How to Be Part of the Conversation in Nursing with Howard Catton

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Today on the podcast we’re joined by Howard Catton, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Under his leadership, ICN is seeking to maximise the opportunities presented by the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and build on its legacy. He is committed to ensuring that nurses have a seat at the highest level of decision-making for the benefit of the profession and global healthcare.

Howard joined ICN in April 2016 as the Director, Nursing, Policy and Programmes. His team led the development of ICN policy and position statements, working closely with WHO and other International Organisations to provide nursing advice on global health challenges and input into formal WHO and UN decision making meetings and processes. He also co-ordinated ICN Programmes and projects including Leadership development and worked closely with other Non-Government Health Organisations, civil society and private sector organisations. Howard also oversaw the development of scientific programmes for ICN events including its world congresses, held every two years.

In December 2019 the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland appointed Howard as Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. This Fellowship without examination is granted in exceptional circumstances to nurses who have rendered outstanding service to the profession.


Episode Highlights

We start by talking about what brought him to the International Council of Nurses and go on to discuss:

  • His message for nurses during COVID-19
  • How to be part of the conversation in nursing
  • The importance of getting involved in your associations
  • Pushing governments for firmer commitments to support the profession
  • His vision for the global future of the profession


“Don’t be fearful of questioning.”
—Howard Catton

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