International Council of Nurses
The International Council of Nurses is a federation of national nursing associations representing nurses in more than 130 countries, including Canada. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest-reaching international organization for health professionals. CNA has been a member of ICN since its inception in 1908.
Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works in the following areas:
- Professional nursing practice (e.g., advancing nursing knowledge to ensure quality nursing care for all and advocacy for sound health policies globally).
- Nursing regulation (e.g., credentialing, code of ethics, standards and competencies).
- Socio-economic welfare for nurses (e.g., occupational health and safety, human resources planning and policy, remuneration, career development).
Canadian nurses have a proud tradition of international involvement and leadership at ICN:
- One Canadian is a past president (Alice Girard) and five are past vice-presidents (Helen Glass, Helen Evans, Alice Baumgart, Eleanor Ross and Verna Huffman Splane).
- CNA former executive director Judith Oulton was CEO for 12 years, until 2008.
- In June 2009, former CNA president Marlene Smadu was elected third vice-president.
- In 2010, former CNA director Jean Barry was named consultant, nursing and health policy.