Spread over three days, the International Council of Nurses 2021 Congress will be the largest gathering of nurses from across the world in 2021. ICN 2021 will be a fully virtual event where delegates can actively participate and network. This highly interactive meeting will provide a vast array of content which includes plenary, main and concurrent sessions, e-poster displays, symposia and policy cafés. Using the theme “Nursing Around the World”, we will pass the nursing baton across different regions in a series of live and interactive events over a 72-hour period. The Congress programme will be packed full of the latest research, trends and priorities in nursing and will look ahead to the future of healthcare and a post-COVID-19 world. Multidisciplinary plenary sessions and symposiums will cater to an international audience and bring together nurses from all regions.
ICN would like to thank all the nurses around the world who dedicated their time to submit an abstract in this challenging time. The abstracts will undergo a robust blind review by our panel of expert reviewers and each will be scored by at least three different reviewers. The final decision on acceptance will be made based on the average of these three scores, ensuring a balance of topics and geographical diversity.
Applicants of late-breaking abstracts have until midnight CET, 3 September 2021 to register for Congress. Accepted abstracts will be eliminated from the programme after this date if registration and fee payment have not been received.
All decisions on abstract acceptance are final. Once the decision has been rendered on an abstract, no further correspondence will be undertaken on the selection process.
A big thank you, once again, to everyone who submitted. We look forward to putting together a stimulating programme for all!
Abstract submissions were received under all eight sub-themes:
Sub-theme 1: Nursing Leadership
Sub-theme 2: Epidemics and Pandemics: Nurses’ Experiences, Responses and Policy Recommendations
Sub-theme 3: Nursing Regulation and Education
Sub-theme 4: Quality and Safety
Sub-theme 5: Nursing Care and Advanced Practice Nursing
Sub-theme 6: Nursing Workforce
Sub-theme 7: Global Health Challenges
Sub-theme 8: Digital Health and Innovation
We very much appreciate the great work of all of the experts involved in the abstract reviews.
Her Royal Highness is the WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan is the WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, former Commissioner to the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and Champion for the Nursing Now Campaign.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet has served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2018. She was elected as the first female President of Chile in 2006 and again in 2014. She also served as Health Minister of Chile and as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister. In 2011, she was named the first Director of UN Women and she has recently pledged to be a Gender Champion, committing to advance gender equality in OHCHR and in international fora. Ms Bachelet has also served as Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and as Co-Chair of the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child.
Mr Ban Ki-Moon is former Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016)
Mr Ban Ki-Moon is former Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016) during which time he strove to give voice to the world’s poorest and the most vulnerable people.
He currently serves as Chairman of Presidential National Council on Climate and Air Quality; Chairman of Boao Forum for Asia; Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens; and Chairman of IOC Ethics Committee. He is Distinguished Chair Professor and Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Global Engagement & Empowerment at Yonsei University in Korea, and President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute.
Rt Hon. Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
She served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008 and as a Member of Parliament In April 2009, she became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first woman to lead the organisation. Helen continues to be a strong voice for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on pressing global health issues. In July 2020, she was appointed by the Director-General of the World Health Organization as a Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health
Dr. Roopa Dhatt, BA, BSc, MSc, MD, is a passionate advocate for gender equality in global health and a leading voice in the movement to correct the gender imbalance in global health leadership. In 2015, Dr. Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health, which works to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health by mobilizing a diverse group of emerging women health leaders, by advocating existing global health leaders commit to transforming their own institutions, and by holding these leaders to account. Dr. Dhatt was recognised in the Gender Equality Top 100 list in 2019. She was a public delegate in the US Government Delegation to the UN 65th Commission of Status of Women Meeting in March 2021 and is a member of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, Global Health Diplomacy and Cooperation Task Force.
President, International Council of Nurses
Annette Kennedy, RN, RM, DipMgt, BNS, RNT, DipHRM, MSC, FFNMRCSI, D. Phil. honoris causa, was elected 28th President of ICN in June 2017 after serving four years as Vice President. Annette was a Commissioner on the WHO Independent High –Level Commission on NCDs (2017- 2019). She previously held the position of President of the European Federation of Nurses Associations and was the Director of Professional Development for the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation for 19 years and established the INMO’s very successful Education, Research and Resource Centre.
