Scientific Programme

Programme Overview

Spread over three days, the International Council of Nurses 2021 Congress was the largest gathering of nurses from across the world in 2021. ICN 2021 was a fully virtual event where delegates actively participated and networked. This highly interactive meeting provided a vast array of content which included plenary, main and concurrent sessions, e-poster displays, symposia and policy cafés. Using the theme “Nursing Around the World”, we passed the nursing baton across different regions in a series of live and interactive events over a 72-hour period. The Congress programme was packed full of the latest research, trends and priorities in nursing and  looked ahead to the future of healthcare and a post-COVID-19 world. Multidisciplinary plenary sessions and symposiums catered to an international audience and brought together nurses from all regions.

All content from the ICN 2021 Congress is available to watch and rewatch until 3 May 2022.



Scientific Programme


HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein

HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein+

Her Royal Highness is the WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Michelle Bachelet Jeria

Michelle Bachelet Jeria+

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; former President of Chile

Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-Moon+

Mr Ban Ki-Moon is former Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016)

Helen Clark

Helen Clark+

Rt Hon. Helen Clark is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Dr. Roopa Dhatt

Dr. Roopa Dhatt+

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health

Annette Kennedy

Annette Kennedy+

President, International Council of Nurses

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo+

Western Cape Minister of Health, South Africa

Professor John-Arne Røttingen

Professor John-Arne Røttingen+

Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder+

Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus +

WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States in May 2017

Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood+

Ms Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and United States Congresswoman

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove+

COVID-19 Technical Lead, World Health Organization

Peggy Vidot

Peggy Vidot+

Ms Peggy Vidot is a registered nurse and midwife and the Minister of Health of Seychelles

Aysha Al Mahri

Aysha Al Mahri

President of the Emirates Nursing Association, United Arab Emirates.

Gillian Berry

Gillian Berry

Founder and Director of PerCen Technologies, Ireland

Dr Mark Britnell

Dr Mark Britnell+

Vice Chair and Global Health expert, KPMG UK

Professor Mary Chiarella

Professor Mary Chiarella+

Professor Emerita, Susan Wakil School of Nursing, University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Fariba Al-Darazi

Dr Fariba Al-Darazi

Former Coordinator, Health Workforce Development and Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr Christophe Debout

Dr Christophe Debout

Nurse anesthetist programme director, IFITS, France Nurse scientist, Health Chair, ScPoParis/IDM UMR 1145 Vice President of the Academy of Nursing science

Karen Dolva

Karen Dolva+

CEO and co-founder of No Isolation

Dr Nuhad Yazbik Dumit

Dr Nuhad Yazbik Dumit

Associate professor, Hariri School of Nursing, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Dr Rozina Karmaliani

Dr Rozina Karmaliani

Professor and Dean, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

Dr Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

Dr Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Officer, Ministry of Health, British Columbia, Canada and Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing

Professor Leticia San Martín-Rodriguez

Professor Leticia San Martín-Rodriguez

Professor, Public University of Navarra, Spain

Lill Sverresdatter Larsen

Lill Sverresdatter Larsen+

President of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation, Norway

Dr Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani

Dr Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani

Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.

Dr José Luis Cobos Serrano

Dr José Luis Cobos Serrano

Vice President III, General Council of Nursing, Spain

Ali Juma Alajme

Ali Juma Alajme+

Director of Digital Health Department, in Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE

Amanda McClelland

Amanda McClelland+

Senior Vice President, Prevent Epidemics Unit, Resolve to Save Lives

Dr Amanda Ullman

Dr Amanda Ullman+

Professor, Paediatric Nursing, Children’s Health Queensland, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Carey McCarthy

Dr Carey McCarthy+

Technical Officer, Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization

Catherine Kane

Catherine Kane+

Technical Officer, Health Workforce team, World Health Organization

Dr Cheryl B. Jones

Dr Cheryl B. Jones+

Sarah Frances Russel Distinguished Professor of Nursing; Director, Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing innovation, University of North Carolina, USA

Cristina García-Vivar

Cristina García-Vivar+

Senior Associate Professor and Associate Director, Department of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, Spain

David Stewart

David Stewart+

Associate Director (consultant), Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses

Dr. Diana Mason

Dr. Diana Mason+

Senior Policy Service Professor, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing

