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Countries across the world are striving to increase the number of graduate nurses, so England’s decision to introduce the nursing associate role caused bewilderment among many at the ICN meeting in Barcelona.
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Countries across the world are striving to increase the number of graduate nurses, so England’s decision to introduce the nursing associate role caused bewilderment among many at the ICN meeting in Barcelona

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) held its biennial meeting in Barcelona in May. I was privileged to be invited as an official observer of the Council of Nurse Representatives, and spent three days learning first-hand how the ICN conducts its business.

Chaired by ICN president Judith Shamian, the meeting was highly professional, democratic, inclusive and respectful, with lively, informative debates on constitutional and policy matters.

Sharing experiences of nursing practice, policy, education and research with members of national nursing associations from around the world – including Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Canada, Denmark and the United States – I truly

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