International Council of Nurses ICN

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The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 13 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 … (about ICN).

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Address: International Council of Nurses, 3. , Place Jean Marteau, 1201 – Geneva, Switzerland;

Mission: To represent nursing worldwide, advancing the profession and influencing health policy.

ICN Goals and Values – Three goals and five core values guide and motivate all ICN activities. The three goals are:

  • to bring nursing together worldwide.
  • to advance nurses and nursing worldwide.
  • to influence health policy.

The five core values are:

  • Visionary Leadership
  • Inclusiveness
  • Flexibility.
  • Partnership.
  • Achievement.

Code of Ethics:

The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses, most recently revised in 2006, is a guide for action based on social values and needs.The Code has served as the standard for nurses worldwide since it was first adopted in 1953.

The Code is regularly reviewed and revised in response to the realities of nursing and health care in a changing society. The Code makes it clear that inherent in nursing is respect for human rights, including the right to life, to dignity and to be treated with respect.

The ICN Code of Ethics guides nurses in everyday choices and it supports their refusal to participate in activities that conflict with caring and healing.

The ICN Code for Nurses is the foundation for ethical nursing practice throughout the world. ICN standards, guidelines and policies for nursing practice, education, management, research and socio-economic welfare are accepted globally as the basis of nursing policy.

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