It is our aim, through these resources, to raise awareness: firstly amongst the nursing profession of the importance of viewing health as a human right; and, secondly, amongst the population, governments and other decision-makers, of the reason why investment in the nursing profession is so important. The pdf of the resource document and posters can be downloaded for free or you can order a copy from the ICN eshop. The resource document and website provide a host of case studies showing the amazing work that nurses around the world are doing to improve access to health care, achieve universal health coverage and ensure the right to health. As shown in 2017, nurses, as the primary providers of healthcare to all communities in all settings, are key to the achievement of the SDGs. This year, we show how critical they are to achieving health for all. In fact, if investment in the nursing profession is not made by governments and world leaders, we cannot succeed.

Guidance Pack

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Part One: Health is a Human Right
Part Two: Unpacking the Complexity of Access to Health Care
Part Three: Investment and Economic Growth
Part Four: Policy to Practice–Practice to Policy



Quote Cards


Safeguarding Health During Crises - Ibraheem Abu Siam, RN, CNS at UNHCR (Jordan)

Moving From Issue to Action - Professor Jill White

Quality Care in Times of Conflict and Disaster - Amanda Baumgartner-Henley, Chief Nurse, ICRC

Nurses Are Powerful Agents of Change - Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver

Nurses Will Make an Impact on the Realisation of UHC - Elizabeth Iro, WHO's Chief Nursing Officer

International Nurses Day 2018: Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health is Human Right

How Do You Fundamentally Shift a System? - Professor Marla Salmon:

Nurses as Advocates - Pamela Cipriano, ICN 1st Vice President

Dainius Puras

Importance of Nurses for Communities - Lord Nigel Crisp

The Holistic Role of Nurses - Professor Anne Marie Rafferty

The Critical Role of Nurses - Professor David Wood

International Nurses Day, "Health is a human right" - Professor Thomas Kearns

The Right to Health - Howard Catton

International Nurses Day 2018 - Sridhar Venkatapuram