International Nursing Organization (ICN) is a global union of national nurses' organizations. Individual nurses can be a part of ICN through member organizations. Each member organization strives to ensure quality nursing care, sound health policies, the advancement of nursing knowledge, respect for the profession, and a satisfied and competent nursing workforce.
ICN member organizations work to advance the field of nursing and healthcare via policies, partnerships, lobbying, professional networks, special projects, a code of ethics, and leadership development. ICN collaborates with several other organizations to obtain financial and technical assistance to implement projects, namely the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA). The WCEA is an online platform offering financial assistance in the training of healthcare professionals through the use of technology. To address critical issues relevant to nurses, the ICN partners with organizations to collaborate on campaign and humanitarian efforts.
The ICN Code of Ethics has four core elements that regulate nurses' roles, responsibilities, professional judgment, and relationships with patients, co-workers, and associated professions. A nurse can use them in conjunction with current national laws, regulations, and professional standards.
The four elements are:
The work of the ICN revolves around developing strategies to implement health policies and ensure that nurses have a voice to fulfill the genuine needs of patients, families, and communities worldwide. The strategic priorities empower the membership to strengthen the National Nurses Association and encourage innovative growth policies to secure revenue-generating opportunities.
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