The International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) newly elected President, Annette Kennedy, is in Beijing today to inaugurate ICN’s new branch of its Leadership for Change (LFC) programme in China, a venture made possible by the generosity of its partner Johnson & Johnson.
The programme, already running in more than 40 countries, is now being extended to the East-Asian state where it will cater to 12 provinces of the country, gathering 36 participants to be trained in essential management, policy and leadership skills in the aim to boost the profession in the most populous nation in the world and largest reservoir of human resources of which working registered nurses represent about 2.92 million.
The partnership with Johnson & Johnson is ingrained in the company’s longstanding efforts to promote nursing through its “Campaign for Nursing”, which reached its 15th year of existence in 2017.
Deeply committed to address the shortage of nurses in the US, the Campaign has supported and accompanied nurses through all stages of their training and careers since 2002. Guided by strong values and the recognition that nurses are central to the health of a nation, Johnson & Johnson strive to ensure the future of the profession.
“We have been building this relationship for some time and it is great to see ICN and Johnson and Johnson partnering for such a programme,” said Dr Frances Hughes, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer. “We share the same vision that strengthening nursing anywhere starts with providing solid educational opportunities to individuals who will steer the profession forward and we are delighted to have such a dedicated ally.”
For her first official visit as ICN President, Annette Kennedy attended the launch. “This is a wonderful occasion and highlights ICN partnership work with and for our member countries,” she said. “We want to see more sponsors committing to leadership programmes across the globe. It is the next logical step for both ICN and Johnson & Johnson is to partner in the aim to build capacity where it is needed.”
The notable attendance of Yanhong Guo, deputy director general of Medical Administration National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and Dr Xiuhua Li, President of the Chinese Nursing Association, marked the launch, emphasizing the significance of the programme which will take on 500 nurses of all profiles and skill mixes, practicing across a variety of settings and locations.
"In 2016, Johnson & Johnson introduced the 'Healthy Society' initiative to China to help build a Healthy China,” said Andrea Higham, the Senior Director of Equity Programs at Johnson & Johnson,. “Supporting the development of public health and medical personnel is the essential practice of the 'Healthy Society' initiative, whose purpose is closely aligned with the ICN Leadership for Change Programme. We will maintain long-term focus and support for this project.”
Launched in 1996, the LFC Programme boasts an impeccable track record of success wherever it has been implemented. Its key strategic aims are to assist senior nurses and other health professionals at a country, region or organisational level to:
• Engage in the development of health and social policy;
• Be effective and dynamic leaders and managers;
• Align the contribution of the profession in socioeconomic, professional and regulatory developments; and
• Maintain and advance their own competence and to identify, develop and support future generations of leaders.
Scalability is one of the key features of the LFC programme, which aims at building local capacities/ capacities of ICN members and fostering the autonomy of the national nursing associations who are partners in the programme. More on the LFC and other ICN leadership programmes can be found on: http://leadership.icn.ch/.
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