The Queen’s Nursing Institute became a member of the International Council of Nurses in 2021.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses’ associations, representing more than 27 million nurses worldwide. Visit their website for more information: . The ICN recently worked with BBC Storyworks to help create a collection of films about nursing in different countries of the world, ‘Caring with Courage’. Click here to see the QNI Press Release on joining the ICN.

#NursesforPeace Campaign

The QNI has been a vocal supporter of the ICN’s Nurses for Peace Campaign.

Excerpt from the ICN’s August 2022 update:

In the five months since the start of the conflict, nurses in Ukraine have remained in contact with ICN so that we can inform the world’s nurses of the situation on the ground.

President of the Association of Nurses of Ukraine, Tetyana Chernyshenko said ICN’s continuing moral and practical support was a vital help to nurses in her country:

“Ukraine is at war and every day there are rocket attacks on many regions. As a result of such shelling, healthcare facilities, schools, higher education institutions and residential buildings continue to be destroyed. In such inhumane conditions, our nurses and doctors often work under fire, providing emergency medical care and saving lives.

“With ICN’s help, Ukrainian nurses feel that they are not alone in this terrible war, that there is support for nursing in the democratic countries of the world, and that we are united in our efforts to protect freedom for our people. The Ukrainian people are extremely hardworking and capable of overcoming all the devastating horrors of this war. We sincerely thank all the people and the governments of the countries that lend us a helping hand, support us materially and will participate in the reconstruction of the damage caused. We give thanks to the International Council of Nurses for their help.”

ICN President, Dr Pamela Cipriano said:

“As the war in Ukraine continues, ICN and its member associations will continue to support nurses in Ukraine via our #NursesforPeace campaign. The World Health Organization recently reported 401 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine had been verified as of 21 July, causing 85 deaths and 100 injuries. The protection of healthcare and health workers is paramount, and nurses must be protected!”

ICN’s Humanitarian Fund has provided monies for the Ukrainian Nurses Association so that it can continue its normal functions and direct funds to the nurses who are most in need.

Click here to read the full August update on the ICN website.

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Internationally Educated Nurses in the Community

The QNI has worked closely with NHS England to support the innovative work to bring Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to work in community settings in England. The QNI has developed resources to support employers seeking to attract skilled nurses to their region, and has also brought together resources for nurses new to working in this country. The International Community Nurse of the Year Award is a new award that is offered by the QNI annually. Find out more about our project here.

WHO ‘Health for All’ International Film Festival 2020

In 2020, the QNI produced a short film about nursing in the community that was shortlisted and given a special mention in the inaugural WHO Health for All Film Festival. Read more in our press release here, including a link to the film.

Historical Note

As one of few formally constituted nursing organisations at that time, the QNI was involved in the early years of the ICN. The first meeting of the proposed ICN took place in London in 1899, attended by Louisa Stephenson, from the Scottish Branch of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses (later renamed the QNI). QNI Superintendents attended the subsequent meeting (the first ICN Congress) held in 1901 in Buffalo, New York State, USA.  

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