN Congress today, Robinson said, “I am very honoured that the International Council of Nurses has selected me as the 2013 recipient of its prestigious Health and Human Rights Award”.  Referring to the challenges faced by health care systems internationally, Robinson said: ‘I have a very high regard for the nursing profession and do not doubt your collective ability to meet those challenges whilst also ensuring that the dignity of the human being is guaranteed.’

 

Robinson has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate and her work epitomises the goals and values of ICN in the promotion of health and human rights.  During her Presidency, Robinson was the first head of state to travel to Somalia bringing worldwide attention to the famine and war there.  This was followed, in 1997, by her visit to Rwanda after its civil war and genocide.  Her continued trips to Africa shone a much needed light on the long-standing problems of famine and genocide.

 

In 1997, Robinson became the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she ensured the integration of human rights into the other activities of the UN; strengthened human rights monitoring in conflict areas; and highlighted the areas of climate change, human rights and gender.

 

 

 

Robinson was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002 – 2010) whose mission was to make “human rights the compass which charts a course for globalization that is fair, just and benefits all”.  Robinson is Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin and has served as Honorary President of Oxfam International, Chair of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. She is a member of the Elders and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.  In March 2013 she was appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.

 

The International Council of Nurses has long believed that health is a right of all individuals, regardless of financial, political, geographic, racial or religious considerations.  The link between health and human rights is a fundamental building block in creating just and healthy societies. 

Inspirational Danish Nurse Receives Nursing’s Most Prestigious International Award
Posted: Mon, May 20th 2013 at 01:13:46

 

 

Geneva, Switzerland, Melbourne, Australia, 18 May 2013 - Kirsten Stallknecht, former President of the International Council of Nurses has been awarded the 2013 Christiane Reimann Prize, nursing’s most prestigious international award. Stallknecht has long been known as a formidable force in nursing and public life, not only in her native Denmark but throughout Europe and internationally, dedicating more than 50 years to improving working conditions for nurses, particularly those affected by war, financial difficulties and catastrophes, and those working in low-income countries.

 

ICN awards the prize every four years in recognition of outstanding vision, leadership and commitment to the advancement of nursing knowledge.

 

“Kristen Stallknecht is an inspiration to many nurses around the world,“ commented ICN President, Rosemary Bryant. “Throughout her career she has led a crusade for the socio-economic welfare of nurses, particularly those working in extremely difficult circumstances. Her enthusiasm and passion for her work has encouraged nurses around the world to strive for excellence in nursing.”

 

The Danish Nurses Organization accepted the award on behalf of Stallknecht during the opening ceremony of the ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress which is currently being held in Melbourne, Australia.  Expressing her surprise and delight at being selected for the prize, Stallknecht said, “All of the nurses I have known, met and admired during my work in ICN, and then one day a message arrives in the middle of the dark winter in Denmark, that the ICN Board has chosen me. It is difficult to describe all of my feelings at that moment: thankful, honoured, happy and not quite believing it to be true”.

 

Former President of the International Council of Nurses (1997-2001), the Danish Nurses Organisation (1968-1996) and the Nordic Nurses Federation (1989-1995), Stallknecht believes passionately that nurses have to “fight for their right to salaries comparable with those of other professions with the same responsibilities…and to fight for the right to pension schemes, payment for inconvenient hours and most of all to create a career structure that enables nurses to continue in their profession when they have chosen a family life.”  Her belief is that only with satisfactory work conditions can nurses deliver quality nursing care.

 

As ICN President, Stallknecht chose “humanity” as her the watchword, because “nursing is about humanity.”  During her tenure she led nurses’ condemnation of lethal injections and torture, advocating that health professions join together to move governments to stop such practices.

 

 

At ICN she has also served as a member of the Board of Directors (1981-85), Vice President (1985-89), Chair of ICN’s Socioeconomic Welfare Committee and on advisory groups and task forces.  In 2001 she was named Commander of Danneborg by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and in 2004 she received the CGFNS International Distinguished Leadership Award.

 

The Christiane Reimann Prize bears the name of ICN’s first full time Executive Secretary, and is funded by a trust reserve established through her will. 

New Editor for International Nursing Review
Posted: Fri, May 17th 2013 at 15:20:40

Geneva, Switzerland 17 May 2013 – Sue Turale has been announced as the new editor of the International Nursing Review, replacing Jane Robinson who has edited the INR, the official journal of the International Council of Nurses, for the past 11 years. Dr Turale, previously Editor-in-Chief and Editor of the journal Nursing & Health Sciences, said, “I am delighted to be appointed to work with the International Council of Nurses and the INR Editorial Board, reviewers and authors around the world. This is a prestigious and historic journal. I have observed it to play an important global role in the dissemination of knowledge to improve nursing and midwifery practices, health, health care and health policy. Since I love working across cultures and countries, sharing ideas, learning from others and developing scholarship, I value this opportunity to build on the significant work of Dr Robinson and others to grow INR as an even more vital resource for the future”.

Dr Turale trained as a psychiatric nurse, general nurse and midwife, and holds nurse registration in Australia. She received a Diploma of Applied Science (Advanced Psychiatric Nursing) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing) from Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne (now RMIT) and a Master of Nursing Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne. In 1999 she obtained a Doctor of Education from the University of Melbourne, and is a Fellow of both the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. After many years working in clinical, management and education roles in psychiatric nursing, Dr Turale became a lecturer at the University of Ballarat, Australia where she later worked as Deputy Head and Director of International Programs, and Associate Professor and Head of the School of Nursing. From 2001-2003 she was the Inaugural General Manager of the Helen Macpherson Smith Institute of Community Health, part of the Royal District Nursing Service in Melbourne. She then became Director of Nursing and Strategic Planning Consultant at Medea Park Residential Care in St Helens, Tasmania. In 2005, Dr Turale managed the National Indigenous Nursing and Midwifery Education Project at CATSIN, and then became Professor of International Nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan – a position she held for seven years. In 2006, she also took on the job of Editor-in-Chief, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Currently she works as visiting professor in a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region assisting in capacity building of the profession and health care systems through education, research, and developing scholarship.

