ICN announces new Global Nurse Executive Institute
Friday 3 October 2008, Geneva - Alliance member and partner, the International Council of Nurses (ICN), has announced the establishment of a new leadership institute for senior nurse executives from across the world. The Global Nursing Leadership Institute will offer an advanced leadership programme for nurses in senior level and executive positions in developed and developing countries, drawing on the expertise of faculty from UN and intergovernmental agencies, governments, business, recognized management schools and leading health professionals. The programme will be tailored to enhance existing leadership knowledge and skills related to national and global health priorities.
Launched as a partnership between ICN and Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company, the Institute plans its first intake in 2009.
“Within today’s constantly evolving health care landscape, nurse executives require a solid foundation for understanding and addressing key issues pertinent to nursing and health care in the 21st century, “said Judith A. Oulton, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer.”
Paula DeCola, Senior Director of Pfizer's International External Medical Affairs group, and a registered nurse herself, expressed Pfizer’s enthusiasm for this initiative. "Worldwide nurses lead in the delivery of health care, and it is time that we invest in their leadership. Pfizer is proud to support the International Council of Nurses as they develop the Global Nursing Leadership Institute."
ICN has been a pioneer in leadership, management and negotiation skill development for nurses for some 20 years, through highly successful Leadership for Change™ (LFC) and Leadership in Negotiation (LIN) programmes. The Global Nursing Leadership Institute represents the third-arm of ICN’s leadership development strategy. The Institute’s programme will operate in Geneva, Switzerland and will feature five day retreats addressing intensive and cutting-edge global leadership content.
Worldwide, nurses in senior level positions are being challenged by complex and rapidly changing health care environments which in many countries are coupled with ongoing human resource shortages.
Enhancing leadership knowledge and skills in strategic thinking, policy-making, global development, financial management and in building sustainable programmes and partnerships makes a difference in leadership capacity. "New knowledge gained from a global perspective can help nurse leaders to influence changes needed to positively impact health systems, population health, patient outcomes and the nursing profession nationally and globally," ICN said.