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ICN: Nurses call on Nations and the World Health Organizationto Invest in Nursing Leadership
Date Posted: 03/Oct/2016
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.Creating and supporting nursing leadership positions is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and new UN recommendations.
The Global Nursing Leadership Institute(GNLI) of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) took place in Geneva last week and gathered 26 senior nurses from 22 different countries. The 8thedition of this programme, dedicated to “Nursing opportunities in a world focused on sustainable development”, was tailored to take forward nursing leadership priorities and develop creative, innovative strategies to keep the world focused on sustainable development.
Following this intensive seven-day programme, which was marked by the release of the recommendations of the UN Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, the ICN/GNLI 2016 participants called on nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) to invest in nurse leadership for the successful attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Responding to the UN report findings that investing in the healthcare workforce will create jobs and drive economic development – two essential aspects of promoting the health of nations – ICN/GNLI 2016 identified nursing leadership as critical for developing and implementing national workforce plans and helping nations to address the SDGs, including reducing gender inequality. 
Dr Frances Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of ICN, acknowledged that the new UN report provides an impetus for the rapid implementation of ICN/GNLI 2016 recommendations to improve the health of people around the world. “Nursing leadership roles remain critical in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in pursuit of ‘health for all’,” she said. “ICN is tremendously proud of the GNLI, as well as our other nursing leadership programmes.”
“It is imperative that nations invest in developing a pipeline of future nurse leaders and creating leadership positions throughout health systems and national health ministries,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, ICN/GNLI 2016 participant from Australia.
“We must have enough nurses and we must use them well,” added Elizabeth Folake Tade, head of nursing services at a university teaching hospital in Nigeria. “An increasing body of evidence demonstrates the positive impact of nursing on the quality, safety, and cost of health care.”
Nurses comprise over 80% of the professional health workforce worldwide and in most countries. They have a direct and powerful impact on the health of individuals and communities at local, national, regional and global levels.
During the eight years of the GNLI program we have received invaluable support from Burdett Trust for Nursing and Pfizer, Inc. and we are extremely grateful for that.
. About the Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI)
The GNLI was established in 2009 to provide a leadership programme for nurses in senior and executive level positions. The GNLI employs an action-learning approach within a collaborative and stimulating learning culture. Participants review and enhance their leadership skills and behaviours related to national and global health priorities.Additional information about the GNLI is available at
. About the International Council of Nurses (ICN)
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 nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at:
Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101
Twitter: @ICNurses

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