ICN – International Nurses day. “Investing In Nursing Results In The Health Of Nations”

by Bamidele Ogunberu Last updated on April 6th, 2018,

ICN – International Nurses day. “Investing In Nursing Results In The Health Of Nations.” The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is delighted to announce the release of its 2017 International Nurses Day resources, under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Celebrated on 12 May, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birth, International Nurses Day (IND) is a global event initiated by ICN in 1965 and held each year in recognition of nurses’ invaluable work.

This year, ICN has introduced an exciting brand new identity and format, supported by several media to offer a broad and interactive range of insights on the profession and to highlight the outstanding work carried out by nurses everywhere who strive to care for their communities. “This is a sentinel piece of work and profiles nursing in its absolute, which is its key contribution to health of nations,” said Dr Frances Hughes, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer.

“The resources and evidence show that investing in nursing results in the health of nations.” The printed publication of resources, evidence and case studies, sent in by nurses themselves to showcase their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs, is now available for free download (low resolution) on the ICN website, or for sale (high resolution) on the ICN eshop. ICN stressed that the case studies included in the IND resources demonstrate the relationship between what nurses do on a daily basis in their clinical practice and how they are addressing the major health and social challenges facing the globe. The nursing organisation underlined that it is because of these connections and interrelationships that nursing must be represented and involved in high level policy decision making and nursing leadership must be supported and promoted.

Posters are also available for purchase to help nurses celebrate, and the official hashtags, #VoiceToLead and #IND2017, allow nurses to interact via Twitter. These will allow nurses everywhere to share their stories and come together in one voice to lead. A freestanding IND website, www.icnvoicetolead.com, will be available shortly. ICN invites you all to find us on social media to start sharing the unique ways in which nurses are key players in the achievement of the SDGs, every day.

According to the World health Organization, The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of national nurses associations in more than 130 countries. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organization for health professionals and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

ICN has identified three key program areas as crucial to the betterment of nursing and health. These are known as ICN’s Pillars and they are: Professional Practice, Regulation, and Socio-economic welfare. The association’s activities are focused in these areas. The International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) – a common code language for data globally — and Leadership for Change ™ are two significant ICN projects which come under the professional practice pillar. Leadership in Negotiation is a project which comes under the socio-economic welfare pillar.

ICN’s ever-increasing networks and connections to people reinforce the importance of strong linkages with national, regional and international nursing and non-nursing organizations. Building positive relationships internationally helps position ICN, nurses and nursing for now and the future. ICN is a valuable source of information. It is known for its guidelines, best practices, publications, benchmarking tools, conferences, online education and reference guides.

ICN’s International Centre for Human Resources in Nursing is dedicated to strengthening the nursing workforce globally through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive information, standards and tools on nursing human resources policy, management, research and practice.

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