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Our Mission, Strategic Intent, Core Values and Priorities

Our Mission

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

ICN’s Strategic Intent is to enhance the health of individuals, populations, and societies by:

  • championing the contribution and image of nurses worldwide
  • advocating for nurses at all levels
  • advancing the nursing profession
  • influencing health, social, economic and education policy.

ICN’s Core Values

ICN is committed to:

Visionary Leadership:

Advancing and sustaining the nursing profession and its contribution to peoples’ health and public policy.


Being transformational, progressive, evidence orientated and solution focused.


Working to place nurses and nursing as key contributors and essential partners in formulating and implementing public policy, systems design and services delivery.


Guaranteeing open, inclusive, transparent and informed decision-making and reporting.

Social Justice:

Achieving equity and equality for society and the profession.

ICN’s Priorities are clustered in four key interconnected themes:

  • Global voice  - To bring solidarity and cooperation across the profession in collaboration with other stakeholders.
  • Strategic leadership - To provide strategic leadership to empower nurses and nursing organisations to advance nursing worldwide through coherent, efficient, effective and judicious advocacy by and for nurses, nursing and health.
  • Policy impact - To influence the design and implementation of policy in health and in other related areas to achieve better health outcomes.
  • Diversification - To identify, secure and diversify business and revenue generating opportunities to attain ICN goals.

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.

ICN advances nursing, nurses and health through its policies, partnerships, advocacy, leadership development, networks, congresses, special projects, and by its work in the arenas of professional practice, regulation and socio-economic welfare.

ICN Core business

  • Supporting NNAs strengthening across the three pillars;
  • Maintain best practices for responsible governance;
  • Accountable financial management and income generation;
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with internal and external organizations;
  • Provide ongoing opportunities for global exchange;
  • Evaluate and review current models, policies, processes and guidance so as to strengthen and enhance inclusiveness;
  • Identify and disseminate and/or produce and maintain evidenced based up-to-date publications across all areas of work;
  • Promote the contribution of nursing through enhancement of ICNP and the development and implementation of information and communications technologies and other innovations;
  • Develop, maintain and promote up-to-date products such as ICN position statements, fact sheets, scans, website, etc.

ICN’s Three Pillars:

ICN is particularly active in:

Professional Nursing Practice

  • eHealth
  • Leadership Development
  • Ethics and Human Rights
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Primary Health Care
  • Immunisation/Vaccines
  • Mental Health

Nursing Regulation

  • Regulation and Credentialing
  • Education
  • Counterfeit medicines
  • Women’s and Children’s Health

Socio-economic Welfare for Nurses

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Human resources planning and policy
  • Remuneration
  • Career development
  • International trade in professional services
  • Ageing


Our partnerships and strategic alliances with governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, regional groups, national associations, and individuals, assist ICN in advancing nursing worldwide.

ICN is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. For further information on ICN structure, publications and activities, please visit our Web site map.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 13:16