Western Cape Minister of Health, South Africa
Dr Nomafrench Mbombo was appointed as Western Cape Health Minister in 2015. Previously, she served as Minister at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports. Before entering into politics, Dr Mbombo was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. She holds a PhD in the area of Gender and Human Rights (UWC), Masters in Maternal & Child Health (UKZN) and a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science (UFH). She is a mother, a human rights activist and nature lover. Her area of interest is community empowerment to reclaim the voices of the populations at risk such as young women, girls, rural women and minority groups.
Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Professor Røttingen, MPA, MSc, MD PhD, is Adjunct Scientific Director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Visiting Fellow of Practice at Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. He was founding CEO of CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations); Chief Executive, Research Council of Norway; Executive Director of Infection Control and Environmental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; Professor of Health Policy, University of Oslo; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Guy Ryder first joined the ILO in 1998 as Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities and, from 1999, as Director of the Office of the Director-General. In 2002, he was appointed General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, leading the process of global unification of the democratic international trade union movement. He was elected as first General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation in 2006. In September 2010, Guy Ryder returned to the ILO as Executive Director, responsible for international labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. He was elected as ILO Director General in October 2012 and was re-elected in 2016.
WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States in May 2017
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States in May 2017. He is the first person from the WHO African Region to head the world’s leading public health agency. Dr Tedros served as Minister of Health of Ethiopia from 2005 to 2012, during which time he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system, built on the foundation of universal health coverage and provision of services to all people, even in the most remote areas. Under his leadership, Ethiopia expanded its health infrastructure, developed innovative health financing mechanisms, and expanded its health workforce. As Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016, he elevated health as a political issue nationally, regionally and globally. In this role, he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to his election as Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros held many leadership positions in global health, including as Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and Co-chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Board.
Ms Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and United States Congresswoman
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and United States Congresswoman serving Illinois’s 14th Congressional District. She is the first woman, the first person of colour, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress, and the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
COVID-19 Technical Lead, World Health Organization
Maria Van Kerkhove, MS, PhD, is an infectious disease epidemiologist who specializes in outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Apart from being the Technical Lead for COVID-19, Dr Van Kerkhove is also the Head of the Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses Unit and the MERS-CoV Technical Lead in the WHO’s Health Emergency Program. Her main research interests include zoonotic, respiratory and emerging/re-emerging viruses such as avian influenza, MERS-CoV, Ebola, Marburg, plague and Zika. Previously, Dr Van Kerkhove was the Head of the Outbreak Investigation Task Force at Institut Pasteur’s Center for Global Health. She was previously employed by Imperial College London in the MRC Center for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling.
Ms Peggy Vidot is a registered nurse and midwife and the Minister of Health of Seychelles
Peggy Vidot is a registered nurse and midwife, the Minister of Health of Seychelles, and chairperson of the National Aids Council. She was a proponent of switching HIV treatment tasks from doctors to nurses and midwives to better combat the disease in Africa. She is among the main initiators of the African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative (ARC) as a framework to strengthen nursing and midwifery education.
President of the Emirates Nursing Association, United Arab Emirates.
Founder and Director of PerCen Technologies, Ireland
Vice Chair and Global Health expert, KPMG UK
Dr Mark Britnell is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems and has a pioneering and inspiring global vision for health in both the developed and developing world. He has dedicated his entire professional life to healthcare and has led organisations at local, regional, national and global levels –provider and payer, public and private. Over the past 11 years, he has worked in over 80 countries gaining a unique first-hand experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Perfect Health System” and “Human: solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare”.
Professor Emerita, Susan Wakil School of Nursing, University of Sydney, Australia
Mary Chiarella has served as the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, NSW Health Department and as Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health, with the University of Technology, Sydney. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2019 for significant contributions to nursing and midwifery education and healthcare standards. Mary is Deputy Chair of Northern Sydney LHD and chairs their Health Care Quality Committee. She also serves on the Health Ethics Advisory Panel to the NSW Minister for Health and the Clinical Governance Advisory Committee to healthdirect Australia. She has recently been appointed by the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Council as a panel member for impairment performance and conduct matters. She has undertaken a number of projects for the World Health Organisation and has been a Visiting Scholar to ICN.
Former Coordinator, Health Workforce Development and Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Nurse anesthetist programme director, IFITS, France Nurse scientist, Health Chair, ScPoParis/IDM UMR 1145 Vice President of the Academy of Nursing science
CEO and co-founder of No Isolation
No Isolation is a company that develops technology solutions for groups living in loneliness or social isolation. In 2019, Forbes named Karen Dolva one of the Top 50 women in technology worldwide, and in 2020, she reached the BBC 100 women list. She is an avid supporter of female entrepreneurship and strongly encourages girls to pursue careers in tech.
