Dear colleagues,

Welcome to our summer newsletter.

The Institute’s Annual Conference was held in the Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley Dublin. The theme was “Community Nursing Resilience in Times of Change”. Papers were presented by national and international speakers who emphasised the need for nurses to provide quality evidence-based care. Participant involvement contributed to the interactive discussions relevant to everyday community nursing. The feedback reviewed was positive and will influence next year’s conference, incorporating the recommendations of delegates. The conference was a great success due to the commitment of the ICHN Council and the administrator who co-ordinated the programme. The presentations are accessible on the ICHN website. I would also like to offer congratulations to the poster and nurse awards winners for their work and commitment in the field of public health nursing.

This year’s AGM is being held in the Aisling Hotel on the 11th September 2019. Further details will appear on the website and please register to attend.

Nursing Now will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide. Nursing Now aims to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare.

There are many organisations worldwide playing powerful roles in developing nursing and midwifery. The aim is to complement and support them – bringing nursing to the forefront of thinking on global health and enabling nurses to do even more in improving health globally.

By the end of 2020, Nursing Now would like to see the following goals achieved:

  1. Greater investment in improving education, professional development, standards, regulation and employment conditions for nurses.
  • All countries have plans for developing nursing and midwifery;
  • Increased investment in all aspects of nursing and midwifery; and
  • More nurses in training and employment, with clear progress in eliminating the global shortfall of nine million nurses and midwives by 2030.
  1. Increased and improved dissemination of effective and innovative practice in nursing.
  • Nursing organisations collectively support a coordinated global portal of effective practice and innovation used by nurses and policy makers around the world.
  1. Greater influence for nurses and midwives on global and national health policy, as part of broader efforts to ensure health workforces are more involved in decision-making.
  • All global and national policies on health and healthcare acknowledge the role of nursing in achieving their goals and include plans for the development of nursing; and
  • All national plans for delivering UHC make specific proposals to enhance and develop the role of nurses as the health professionals closest to the community.
  1. More nurses in leadership positions and more opportunities for development at all levels.
  • At least 75% of countries have a Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Government Nurse as part of their most senior management team in health;
  • More senior leadership programmes for nurses; and
  • The establishment of a global nursing leadership network.
  1. More evidence for policy and decision makers about: where nursing can have the greatest impact, what is stopping nurses from reaching their full potential and how to address these obstacles.
  • A landmark study on the economic impact of nursing is published;
  • More articles on nursing’s impact in peer-reviewed A* journals; and
  • A coordinated global network on research on nursing is established.

Before applying to set up any kind of group, please review Nursing Now guidelines, which detail specific criteria for setting up Regional, National and Local Groups.

Scientific Research Awards

Three research awards will be made by the ICHN as part of its commitment to supporting the use of evidence by nurses in the community. The awards will include publication of your research by the ICHN at next year’s conference, a bursary of €500 and a certificate of award.

I hope you continue to enjoy the summer and I look forward to meeting you at the ICHN AGM on the 11th  September in the Aisling Hotel.


Anne Lynott

Hon President ICHN