Applications for the Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI)™ are now closed


Policy and politics determine the health of populations and the future of the nursing profession. At local, regional, national and international levels, policy and politics profoundly shape the practice of nursing and the environments in which nurses live and work. But their voices are often absent from policy tables. Nurse leaders everywhere need the right professional, political and policy leadership skills to operate effectively in tough policy arenas. The ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI)TMa strategic leadership programme, prepares top nurses from around the world to drive policy that improves the health of people, health care and the nursing profession.

Who should apply?

Leading nurses and midwives who work in:

  • government and civil service (government chief nurse)
  • national nursing regulatory bodies (registrar)
  • international, national or large regional health organisations, including health service providers and nongovernmental organisations (chief executive, director of nursing, senior head of departments and programmes)
  • senior nurse practitioners (leading advanced practice development)
  • professional nursing associations (president, vice-president, chief executive)
  • trade unions with significant nursing membership (president, vice-president, chief executive, head of nursing department)
  • education, research and development (dean, senior professor, director of research department or large programme)


Thirty top nurses from round the world will be selected as GNLI 2020 scholars through a competitive process. Successful applicants from high- and middle-income countries will be expected to find their own source of funding to attend, while bursaries may be available for those from low-income countries. All applicants will be required to demonstrate support from their organisation and/or professional network.

Working with internationally respected facilitators and speakers, and with access to on-line policy resources and tailor-made materials, GNLI scholars will enjoy opportunities to network with ICN and other global health institutions and leaders. They will develop their understanding of making and influencing policy, and enhance their capacity to work for better health outcomes. 


Seize this opportunity to join fellow nursing leaders and influence global and local health policy!



GNLI 2020 Programme Overview

GNLI 2020 comprises three modules completed over six months. It will focus on the nursing role in helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the following three themes:

  • Universal health coverage and health as a human right (Goal 3).
  • The primary health care approach (Goal 3).
  • Gender equality (Goal 5).



Module 1: Induction (15 June – 17 September 2020)

During this module scholars are introduced to their GNLI facilitators and each other. They will assess their policy leadership competencies, set their individual GNLI goals, review their competencies, and identify and work with a mentor. They will also undertake preparatory study and other activities, to be completed by specified deadlines, some requiring submission of assignments.

Module 2: Residential workshop (18-25 September 2020)

This takes place at a conference centre in Geneva, Switzerland. It uses stimulating and supportive action learning methods to increase scholars' confidence and competence in framing issues, analysing policy contexts and processes, and building coalitions in and outside healthcare. It includes discussions of the policy process and its political context, strategies for evidence-based policy change, the role of nurses in leading global policy, and effective communication. In-depth exploration of the work of ICN, the World Health Organization and other global players includes site visits and conversations with leaders. Participants reflect on strategies for policy change in their own countries and discuss regional opportunities for collaboration.


Module 3: Implementation (26 September to 30 November 2020)

In Module 3 scholars will tackle their individual development plans identified during Module 2, continuing their work with in-country mentors. They also will build on the networking opportunities and ongoing relationships with other scholars, including assignments by intercountry teams to address policy issues related to improving population health and developing the nursing profession. The teams will be asked to share the results of their work in the form of articles, videos and social media publications. They may also participate in formative and summative evaluations of each module and the overall programme.

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The ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLITM), a strategic leadership programme, prepares top nurses from around the world to drive policy that improves the health of people, health care and the nursing profession.