International Council of Nurses


Founded in 1899, ICN is the widest reaching health care organisation in the world. As a Federation of National Nurses’ Associations (NNA’s), ICN is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation representing millions of nurses in more than 130 countries. Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, the organisation works to ensure quality nursing care for all; sound health policies globally; the advancement of nursing knowledge; the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession; and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

ICN is the recognized global voice of Nursing and has increasingly raised its profile and impact in recent years. 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 and other partners.