International Council of Nurses launches #NursesforPeace social media campaign

7th Mar 2022

ICN, EFN and EFNNMA demand protection of healthcare and end to hostilities Geneva, Switzerland, 3 March 2022 – The International Council of Nurses (ICN) yesterday hosted a special webinar with European nurse leaders bringing together nursing groups to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Several Ukrainian nurse leaders joined the meeting from the basements of their hospitals. Participants voiced their solidarity and support for the nurses and people of Ukraine in a message of unity from nurses around the world.

Following the meeting, ICN, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) and the European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) issued a joint statement strongly condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the disruption to health services and the attacks on healthcare facilities and innocent civilians. ICN, EFN and EFNNMA are calling for an immediate ceasefire, an end to all hostilities and for the commencement of intensified diplomatic negotiations to secure peace.

Entitled #NursesforPeace – Ukraine and the nursing response, the webinar brought together leaders of the national nursing associations of Ukraine, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, as well as the leaders of ICN, EFN and EFNNMA to share intelligence and decide on actions to safeguard nurses and other healthcare workers, protect facilities and supplies, and ensure access to humanitarian aid.

In addition to the joint statement, ICN has launched a #NursesforPeace social media campaign to join nurses across the world in solidarity with the nurses of Ukraine. Banners, social media tiles and other campaign resources can be downloaded here.


Read the full statement here.


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