Nurses from across the globe dazzle at ICN’s Congress in Montreal

Botswana Nurses at the 2023 ICN Congress

Over 6,000 nurses from 126 countries are meeting in Montreal, Canada, for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress 2023.

Over four-days nurses will network, share their experiences to help advance their practice.

Many nurses who attended the opening ceremony last night, dazzled in nationally themed costume.

A group of excited South Korean nurses showed off their beautiful attire and were thrilled to be photographed for the ANMJ.

Botswana nurses were also eager to pose for the journal. “We are very excited to be here to share and learn from the other nurses,” they chorused.

The ANMJ hardcopy was also made available to the thousands of delegates in attendance. Nurses from all corners of the world took interest in the journal to learn about Australian issues and innovations in healthcare featured.

Nurses from the Bahamas posing with the ANMJ

Nurses from the Bahamas, who posed holding the ANMJ, said they looked forward to reading about nursing in Australia. “It’s very exciting your journal is here and we look forward to giving it a read.”

The theme for the Congress, Nurses Together: A Force for Global Health, was applauded by the thousands of nurses who attended the event’s opening ceremony.

President of the ICN, Dr Pamela Cipriano, said in her opening address, that the might of nurses had recently been demonstrated through the incredible strength and resilience of nurses in the face of disaster not only in the pandemic, but also in natural disasters, conflict zones, and in impoverished communities, as well as those suffering the effects of climate change.

She thanked these nurses for their fortitude in maintaining care in times of adversity.

South Korean nurses

Dr Cipriano also spoke about ICN’s cooperation with the World Health Organization and other leading global organisations, such as the World Bank, agencies of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and many others in maintaining and advancing the conditions for nurses worldwide.

“Working in partnership and collaboration with these key global players is essential for us to continue to safeguard the health and wellbeing of nurses and advance the profession through investment in education, leadership and jobs, and ensuring respect for nurses’ rights.”

The ICN is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, representing 28 million nurses worldwide. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals. The Congress is held every two years and hosted in different countries.

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