Edith Roth Gjevjon

Edith Roth Gjevjon+

Head of Institute, Lovisenberg Diaconal University College (LDUC)

Erica Burton

Erica Burton+

Senior Advisor (consultant), Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses

Dr Fatima Ali-Rifai

Dr Fatima Ali-Rifai+

ICN Board Member

Francesca Colombo

Francesca Colombo+

Head, Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Dr. Gladys Honein-AbouHaidar

Dr. Gladys Honein-AbouHaidar+

Assistant Professor, Hariri School of Nursing, American University of Beirut

Hoi Shan Fokeladeh

Hoi Shan Fokeladeh+

Policy Advisor, Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses

Howard Catton

Howard Catton+

CEO, International Council of Nurses

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt+

Conservative Member of UK Parliament for South West Surrey

Jeroen Peters

Jeroen Peters+

Programme Director, Master Advanced Nursing Practice, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Dr Jill Clendon

Dr Jill Clendon+

Adjunct Professor, Victoria University of Wellington; Associate Director of Nursing and Operations Manager for Ambulatory Care, Nelson Marlborough Health, New Zealand.

Dr James Campbell

Dr James Campbell+

Director, Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization

Joe Tye

Joe Tye+

CEO & Head Coach, Values Coach Inc.; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Dr Karen Bjøro

Dr Karen Bjøro+

ICN Board Member

Kim Ryan

Kim Ryan +

Mental health nursing consultant

Lawrence O. Gostin

Lawrence O. Gostin+

Faculty Director, World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law

Dr Madeline A. Naegle

Dr Madeline A. Naegle+

Professor Emerita, Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Dr María Cristina Cometto

Dr María Cristina Cometto+

Professor of Nursing, National University of Cordoba, Argentina

Professor Mashudu Maselesele

Professor Mashudu Maselesele+

Mthatha Campus Rector, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

Dr Michelle Acorn

Dr Michelle Acorn+

Chief Nurse, Nursing and Programmes, International Council of Nurses

Dr Nicholas Carleton

Dr Nicholas Carleton+

Scientific Director, Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment

Ntombifikile Mttshali

Ntombifikile Mttshali+

Director, University of KwaZulu-Natal World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Pamela Cipriano

Dr Pamela Cipriano+

President-elect, International Council of Nurses

Professor Parveen Ali

Professor Parveen Ali+

Editor in Chief, International Nursing Review

Dr Patsy Yates

Dr Patsy Yates+

President, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

Romnick B. Aguilar

Romnick B. Aguilar+

Acting Chief Nursing Officer and Infection Prevention and Control Officer, San Pedro Jose L. Amante Emergency Hospital, Philippines.

Dr Safa Al Mustafa

Dr Safa Al Mustafa+

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and Al Rahba hospitals, UAE

Dr. Salem Said Al Touby

Dr. Salem Said Al Touby+

Associate Professor and Dean, College of Pharmacy and Nursing, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman

Dr Shoshy Goldberg

Dr Shoshy Goldberg+

Director, Nursing Division; National Head Nurse; senior member, management team, Israeli Ministry of Health

Simon Hlungwani

Simon Hlungwani+

President, Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (DENOSA)

Susan Poirier

Susan Poirier+

Administrator, Dundas Manor Long Term Care Home, Canada

Dr. Tarek Fathey

Dr. Tarek Fathey+

Group Chief Executive Officer at SEHA

Dr. Tejal Gandhi

Dr. Tejal Gandhi+

Chief Safety and Transformation Officer, Press Ganey

Dr Walter De Caro

Dr Walter De Caro+

President, CNAI Italian Nurses Association

Prof. Yanhong Guo

Prof. Yanhong Guo+

Director, Medical Administration, Bureau of National Health Commission, China

Session Types

Plenary Sessions
Main Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
Partner Symposia
Sponsored Symposia
Regional Sessions


ICN would like to thank all the nurses around the world who dedicated their time to submit an abstract in this challenging time.

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

Click here to see the full list of reviewers

We very much appreciate the great work of all of the experts involved in the abstract reviews.

Student Assembly

Student Assembly

The Student Assembly brought 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.



Interpretation is  available in English, French and Spanish, for selected Congress sessions.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits

ICN awards International Continuing Education Credits (ICNECs) for eligible sessions.