Associate professor, Hariri School of Nursing, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Professor and Dean, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
Associate Professor of Nursing and Lead Faculty for the Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Program, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner, clinical specialist in adult psychiatric–mental health nursing, and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She coordinates the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (PMHNP DNP) programme at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA. She is in active clinical practice. Mary consulted and co-authored with the Barcelona WHO team on development of (ICF) Core Sets for schizophrenia. She was panel participant and co-author of the World Federation of Mental Health project Schizophrenia: Time to Commit to Policy Change.
Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Officer, Ministry of Health, British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing
Professor, Public University of Navarra, Spain
President of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation, Norway
Lill Sverresdatter Larsen was elected president of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation (NNO) in November 2019. She is a trained nurse from Tromsø University College, has a master’s degree in health sciences and a doctorate in health sciences. She is now on leave from her position as an associate professor at UiT Norway’s Arctic University, where she teaches at the Department of Health and Care Sciences in subjects such as elderly care, mental health and substance abuse and science theory and methodology.
Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.
Vice President III, General Council of Nursing, Spain
Want to hear what ICN’s thought leaders are working on? Join us at the ICN Plenary lectures to hear from the brilliant minds changing the world of nursing.
Main Sessions will feature highly esteemed international and local speakers who will dive deep in their 15/20-minute presentations to uncover some of the most important issues facing nurses today. They provide opportunities to build relationships for in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.
The sessions will focus on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the way forward. They will also bring us insight on the latest developments of nursing contributions to improving health and wellness for individuals, families, communities and the entire world. Big topics affecting nursing will be covered, including public health preparedness and response, global heath priorities, health workforce, ethics, leadership, nursing regulation, advanced practice, and many more. Join the discussion!
Concurrent sessions are composed of oral abstract presentations (10 minutes pre-recorded video each), selected among the best abstracts submitted to the ICN 2021 Congress. Concurrent sessions provide great opportunities for participants to share scientific knowledge and practice of clinical care, to engage stimulating discussions and to gain insight on the eight abstract sub-themes (Nursing leadership, Epidemics and pandemics, Nursing regulation and education, Quality and safety, Nursing care and advanced practice nursing, Nursing workforce, Global health challenges and Digital health and innovation).
This year, besides scientific abstracts, ICN has created concurrent sessions for COVID-19 case studies. Case study sessions highlight the vital contribution of nurses in the battle for public health and wellbeing in the pandemic and encourage nurses to share their own experience with others working in relation to COVID-19.
Each symposium is organised by a recognised expert in the field who leads a coherent session with 3-4 international speakers working together thoughtfully to highlight the latest nursing practice, research, education and professional issues. Cutting edge nursing and health topics will be explored from a global perspective:
PS1 Achieving quality palliative care across the world: The essential role of nurses
Access to palliative care is a basic human right, yet many people across the world are denied such services and experience unnecessary physical, emotional, sociocultural and spiritual distress as a result. The holistic approach inherent within nursing means that nursing services are vital to the provision of palliative care. This symposium will address the challenge of achieving quality palliative care; review existing data on the state of palliative care; highlight the development of palliative care services and reasons for existing disparities; and provide a critical analysis of actions to support nurses to optimise their contribution to palliative care.
PS2 Efforts to Promote Evidence-Based Policies and Leadership by Professional Association in Japan
Providing evidence to policies is one of the goals of the global Nursing Now campaign, and the importance of evidence has been recognised all over the world. In Japan, the Government is also promoting evidence-based policies, and the presentation of evidence will be essential in advancement of nursing policies in the future. In this context, 30 Japanese nursing organisations agreed on the “Nursing Now Nippon Declaration”, in which they announced their commitment to engage in policymaking and accumulating evidence. In this symposium, nursing experts will share their insights and efforts in policymaking from different perspectives, as a government officer implementing nursing policy, an educator/researcher, and a professional association executive taking leadership in nursing policy.
