Our Aim

There is a world of apathy out there. Every single day there are many things that aren’t right. While you have to pick your battle, it is very important that when you encounter things that aren’t right, you weigh in on them. Leadership is learning how to do that effectively. You won’t be a reasonable leader if you don’t have the instinct to say: ‘This is something I have to put right.
Marla Salmon, Former Chief Nursing Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services

  • For International Nurses Day 2017, ICN has focused its theme on: ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).’
  • This resource is designed by nurses for nurses to celebrate, encourage and inspire action to create a healthier world.
  • The SDGs are relevant to all of us, in our professional and personal lives. Each and everyone of us can make an impact. In this resource, we share your stories; and share your voice to lead.

On behalf of the International Council of Nurses, we would like to wish nurses around the globe a very happy International Nurses Day!This year, ICN has chosen the theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is our aim, through the toolkit, the accompanying website, video and social media campaign, to raise awareness: firstly amongst the nursing profession of what the SDGs are and why they matter; and, secondly, amongst the population, governments and other decision-makers, of the contributions nurses are already making to achieve the SDGs. The kit provides an overview of the SDGs and their links to the nursing profession. More specifically, it provides a host of case studies showing the amazing work that nurses around the world are doing to improve access to health care, to educate populations, to address poverty, nutrition, clean energy, inequality, sustainability, innovation, justice and every other goal in the SDGs. Nurses, as the primary providers of healthcare to all communities in all settings, are key to the achievement of the SDGs. In fact, if investment in the nursing profession is not made by governments and world leaders, we cannot succeed.

The SDGs are relevant to all of us – in our professional lives and our personal lives. Each one of you can and are making an impact. Celebrate your achievements, share your stories, and use your voice to lead.


Judith Shamian
Frances Hughes
Chief Executive Officer