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International Council of Nurses

Global Nursing Leadership Institute™ 2018 Policy Programme


Empower, Educate, Mentor, Develop

Helping current and future nursing leaders to enhance their effectiveness in bringing about policy changes that lead to health improvement, through increasing their political and policy competence



Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest-reaching international organization for health professionals. It is a federation of more than 130 national nurses’ associations, representing the over 20 million nurses worldwide. Its mission is to represent nursing worldwide, advance the profession and influence health policy. ICN has long been a pioneer in leadership, management and negotiation skill development for nurses.

GNLI™ builds on ICN’s impressive legacy of working with senior nurses from around the world to increase their leadership understanding and expertise. Generously supported by The Burdett Trust for Nursing (UK) and other partners, it has taken place annually from 2009 to the present.

GNLI™ 2018 programme overview 

Policy and politics determine the health of populations, and the future of the nursing profession. Policy and politics, at local, regional, national and international levels, profoundly shape the practice of nursing and the environments where nurses work. Nurse leaders everywhere must gain the right professional, political and policy leadership skills to operate effectively in tough policy arenas. Whether you work in government, management, education, advanced practice, research or development, or for a professional association or trade union, you need to know how to maximize your distinctive contribution to shaping, influencing and implementing policy decisions. This innovative programme, positioned within the framework of nursing opportunities in a global movement committed to sustainable development, focuses on the foundations of policy understanding and influence.

 Expected programme outcomes

The GNLI™ scholars are joining a blended learning programme that aims to build your capacity to work for better health outcomes and quality of care while safeguarding staff safety, well-being and socioeconomic interests, and enhance your effectiveness in bringing about policy changes that lead to health improvement. It will help you achieve the following outcomes:

  • Better understanding of how to influence policy
  • Improved ability to identify, understand and work with stakeholders within and beyond the nursing profession
  • Greater awareness of the competencies needed to negotiate with fellow executives, government officials, international and nongovernmental organizations and other policy stakeholders
  • Enhanced ability to review and frame the evidence base within your local, national and international political, health and social care contexts
  • Enhanced ability to create clear policy messages that appeal to politicians, policy-makers and the public

All GNLI™ scholars are asked to assess their policy leadership competencies at the beginning of the programme, and set their own GNLI™ goals, using GNLI™ templates and support documents; review their competencies during Module 2; and create an individual development plan to work on during Module 3 and beyond. The scholars will be asked to participate in formative and summative evaluations of the modules and the overall programme.

Programme content

GNLI™ 2018 Policy Programme is a five-month programme comprising three modules, as follows:

  • Module 1: Induction, 2 July – 7 September
  • Module 2: Residential workshop, Geneva, 8-14 September
  • Module 3: Implementation, 15 September – 30 November

Module 1: Induction

During this module, scholars start to get familiarized with their colleagues and GNLI Co-Facilitators. In addition, it is expected for them to prepare assignments and reading materials for Module 2.

Module 2: Residential workshop

The residential workshop takes place at the conference center of the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva. In 2018, the week will focus on three themes developed from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Universal health coverage and health as a human right
  • The primary health care approach
  • Noncommunicable diseases

Using active learning approaches, the module incorporates discussions of the policy process and its political context, strategies for evidence-based policy change within a global context, the role of nurses in leading global health and social policy, and effective communication skills for leaders. In-depth exploration of the work of ICN and the World Health Organization occurs throughout the week, including site visits and conversations with leaders within these organizations. Networking opportunities are threaded throughout the week and set the stage for ongoing relationships among participants beyond the residential Module. Participants reflect on strategies for policy change in their own countries and engage in discussions of regional opportunities for collaboration on policy change and nursing leadership.

 Module 3: Implementation

GNLI™ Scholars will receive further orientation to Module 3 and discussion of their development needs during the residential workshop. The Module 3 assignments are likely to include the following: work with in-country mentors, carry out on their development plans, continue engaging with ICN, among others.

Education credits

International Continuing Nursing Education Credits (ICNECS) have been granted. Credits for Modules 1 and 2 will be given at the end of Module 2.


This programme is made possible by the generous sponsoring of

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