Jane Robinson, who has been editor of the INR since 2003, said: " I have loved editing INR and working with authors in helping to disseminate so much valuable scholarship across the globe. It is time to move on, and I am delighted to hand over to the capable hands of Dr Sue Turale. I know that we share the same values in encouraging nurses to publish from around the world, and the future is bright for INR. I also thank ICN for this wonderful opportunity to work internationally, and to be a small part of ICN’s incredibly important global mission.”

The International Nursing Review (INR) is the official journal of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). It is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that focuses predominantly on nursing and health policy issues of relevance to nurses and has an increasing impact factor. INR welcomes original articles that help to forward ICN’s global mission by representing nursing, advancing the profession and shaping health policy. INR also contributes to the ongoing development of nursing internationally with its regular section on International Perspectives. The diverse international readership of INR is located in more than 130 countries. Published both in hard copy and on-line, INR is a key resource for nurses worldwide. INR encourages unsolicited original manuscripts where nurses describe the policy relevance of their work and document their experience and research. Authors are encouraged to develop a ‘global intelligence’ on nursing and to address INR’s diverse audience by exploring beyond local or national interests to the more general, global application of the principles underlying their work. Background information on the local arrangements for nursing and health care in a country also provides useful context for this global readership. Policy concerns of this journal include: regulation of the profession, workplace issues, innovations in practice, patient safety, quality improvement education, ethics, nurses’ and midwives’ work-life experiences, and the impact of globalization and technology on nursing and health and social policy.

International Council of Nurses
Posted: Sun, May 12th 2013 at 13:42:42

Geneva, Switzerland 10 May 2013 – On the occasion of International Nurses Day (IND) on 12 May, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) is highlighting the key role of nurses in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In its 2013 IND toolkit, available for free download from its website (www.icn.ch), ICN congratulates nurses on all they have done towards the achievement of the MDGs and to help shape and deliver sustainable goals and outcomes beyond 2015, yet stresses that there is still more that nurses can – and must – do. It has been shown that increased financial resources, though urgently needed, are insufficient to improve access to health services and attain health objectives such as MDGs. Qualified nurses, available in adequate numbers to deliver the services, are also essential. As the largest health care profession in the world, there is no doubt that nurses are key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Nurses are often the only health professionals accessible to many people in their lifetime. Nurses are particularly well placed and often the most innovative in reaching underserved and disadvantaged populations. Nurses are educated to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness, and the impact of psychosocial and socio-economic factors such as poverty, unemployment and ethnicity. They see the context for well-being and accordingly act so as to reach beyond the immediate presenting problems. Nurses must engage in advocacy and lobbying. They must be involved in the development of any programme introduced to improve health services as it is nurses who have the practical knowledge of how health service delivery can be designed, coordinated and effectively implemented. The 2013 IND toolkit provides a rich resource to national nursing associations as to how they can fulfil the important role of helping to achieve the MDGs. It has been distributed to all ICN member associations and to nursing representatives worldwide, and can be accessed online at www.icn.ch/publications/international-nurses-day/. Note for Editors The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally. For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101, www.icn.ch

Thousands of Nurses to Gather in Melbourne to Increase Equity and Access to Health Care
Posted: Sat, Apr 20th 2013 at 14:51:02

Geneva, Switzerland - The International Council of Nurses25th Quadrennial Congress opens May 18, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia bringing together close to 4,000 nurses from more than 100 countries and every region in the world to discuss nursings key role in improving equity and access to health care.   Registration for the Congress can be made via the ICN Congress website: www.icn2013.ch

From 18-23 May, nurses will profit four plenary sessions, 19 main sessions, 11 network meetings and five workshops. The scientific programme boasts more than 550 abstract presentations and 590 posters.

Highlights of the Congress include:

  • Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia will give the keynote speech on the Congress theme;
  • Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego, will discuss the issue of womens access to and role in health care, in a sessions entitled Holding Up More than Half the Sky.
  • Sheila Tlou, Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, will talk on nursesrole in achieving the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Richard Visser, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport for Aruba, and an expert on obesity, will argue whether obesity is a social or personal responsibility;
  • Anne-Marie Rafferty, Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, will speak on the ways in which Virginia Hendersons work is relevant for nurses today. 

Other hot topics include discussions of current health challenges such as mental health, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS.  Nurses will also have the opportunity to discuss professional issues such as changing scopes of practice, human resources, patient safety, ergonomics of care, nursing ethics and nurse migration.  The Congress also offers workshops and main sessions on other topical issues such as eHealth, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, climate change, modern day slavery and education, trade and services.

The Council of National Representatives (CNR), ICNs global governing body, is currently convening in Melbourne just prior to the Congress.   The election of ICNs president and new Board members will take place during the CNR meeting, along with deliberations on a new ICN membership model.

The Christiane Reimann Award, ICNs Health and Human Rights Award and the Partners in Development Award will be presented during the Opening Ceremony on the Congress.

The 50 organisations participating in the Congress commercial exhibition include universities, health ministries, nursing organisations, publishers, and pharmaceutical companies.
 

For more information about the ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress, visit the Congress Web site: www.icn2013.ch.

Florence Nightingale International Foundation Newsletter
Posted: Wed, Mar 27th 2013 at 11:53:52

Click below to view the Friends of FNIF Newsletter for December 2012:

http://www.ifpn.org.uk/downloads/FNIF_Friends_December_2012_FINAL.pdf

 

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