Next year’s IND theme announced

November 1, 2020

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has announced the theme for International Nurses Day (IND) 2021.

IND logo - Nurses: A Voice to LeadFollowing on from previous years, the overarching theme for IND is Nurses: A Voice to Lead. The sub-theme for 2021 is A Vision for Future Healthcare.


“This global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan,” said ICN president Annette Kennedy. “While there has been significant disruption to health care, there has also been significant innovation that has improved access to care. In 2021, we will focus on the changes to, and innovations in, nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of health care.”


ICN chief executive Howard Catton added, “The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our health systems and the enormous pressures our nurses are working under, as well as shining a light on their incredible commitment and courage. What the pandemic has also done is given us the opportunity to call for a reset and the opportunity to explore new models of care where nurses are at the centre of our health systems. We can only achieve this vision of future health care by generating new policies that pave the way for this sea-change and that is another key area IND2021 will seek to focus on.”

Nurses are invited to share their stories in the form of a case study to be a part of IND2021. Submissions and any questions should be sent to [email protected]. Previous case studies and IND resources can be found on the ICN Voice to Lead website.