International Perspectives

New ICNP® publication focuses on paediatric pain management

A new catalogue devoted to paediatric pain management is available as reference tool to assist nurses in documenting care and reflecting on their practice. The catalogue was developed by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in partnership with the Children's National Medical Center of Washington, D.C.

The International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) is part of the ICN eHealth Programme designed to transform nursing through the application of information and communication technology.

The catalogue presents a dataset developed and validated by nurse experts at the Children's National Medical Center. The dataset is encoded with the ICNP for use in electronic health records. The catalogue reflects the history of nursing leadership and research in paediatric pain, shows how the nursing process guides nursing care, and demonstrates the commitment of nursing to high quality of health care.

ICNP catalogues are useful tools for nurses at the point of care. They allow nurses to more readily integrate ICNP into their practice as they work in a specialty area (such as palliative care or ambulatory cancer care); in a focus area of nursing (such as treatment adherence or pain management); or with clients having specific health conditions or disease processes (such as diabetes or depression). Catalogues do not replace the clinical judgement and decision-making of the nurse, which is essential for individualised care of patients and their families.

The new catalogue was introduced at the American Medical Informatics Association meeting in November 2012. It is available on the ICN eShop: More information on ICNP can be found at

Online registration opens for 2013 ICN Congress in Melbourne, Australia

A global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries will occur at the 25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). The Congress will take place from 18–23 May 2013 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne, Australia.

Members of nursing associations, other health professionals, and members of the public may register online at the ICN Congress website:

The early-bird discount price for registration will end on 14 February 2013. Participants may also register on-line for special events and for an array of professional visits to learn about nursing practice and health care in Australia.

Focused on the theme of Equity and Access to Health Care, the Congress is organized by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) with the support of its member association, the Australian College of Nursing.

Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan will deliver the keynote address. A world-renowned figure in the nursing community, she has taken a special interest in developing nursing and recognizing the significant role nursing plays in the quality and the distribution of health care. She has promoted the provision of quality nursing services through continual advancement of nursing service, practice and education. Her input and support over many years has contributed greatly to Jordan's reputation for quality nursing education. HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein is the mother of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Thousands of nurses and others in the field of health will gather at the Congress to exchange ideas and network. The four-day scientific programme will offer four plenary sessions, including a debate, and 18 main sessions with more than 50 international speakers. Key subjects for plenary and main sessions include gender equity, the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases, the tension between personal and societal responsibility for health, wellness and prevention, the nursing workforce and workplace, ethics/human rights, clinical care and patient safety. Concurrent sessions, symposia and posters will address these issues as well as developments in nursing education, disasters and conflict, care systems and access, eHealth, regulation and the history of nursing.

During the Congress, Anne Marie Rafferty, Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, will present the Fifth Virginia Henderson Memorial Lecture. The lecture honours Virginia Henderson, an American nurse who made an extraordinary contribution to nursing and health. Like Florence Nightingale, she moved nursing forward as a respected profession based on the science and art of caring. The Florence Nightingale International Foundation fundraising luncheon will be held on Tuesday 21 May 2013. The luncheon raises funds for the Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF) established to support the education of girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased on the Congress website (

Established in 1934, the FNIF is ICN's premier foundation. FNIF supports and complements the work and objectives of ICN, including the advancement of nursing education, research and services for the public good. More information about projects supported by the FNIF can be accessed at

The Congress will feature a Student Nurses Assembly and all ICN Networks will meet. Prior to the Congress, the Council of National Representatives (CNR), ICN's governing body, will convene in Melbourne from 16–19 May 2013. Congress participants who are members of ICN member associations will be able to observe global nursing leaders identify the profession's priorities and future directions. The election of ICN's president and new Board members will take place during the CNR.

A commercial and professional exhibition will run concurrently with the Congress. Universities, health ministries, nursing organisations, publishers, pharmaceutical companies and local artisans will showcase their products and services and present the most recent health care information.

The Congress website ( offers the latest information about speakers, the scientific programme and related events and activities.

Nurses lead the way to standard health care data in Poland

Nurses in Poland are working to advance nursing and health care terminologies through their leadership in translation, education and clinical application of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®).


A significant milestone in 2012 was a conference organized by the Polish Ministry of Health National Centre for Health Information Systems (CSIOZ) to further support the interoperability and implementation of electronic medical records.

‘Nurses in Poland are demonstrating leadership for the profession while also ensuring full interdisciplinary collaboration for improved health care delivery’, stated David Benton, ICN Chief Executive Officer. ‘Standard documentation that results in systematic health care data nation-wide supports evidence-based policy development and resource allocation. Such documentation is critical given the challenges in health care today, such as economic uncertainty and an ageing population’.

ICNP, an international standard nursing terminology for use in electronic health records, is part of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) eHealth Programme, designed to transform nursing through the application of information and communication technology. Systematic nursing documentation supports analysis of nursing interventions related to patient outcomes and provides data for decision-making and policy development.

In 2010, the Polish Nurses Association (PNA) and CSIOZ, in collaboration with ICN, organised a conference on ICNP to support interdisciplinary collaboration for translation and education. Unifying ICNP with medical terminologies such as ICD-10 and ICF will improve interoperability of electronic health record documentation. The Polish Ministry of Health supports the efforts of the PNA to establish and implement ICNP.