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International Council of Nurses Congress to Address Quality of Care and Safety of Patients and Nurses
Date Posted: 20/Dec/2016
International Council of Nurses’ Congress to Address Quality of Care and safety of Patients and Nurses 
Geneva Switzerland; 19 December 2016 – Three top level nurses will address the topic of quality of care and safety of patients and nurses at the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Congress in Barcelona in May 2017. Linda Aiken, Jean White & Liming You join the growing list of illustrious speakers to present at the ICN Congress – the largest gathering of nurses worldwide.
Addressing many of the workforce issues contained within the recommendations by the UN Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth will be a major theme for the ICN
Congress. ICN looks forward to discussing with the nursing profession how these recommendations can be put into action.
“With the new Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and the recommendations of the UN Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, workforce issues are at
the top of the agenda in the policy arena,“ said Dr Frances Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses. “ICN is proud that the ICN Congress will lead the way
in showcasing topics such as quality of care and patient safety with high-profile speakers who are experts in their field.” “The organisational context in which nursing takes place has a direct on nurses’ wellbeing and on patients’ outcomes,“ said Dr Linda Aiken, who will be a plenary speaker at the ICN Congress. “Investing in safe staffing improves the quality of health care thus lowering mortality and morbidity considerably.”
Dr Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, is the Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Professor Aiken is a health services researcher and an authority on causes and consequences of nurse shortages in the U.S. and globally.
Professor Liming You, who will share some of the important work she has led in China, said “Adequate nurse staffing and supportive work environments are crucial for improving nurse outcomes and quality of care. By rethinking the way hospitals are managed, we can increase the retention of an invaluable workforce and lower turnovers significantly, strengthening the nursing profession at its core”.
Professor You, PhD, RN is the foundation professor of nursing at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China; and was the Executive Deputy Dean of the School of Nursing at SYSU in 1998~2002, and Dean of the School in 2002~2012. Professor You is the Vice-chair of the National Steering Committee for Baccalaureate Nursing Programs, and serves on the National Steering Committee for Professional Degree Graduate Education in Medicine and on the State Committee for China Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse. She was the Vice-chair of China Higher Nursing Education Association in 2001~2012. Her research interests are policy research on nursing workforce and nursing education, aged care, and care of patients with chronic conditions.
“Cutting costs on staffing levels deteriorates the quality of care and ultimately, the health of a nation and legislators have a responsibility to take that into account in the policy-making process, said Professor Jean White, who has led ground breaking work in
Professor White was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer for Wales in October 2010. Welsh by birth, she trained as a general nurse in Swansea and practised as a theatre nurse in Wales and London. Professor White has held positions in nurse education, regulation and service development organisations and Welsh Government. She has worked with a number of European Governments and is currently an expert adviser to WHO European Region. 
Since appointment as CNO her main priority has been on developing the nursing and midwifery workforce in Wales and is currently engaged in implementing the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016, the first such legislation in Europe. Guest speakers from all over the world will participate in the ICN Congress, to be held from 27 May to 1 June 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The scientific programme is currently reviewing the nearly 4,500 abstracts that have been received, and designing an exciting and stimulating programme which will maximise networking opportunities and focus on priority areas for nursing.
The Congress will be preceded by the meeting of the Council of National Nursing Association Representatives (CNR) where nursing leaders from around the world will identify the
Further information and regular updates on the Congress programme are posted on the
Congress website: and you can follow us on Twitter, @ICNurses and
on Facebook,
The ICN’s Congresses are the world’s largest international events for nurses. ICN 2017 in Barcelona, Spain will explore nurses’ leading role in the transformation of care, with a
particular focus on universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and human resources for health. The Congress will provide opportunities for nurses to build
relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. Join us in Barcelona! Click here to register!
Note for Editors
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursinginternationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
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