International Conference

‘Community Nursing Towards Sustainable Health’

Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden – June 21-22, 2022

Call for Abstracts (now extended to the 1st of March 2022)

Hosting the ICCHNR conference for 2022 will be an opportunity for researchers from near and far to present their most recent findings in the field of ‘Community nursing towards sustainable health’.


The International Collaboration for Research (ICCHNR) is proud to be a Nursing Now partner and to celebrate The Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.

The following videos showcase compelling accounts of community nursing research and are a pause for reflection at the end of a project to identify future actions to take forward.

One-Minute Wash-Up’s

‘Exploring the health and wellbeing needs and experiences of people who use and deliver integrated health and social care in the community: a multi-case study’

By Louise Henderson

‘Addressing the Gaps in Health for Children’

By Yvonne Parry

Silence Among Afro Caribbean. Men with Prostate Cancer in Trinidad & Tobago: A Grounded Theory Study

By Dr Michelle King-Okoye, Lecturer University of Edinburgh

The New Dad Study (NEST)

By Dr Sharin Baldwin, Clinical Academic Lead, London North West University NHS Healthcare Trust

The Needs of Older Persons with Early Stage Dementia from their Perspectives: An Ethnographic Study in Northeast Thailand

By Noysipoom, N. Boromarajonani College of Nursing Nopparat Vajira

ICCHNR statement of purpose:

The International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) supports community nurses worldwide through its international network of nurse researchers, international conferences, fund raising activities and scholarships for community health care nursing research in Lower and Middle Income Countries to advance and share knowledge and evidence based practice of community health care nursing.

Dr Shirley Stinson, Order of Canada and life member of ICCHNR

December 10, 1929 – June 4, 2020

It is with sadness that ICCHNR have received the news of the death of Dr Shirley Stinson in June 2020 after a long illness. Shirley had a huge influence on nursing and nursing education and research, and was inspirational in the founding of ICCHNR. She, with her colleague Karen Mills, organised the first ICCHNR conference in Edmonton, Alberta in 1993. Shirley was a life-long friend of Professor Lisbeth Hockey and it was following the event in 1993 that Lisbeth went on to found ICCHNR as a UK charity.
Shirley was a great support throughout her life to ICCHNR and was delighted when the 2011 international symposium was held once again in Edmonton, Alberta.
Shirley was honoured many times but of great importance to Shirley and to nursing was the Order of Canada.
In her memory, ICCHNR will be making a donation to the scholarship fund set up in her name. Her full obituary can be seen here:

Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 Mary McClymont Scholarship awards

ICCHNR is delighted to announce the award of the above scholarships to the following community nursing researchers from across Africa. Congratulations to all the awardees, we look forward to working with you on your projects!

Gillian Akoto Donkor, Ghana

Narratives on Family Dynamics in HIV/AIDS Care: The insider’s Perspectives.

Ellen Nkambule, Malawi

Interventions to Support Self-Management Among Adults Living with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes in Rural Lilongwe, Malawi: A pilot study.

Nomzamo Angeline Buthelezi, South Africa

Proxy-based medicine collection for elderly populations during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

International Nurses’ Day Message, 12 th May 2020

ICCHNR is celebrating 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife through the dedication to research and science that community nurses have shown internationally, making a global difference to community health and wellbeing for all. Public health and community nursing is needed now more than ever as we face a global pandemic, research to provide evidence and data to support practice in the community is vital. The pandemic has put nursing very much in the spotlight and as public health and community nurses you have gone that extra mile to care for families, children, the frail and vulnerable, schools and communities with compassion, commitment, courage and love.

The ICCHNR poem Nursing the World by the acclaimed nurse and poet Molly Case shares the global contribution of community nursing across the world:

Nursing the World

Our plane is almost struck,

bucking through storm-clouds,

a lightning bolt

streaked with thousands of volts

electrifying the sky,

sunrise over Africa –

we marvel the very science

of being able to fly…

On land the earth is dry,

sandstone and dust,

tortuous tunnels of gold below,

the streets aglow,

honeysuckle yellow,

almond light,

cut open cassava roots

white-hot, bright and shining.


We are nursing,

reversing statistics

to which we were once restricted.

Our children living longer

stronger limbed and full bellied:

under the trees,

around the fire

aspiring to be all they can be,

strong hands, stretched fingers,

reaching up, ever-higher.


We are nursing,

Nigeria, community-led,

our babies fed,

our elderly helped to take steps,

no longer spending days lying in bed

able to see once more

reading newspapers that once lay un-read.


From Ghana to Manchester

and back again,

my moon-blood

brings pain just breathing the air,

scared to go to school

because all the children will stare.

And though my sickle cells

cannot be seen

I know the tiredness it brings,

know what pain really means.


We are nursing

mobile clinics

in the market-place in Togo,

and free phone lines

so that

you can call us whenever you need to,

whatever the time.


We are nursing,

all over the world

and though there may not be gold

beneath every street,

I know that where there are nurses

we are rich

beyond our wildest dreams.

Molly Case

There will be many more stories to tell of the everyday actions and extraordinary differences you have made to your communities during these unprecedented times. While we celebrate these stories we also remember, together with the ICN, WHO and Nursing Now, the nurses and health workers lost to the pandemic #RememberHealthHeroes

Happy International Nurses Day to you all ….

State of the World’s Nursing Report – 2020

The State of the world’s nursing 2020 report provides the latest, most up-to-date evidence on and policy options for the global nursing workforce. It also presents a compelling case for considerable – yet feasible – investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership.

Join us at the next ICCHNR international conference in Sweden in 2022!

Community Nursing Towards Sustainable Health


ICCHNR are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Linnaeus University in Sweden in organising our next international community nursing research conference in June 2022.
The conference website is:
Further announcements will be made about abstract submissions and keynote speakers in the near future, please SAVE THE DATES!

Read the Nursing Now! Report in collaboration with ICCHNR

ICCHNR worked closely with Nursing Now in the progression of the research on global nursing leadership. Prof Gina Awoko Higginbottom acted as research consultant and the full report can be obtained by clicking the button below:

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

The Lisbeth Hockey Memorial lecture to be held at Edinburgh University in November 2020 to commemorate the work of our UK founder Dr Lisbeth Hockey in the WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Further details will be announced shortly.

Nursing the world

Molly Case, BA RN was our Poet in Residence for ICCHNR 2017 in South Africa. In joining the conference, taking part in workshops, discussions and social interaction Molly wrote and performed her visionary poem on Nursing the World.

Click here to hear Mollys performance.

Click here to read the words of Nursing the World  in full

Please share and tweet #NursingtheWorld

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Molly Case, BA RN was our Poet in Residence for ICCHNR 2017 in South Africa. In joining the conference, taking part in workshops, discussions and social interaction Molly wrote and performed her visionary poem on Nursing the World.

Click here to hear Mollys performance.

Click here to read the words of Nursing the World  in full

Please share and tweet #NursingtheWorld