As part of the celebration of this year’s International Nurses Day (12th May 2018), with the theme “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right”, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) is inviting nurses from around the world to share their stories. 

Nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems such that no person is left behind, without access to care. More than any other health profession, nurses spend the most time with patients and their families and have firsthand knowledge of the stories that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of patients. They are key to achieving the right to health for everyone; no matter the location, no matter the setting. Ensuring that we have enough nurses and other health care workers is a critical enabler of the human right to health.

But what does the right to health mean and how can it be put into practice? As policy makers grapple with this problem, nurses have an indispensable role to play in answering this question and delivering the standard of care required to achieve it. Nurses can be a voice to lead by supporting a people-cantered approach to care and the health system, and by ensuring their voices are heard in influencing health policy, planning, and provision.

Every nurse has a story and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities
to achieve their highest attainable standard of health. From these insights comes the power for change.

ICN is inviting nurses from around the world to share their stories. The case studies should focus on an outcome related to one or
various Sustainable Development Goals and encourage nurses to compare their own experience to those of others working in the field. The content must be concise and brief so people can quickly absorb the details.

The case studies can be uploaded at the following link:

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