The International Council of Nurses Congress 2017
Attending the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, from May 27 to June 1 was invigorating. It was my first visit to Spain (the wine was exceptional), and it gave me the opportunity to engage in global nursing discussions with 8,100 attendees. My past assumptions about nursing were once again affirmed; nurses everywhere want the same thing, to provide the best quality care for their patients. Plenary and concurrent sessions as well as posters provided information on a variety of topics and activities, but we were all linked to the conference's theme of Nurses at the forefront transforming care.
Several plenary speakers focused on an aspect of one or more of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Others presented innovative models of care within their country's healthcare system. Creating strategies to recruit, train, and retain an adequate and diverse healthcare workforce was a priority for many countries.