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NONM Attends Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute Workshop

The National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi – NONM Executive Director Benson Edwinson Phiri has hailed the International Council of Nurses – ICN for the role it plays in building capacity in leadership and policy.

Phiri was among the first International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute Programme (GNPLI) beneficiary.

The one week residential training was conducted in September at the Chateau de Bossey outside Geneva, Switzerland, that saw 27 nurse leaders from 19 countries including Malawi graduating.

A congratulatory statement from ICN to Phiri and fellow scholars says the GNPLI builds on ICN’s impressive legacy of working with senior nurses from around the world to increase their leadership understanding and expertise.

The statement says GNPLI is the successor of the renowned Global Nursing Leadership Institute, which ICN ran from 2009 to 2016.

This new ICN initiative was conceived in response to the changing needs of nurse leaders to support them in their efforts to shape and influence policy to meet growing global health challenges.

The GNPLI aims to enhance the effectiveness of current and future nursing leaders in bringing about policy changes that lead to health improvement, through increasing their political and policy competence.

“The GNPLI 2017 exceeded our highest hopes - 27 committed senior nurses completed the programme with action plans to begin upon their return to their home countries” said Professor Jane Salvage, the GNPLI Programme Director, and Professor Jill White, ICN Associate Director global Education. 

Upon invitation from ICN, Malawi’s Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Robert Salama and family attended the graduation and congratulated the Malawi Scholar, Mr Phiri.

In an interview Phiri said he is geared to implement individual and group action plans discussed during the training.

“I have to deliver on two priority action plans. The first one being an individual assignment which is to work with the nursing and midwifery fraternity, stakeholders, policy makers to develop an exit or phase out strategy of the Nurse Midwife Technician - NMT cadre into Registered Nurse – RN cadre.

“Secondly, I have to work on a group assignment on climate change in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets and fellow scholars in the group include those from Sri Lanka, Chile, Taiwan, Nepal among others”, said Phiri.

The participating countries at the training programme included Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Gambia, Guyana, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Nepal, Norway, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.