The Global Education Development Institute (GEDI) has a long and sustained history with the ICN. From the time that we first engaged with Dr. Tesfamicael Ghebrehiwet to manage registration for 24 nurse executives from the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern European Counties (CEE) to attend the ICN through multiple global conferences, we have developed relationships that are ongoing. At the inception, we worked through the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) to host our representatives, most of whom were from developing countries. The International Council of Nurses is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, representing more than 27 million nurses worldwide.

The ICN’s statement read, “In response to COVID-19 public health issues and travel restrictions, we will no longer hold a physical ICN Congress in June 2021. Instead, we will bring together our National Nurses Associations and their members in an innovative virtual congress format later in the year. Using the theme ‘Nursing Around the World’, we will pass the nursing baton across the different regions in a series of live and interactive events that will give our members the opportunity to showcase their expertise and innovations throughout the world.” 

In the past, we’ve had the privilege of presenting in South Africa, Australia, Copenhagen, and at the Centennial Conference in London.  As directors of the GEDI board of directors, we are delighted to again contribute to the ICN with the following sessions:

  • Re-imaging Global Leadership…Pathway to Change: Sharon M. Weinstein
  • Re-imagining Education…Pathway to Change: Sheila A. Ryan presented by Ann Marie T. Brooks
  • Re-imagining Practice…Pathway to Change: Ann Marie T. Brooks
  • Together we can…improve working conditions and enhance well-being: Collen Marzilli
  • Outcomes Matter – Across the continuum of care…nurses’ experiences during COVID-19: Marianne Hess
  • Appreciating the past, recognizing-valuing the present, and anticipating the future: Nurses as drivers of innovative change post-pandemic: Ann Marie T. Brooks
  • Enhancing clinician well-being: What was, what is, and what’s next: Sharon M. Weinstein

We’re honored to contribute to the learning experience for the virtual community and to be a part of this ongoing tradition of global nursing excellence. Visit https://www.icn.ch/events/icn-congress-2021 to learn more!  We’re proud of our history; we look forward to sharing our pre-recorded content, and to “seeing” so many of you online.