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International Council of Nurses congress 2015, a personal retrospective

Christine Walker, editor of Nursing Children and Young People, looks back on the ICN's biennial conference in Seoul

Reporting on the spot at the opening ceremony of this year’s International Council of Nurses’ conference in Seoul, South Korea, was a privilege. To witness all the nationalities from across the globe, gathering together in their sumptuous national costumes often in rapturous delight at being at this vast event was something I won’t forget.

But the ceremony lacked a certain something – any official UK representation. True, there was the now former ICN chief executive David Benton, a Scot, acting as master of ceremonies resplendent in a kilt to make me feel more at home, but for the country that can boast the founder of modern nursing as her own I couldn’t help feeling a little sad. There was no union flag, no national dress – whatever that would be of course - more kilts or Morris dancewear perhaps? Let me leave you in no doubt this

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