Develop and support a vibrant worldwide network of nurses who promote excellence in providing optimal health and well-being to patients living in their homes.
- Sponsor an international conference
- Create a world-wide community of home care nurses
- Enable nurses of diverse cultures to learn from one another
- Develop an e-platform for connection and collaboration
A Short History of the IHCNO
March 2009: The former editor of Home Healthcare Nurse, Tina Marrelli, invited readers to join a group interested in developing an organization to promote excellence in home care. The IHCNO website was launched, which gradually attracted nurses from around the world.
July 2012: A group of 12 nurses from around the United States and as far away as Singapore met together at Case Western Reserve’s School of Nursing to plan an Inaugural Conference for the International Home Care Nurses Organization.
June 2013: Inaugural Conference – The Future of Health Care Is at Home – held at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing June 25 through June 28, 2013. Nurse participants included representatives from 13 countries, including Chile, Costa Rica, India, Jordan, Nepal, Qatar, South Korea, Singapore, Surinam, Thailand, Uganda, United States and Zimbabwe.
Over 30 presentation and poster topics included home health delivery care models in other countries, research in home health nursing, implementing specialty programs (such as mental health, HIV, diabetes, pediatric and palliative care programs), clinical and educational programs and many others. Networking activities and group meetings provided opportunities to envision the future of home-based nursing care and ways to educate nurses for this specialized area of nursing practice.