International Nursing Organizations

International Nursing Organizations 

There are many international nursing organizations that cater to the needs of nurses all over the world. These organizations provide a host of educational resources and also host webinars, events, and more, helping to advance the nursing profession and ensure that patients get better care while hospitals, clinics, and outpatient facilities operate more efficiently.

We have listed many of these international nursing organizations below, along with contact details, addresses, and information on what they offer and how you can join.

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools 

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  • Contact: +1 (215) 222 – 8454 
  • Address: 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 USA 

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) describes itself as the largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing profession. It was founded back in 1977 and targets its services toward foreign students and nurses who wish to enter US schools and healthcare professions.

The CGFNS has provided support to over 3 million healthcare professionals from 189 countries during its 44+ years of service.

Some of the services provided by the CGFNS include:

  • Evaluation reports provided to universities, employers, and regulatory agencies
  • Certifications to help nurses develop professionally
  • Verification of academic credentials
  • Research into migration and mobility
  • Support for individuals in the nursing profession
  • Document storage and delivery solutions

Visit the website’s “services” section to learn more about these professional solutions and to arrange for evaluation, verification, certification, and more.

International Council of Nurses (ICN)

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  • Contact: +41 22 908 01 00 
  • Address: Conseil International des Infirmières 3, place Jean Marteau 1201 Genève 

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) represents over 27 million nurses all over the world. It is a federation of national associations that was first founded in 1899 and it is constantly expanding its reach. 

ICN works closely with international agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank to advance the causes of nurses worldwide.

ICN is a valuable source of information and education resources for healthcare professionals. Some of its campaigns include:

  • International Nurses Day: Every International Nurses Day (May 12), ICN distributes resources to increase awareness for the work performed by nurses worldwide.
  • Health Care in Danger: ICN works with HCiD, a project that is led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the aim of improving access to healthcare in conflict-ridden regions.
  • Fight the Fakes: A campaign that fights against the increase in counterfeit medicines and promotes education and the use of detection systems.
  • Women’s Deliver for Good: A global campaign that promotes investments in female progress.
  • Global Coalition on Circulatory Health: Advocates for better cardiovascular health and pushes for immediate action concerning the treatment of strokes and heart disease, a problem that is growing all over the world.
  • DAISY Foundation: Creates recognition programs to further the nursing profession and ensure that these hardworking professionals get the respect and recognition that they deserve.
  • Childhood and Early Parenting Principles: CEPPs is a global initiative that promotes childhood development at all levels, advocating for better partnerships between the private sector, civil society, and the government at both local and national levels.

In addition to all of the above, the ICN also sponsors awards (including the Health and Human Rights Award and the Florence Nightingale International Federation Achievement Award) and runs a number of projects and campaigns.

International Association for Human Caring 

The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) was founded in 1989 (it formed under another name back in 1978) and has existed as a caring and supportive environment for healthcare professionals ever since. It embraces members from all backgrounds, cultures, and professional disciplines and hosts regular events and talks.

The ultimate aim of the IAHC is to advance human caring through research, advocacy, and support. Its members primarily work in the healthcare sector and include nursing leaders, scholars, administrators, clinical nurses, bedside nurses, and student nurses.

International Association of Forensic Nurses 

The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) supports forensic nurses in 26 countries around the world. It provides certifications and education and hosts events throughout its many local chapters.

There are several membership packages available at the IAFN. The most complete option is the Regular Member, which costs $129 per year for registered nurses or $1,600 for a lifetime membership. Alternatively, you can join as an Associate Member ($109), Student Member ($70), Retired Member ($60), or an Event Attendee, the latter of which is basically a free non-member package.

Membership packages are dependent on your profession and will also dictate what resources are available to you. 

International Association of Nurse Anesthetists 

The International Association of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) was founded in 1989 and currently has 43 country members, including the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Greece, Poland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, and Norway.

Its goal is to give nurse anesthetists a voice and support their work through education and advocacy. It helps with the creation of healthcare policy and provides a network of skilled anesthetists to facilitate conversation, corporation, and learning.

International Childbirth Education Association  

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  • Contact: 919.674.4183 
  • Address: 110 Horizon Drive, Ste. 210 Raleigh, NC 27615 

Since its founding in 1960, the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) has opened its doors to all healthcare professionals committed to maternity care. It aims to educate and inform its members on childbirth practices and also offers support and certification. It lists Compassion, Collaboration, and the freedom of Choice as its main core values and provides member benefits such as:

  • ICEA Newsletter
  • Members-Only Facebook Group
  • Access to Editions of the International Journal of Childbirth Education
  • Online Classes
  • Mentor Program
  • ICEA Scholarship Program
  • Discount for Conference Registration
  • Discounts from ICEA Partners

John Hopkins School of Nursing 

The John Hopkins Nursing School opened in 1889 and has been training and supporting nurses ever since. It is a global leader in healthcare education and promises diversity, community, and excellence. 

Nurses can study for several accreditations at John Hopkins Nursing School, including a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

International Nurses Society on Addictions 

Millions of Americans battle with addictions every single day and with the rising opioid epidemic and the increased availability of recreational drugs, the problem seems to be getting worse with each passing year. 

The International Nurses Society on Addictions was founded to combat this rising public health threat by providing information that nurses can use to prevent and treat addiction and substance abuse. Members are given access to the organization’s community and will also be invited to join its eLearning Portal, where they can discover a wealth of information pertaining to addiction and the personal and societal issues that it creates.

International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses 

In 1997, the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) became the first international organization to focus solely on nurses that care for patients with MS. They aim to meet the educational goals of MS nurses all over the world and provide a wealth of resources, mentoring solutions, and networking opportunities to assist with this.

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses 

Following its inauguration in 1999, the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) has provided an outlet for mental health nurses all over the world. It hosts an annual international conference and business meeting and also provides all of the following member benefits:

  • At least 8 free webinars
  • Regional discussion and collaborative groups
  • A newsletter published three times a year
  • A subscription to Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
  • A member-only section
  • Discounts on educational resources and memberships
  • International and national networking opportunities

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care 

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  • Contact: +1.647.323.2152 
  • Address: Suite 700 - 1201 West Pender Street., Vancouver, BC V6E 2V2 

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) was founded in 1984 with the aim of becoming a leader in global cancer care. It hosts resources targeted toward international healthcare workers specializing in cancer care and its resources are available in a host of different languages, including English, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, and German.

International Society of Nurses in Genetics 

Members of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) are given access to the latest guides, resources, and job offers related to the field of genetics. They can also collect discounts on relevant books, as well as ISONG meetings and webinars.

Grants, support, and leadership opportunities are available and there are several membership types, including a Student Membership and a Developing Countries Membership.