PS3 Facilitating global accreditation to build the better future of nursing workforce after the pandemic
Prior to the COVID pandemic, WHO estimated that six million more nurses will be needed by 2030 for nursing to fully contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, ICN estimates that the COVID Effect has increased this shortage to 13 million. Nursing education programmes are increasing enrolments, but a nurse educator shortage and insufficient resources may jeopardize quality. In addition, differences in pre-licensure educational qualifications for nurses are a barrier to their mobility. This symposium will examine the role of accreditation in facilitating quality nursing education and the mobility of nurses in the context of a global nursing shortage. With examples from Canada, China and the USA, it will provide a platform to examine national accreditation programmes for nursing education and their role in addressing a global need for an expanded and mobile workforce of well-educated nurses. Strategies to advance the quality of nursing education and initiatives for retaining and retraining nurses will be explored.
PS4 Act to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings – WHO
The session will share experiences and perspectives from healthcare providers and others on HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including some reflection on stigmas related to COVID-19. Evidence will add to these perspectives and to the impact on global HIV goals. The symposium will speak to compassion as a foundation to quality care; and share a compassion lens to understanding stigma and how to tackle it. Lastly, interventions will be shared that reduce stigma and discrimination, ranging from education and training to practice, policy and leadership. Participants should leave this session with actions that they intend to do, knowing that small actions are possible, they make a difference, and amplify over time.
PS5 Advanced Practice Nursing: past, present and future
Today, people all around the world seek Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) for much of their healthcare needs. APNs in many countries are accepted by both healthcare consumers and most other care providers as a critical component of a modern health care system. For many years, APNs have provided a vast amount of services in both acute, chronic and community settings, making their presence in the health care system essential. Furthermore, expectations are that APNs will become even more crucial to health care delivery as the need to access quality and affordable care grows. This symposium discusses the optimal future of APN and how we get there.
PS6 Teaching nursing history through photographs: between realities, cultural constructions and social idealisations
Countless images of nurses have been captured on camera, but what do they tell us about nursing’s past? In a panel presentation with a brief discussion period, historic photographs of nurses at various periods in history and from a range of social and national contexts will be examined in order to show how the analysis and interpretation of an image may help us gain a deeper understanding of nurses’ critical role in maintaining people’s health. The session will demonstrate how photographs can be used as an intriguing educational strategy to teach nursing history, applying multiple analytic lenses, including gender, race, religion, nationality and place. The panellists will pose some critical questions about identification and selection of photographs of nursing’s past and share a compelling approach to teaching nursing history that can be taken up in a wide range of educational programmes or workshops around the world.
PS7 Supporting nursing around the world through the use of a common language
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for very timely decision-making that frequently cannot wait for evidence from research and must rely to a great extent on practice-based evidence. This reality demands the availability of accurate and relevant data and a nursing workforce that has the skill set to make full use of the resulting information. The use of a common language, such as the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP), is a prerequisite for effective and accurate data capture and sharing. Through its use, nurses can articulate the unique contribution made by the profession and make visible the specific role of nursing in the health improvement of citizens. ICN’s ICNP R&D Centres have taken a range of approaches to documenting nursing practice using ICNP as a common language, thereby supporting thousands of nurses around the world in their quest for useful and exchangeable information. This session will showcase a selection of these successes and include an interactive discussion with the audience about the exposed contents.
PS8 The TWNA Center for Excellence: From Leadership Cultivation, Evidence-based Practice to Policy Implementation
This session will introduce the function of the Taiwan Nurses Association’s Center for Excellence (CE) and how its three sub-committees of Leadership Program Group, Knowledge Translation Group, and Innovative Nursing Research and Policy Group work together to accomplish the CE missions, including helping cross-border leadership programmes for future nurse leaders, leading the development of top-down approach of evidence-based healthcare and strengthening the public-private partnership for better nursing related policy and to support the development of TWNA at large. The objective is to collect constructive suggestions for strengthening the function of TWNA CE; and increase exchange and interaction among NNAs and the interests to help advance the development of regional or global nursing profession.
PS9 Accessing quality anesthetic care when needed
Five billion people lack access to surgical and anesthesia care when needed. As a result, over 17 million preventable deaths occur each year, and 28–32% of the global burden of disease can be attributed to surgically treatable conditions. There is an imperative to provide access to safe, timely and affordable surgical and anesthetic services as part of UHC to achieve equity in global health systems. This symposium, attendees will provide a global perspective of Nurse Anesthetists, describing their roles and responsibilities and the changes to the role as a result of COVID.
