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The Royal College of Nursing has now confirmed that a consultation will be held with members to seek their views on whether the college should re-join the International Council of Nurses.
A survey will run from 30 October until the end of November 2020, before a final decision is made at the 2021 RCN annual general meeting.
The update comes after Nursing Times reported last month that the college was considering a consultation and vote on the issue of ICN membership.
The college withdrew from the ICN, a global network of more than 100 nursing organisations, in 2013 after members voted in favour of leaving amid concerns over membership costs.
But for the past three years the We Are Global Nurses group, made up of RCN members, has been campaigning for the college to sign back up.
Thanks to efforts of the group, the issue was debated at RCN Congress in 2019.
The RCN International Committee and RCN Council have now agreed to consult members to find out “whether views in relation to the ICN have changed”.
Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, RCN president and chair of the RCN International Committee, is also set to host drop-in question and answer sessions regarding the ICN membership offer.
The college stressed it was “crucial” that a decision on the matter was “informed by the views and priorities of members”.
Professor Rafferty said: “As chair of the International Committee I welcome the consultation, which fulfils our undertaking to engage members every step of the way in any decision-making process regarding our re-engagement with the ICN.”
Survey results will be shared with members and used to inform the recommendation to members ahead of a final decision next year.
The ICN has been a leading force in advocating and campaigning on behalf of nurses across the globe throughout the pandemic on issues such as personal protective equipment and abuse against nurses.
Its current chief executive, Howard Catton, was head of policy and international affairs at the RCN for 10 years before taking up a role with the ICN in 2016.