PS10 The invisibility of nurses in health news media: research-informed strategic communications for national nursing associations
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role of nurses in preventing the spread of the virus and providing care to those infected. Anecdotal observations suggest that nurses have been used more often in health news stories since the pandemic began, but these stories often focus on the emotional component of caring for patients with COVID-19, rather than nurses as experts on preventing COVID-19, public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus, and evidence-based care of patients with COVID-19. This symposium will address how national nursing associations (NNAs) can seize the moment of nurses’ heightened visibility during the pandemic and develop a strategic communications plan to ensure that nurses are viewed as experts on health and healthcare after the pandemic subsides. It will include reports on nurses’ representation in news media before and during the pandemic in the United States, Spain, Chile and Portugal; what is known about the role of NNAs in media’s use of nurses as sources; and key strategies that NNAs can develop to enhance their members’ visibility. It will conclude with a discussion of forming a NNA Learning Community on Strategic Communications.
PS11 Transforming Nursing Education through Leadership
Ghana has three entry levels of training: certificate ((auxiliary), diploma and degree. However, data from government payroll of March 2021 revealed that there are about three times as many certificate (47,539) and diploma (45,063) holders than degree (15,111) holders. How do we enhance the contribution of nursing and midwifery to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage and at the same time position our professions to attain a massive acceleration of nursing education, create new jobs and strengthen leadership? The symposium will highlight nursing and midwifery education in Ghana and the urgent need to change the module of training for nurses and midwives to address the gaps that exist. The objective is to draw attention to the need to focus on diploma and degree as entry levels while building the capacity of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives to train more specialist nurses.
PS12 From vulnerability to empowerment: the role of nurses in changing the reality of violence against healthcare
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the level of violence in healthcare continues to be alarming. According to the Safeguarding Healthcare in Conflict Coalition, more than 1000 attacks and threats against health workers, facilities and transport were recorded around the world in 2020. Strategies to prevent violence in healthcare focus on illuminating the issue and addressing it from the perpetrators’ perspective, but it is important to also emphasize the powerful role of nurses, and other healthcare workers, in preserving and protecting healthcare. This symposium will address these initiatives, engage nurses in this discussion, and highlight the unique voice, leadership and advocacy role of nurses, especially how such voices can be amplified and empowered in promoting protection of healthcare from the community to the policymaker and national level.
PS14 Leadership Development in Action: ICN’s Leadership For Change And Global Nursing Leadership Institute Programmes
The World Health Assembly’s newly approved Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery, 2021-2025, calls for “strengthening nursing and midwifery leadership throughout health and academic systems.” ICN has been in the forefront of advance nursing leadership and health worldwide through two programmes: Leadership For Change (LFC) that aims to prepare nurses with the leadership skills that are required to implement organisational change for the purpose of improving nursing practice and achieving better health outcomes; and the Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI), a strategic policy leadership programme that focuses on strengthening nurse leaders’ political and policy understanding and influence. The Programme Directors will present the aims of each programme, approaches, outcomes and changes wrought by the pandemic. Former participants in each programme will share their experiences and the impact on themselves, nursing and health. Funding and guidance on applying for these programmes are discussed. The session concludes with a discussion on how these programmes might augment nursing leadership development in-country, regionally and globally.
PS15 Nursing leadership in healthcare financing
Nurse leaders work in a broad spectrum of healthcare and their roles are no longer limited to performing individual tasks and overseeing the nursing section of healthcare organisations and hospitals. Nurses are highly skilled in health management and their understanding of patient safety and quality of care provide them insights into the implications for finance and the better value for public health investments. The experience and vision of nurse leaders should be best aligned with financial management in driving value and reducing costs in the healthcare system. However, financial management skills are often inadequate in the traditional management training of nurse leaders and insufficient to respond to the increasing demand in healthcare. The symposium will highlight the need to improve nurse leaders’ competency and training in financial management. It will also provide an insight into nursing leadership in health financing and explore the role of nurse leaders in building a resilient and responsive health system through effective financing.
Our industry partners will have 60-minute slots to connect with you and share their latest research and developments.
Regional Session Eastern Mediterranean
Date and Time: 2 November 2021: 12:00-13:30 CET
Nursing practice across the EMRO region has evolved during the previous decades to transform the nursing profession into one of the most important pillars of the healthcare system. This regional session will present nurses as leading the way for safe, effective, efficient and patient centred care, guided by innovation. It will highlight the challenges faced by nurses in the region and approaches to turn those challenges into opportunities, using evidence-based practice, research and education and led by strong leadership and policy makers through a culturally diversified and spiritually sensitive environment. The session will shed light on the progress of the nursing profession in different countries in the region, and outline recent policies and regulations and how they helped empower the nursing profession and improve healthcare across the region.
Regional Session Europe
Date and Time: 2 November 2021; 14:30-16:00 CET
The global COVID-19 pandemic has challenged nurse leaders across all levels of service delivery. Along with ongoing priorities of providing high quality, patient centred, cost-effective and safe care, nurse leaders are also committed to creating environments that support excellence in patient and family experience. This session will provide an examination and exemplars of how nurse leaders across the European Region have been actively involved in decision-making, adapted to novel situations and issues, ensured reliable and safe delivery of care and engaged patients, families and the nursing workforce to create excellent experiences of care during the pandemic. The session will discuss ways to make nursing leadership visible at all levels and how it will change into the future.
Regional Session Africa
Date and Time: 3 November 2021; 11:35-13:05 CET
The State of the World’s Nursing report showed a global stock of almost 28 million nursing personnel, comprising both the public and private sectors, but this figure masks deep variations within and across regions. The Americas Region, for example, has almost 10 times more nurses than the African Region, with 83.4 and 8.7 nurses per 10 000 population, respectively. Nurse shortage in Africa derives from many causes, including past investment shortfalls in pre-service training, international migration, career changes, premature retirement, morbidity and premature mortality. To attain healthcare for all and to strengthen health systems in the African Region, the current nursing workforce would need to be scaled up substantially. This session will look at the key issues related to the development of the nursing workforce, building competencies for nurses, and the necessary steps to optimise the nursing workforce to meet population health needs.
Regional Session Americas
Date and Time: 3 November 2021; 16:45-18:15 CET
It is human to yearn for a return to “normal.” Yet sometimes following any disruptive event, a return to normal becomes impossible. What typically emerges from these events is a new normal that is based on what we have learned from that disruption. Today, perhaps more than ever, healthcare is a key item on the global agenda. Government policy makers, health professionals, scientists, industrial and civic leaders, patient advocates, and private citizens across the social spectrum are focusing on how best to obtain a high-quality health system that is efficient and affordable in its operation and that functions well for everyone. This session will look at the key issues and the possibilities of creating a better health system to care for the needs of all peoples.
Regional Session Western Pacific
Date and Time: 4 November 2021; 07:15-08:45 CET
The Western Pacific Region is home to one quarter of the world’s population. Countries in the region reflect a range of cultural, social, religious and political diversity. Despite this diversity, the region is experiencing some common epidemiological, socioeconomic and demographic trends. These include population ageing and mobility, rapid urbanization, persistent inequities despite rapid economic growth, infectious disease control, the rise of noncommunicable diseases and increased environmental threats. The evolving nature of the challenges requires new ways of working. This session will examine the essential role of nurses and how they are working to address critical health challenges in the Western Pacific.
Regional Session South-East Asia
Date and Time: 4 November 2021; 11:00-12:30 CET
Strengthening health workforce and building robust health systems are key priorities in the South-East Asia Region which is prone to natural disasters, disease outbreaks and health risks of climate change. Nurses are the backbone of health systems and have a crucial role in strengthening emergency preparedness and public health for sustainable development. Nurses are also central to quality health services for all, preventing illness, promoting health throughout the life-course, caring for mothers, newborns and children, providing life-saving immunisations, health advice, and caring for the elderly. Efforts must be redoubled to ensure the nursing workforce has the strength, skills and support to meet all people’s health needs. This session will look at the key issues related to the development of the nursing workforce, building nursing competencies and creating a better health system to care for the needs of all peoples.
The Student Assembly will take place virtually on 23 October and will be offered in two time zones. This interactive meeting will bring together students from around the world to: discuss key priorities for nursing students, early career nurses and youth; explore how to support and enhance the student and youth voice and influence and in the development of future leaders in policy and practice; and network and share experiences and information.
The Student Assembly is open to students at all education levels and recent graduates. Register now!
In addition, Student Assembly participants will receive the early bird student fee for ICN Congress!
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Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish, for selected Congress sessions. More information will be provided closer to the event.
ICN will award International Continuing Education Credits (ICNECs) for eligible sessions. More information will be provided closer to the event.