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The Icelandic Nurses' Association (Félag íslenskra hjúkrunarfræðinga) has approximately 4500 members of which 3600 are active. Membership is open to nurses with full nursing qualification and registered by the Icelandic Ministry of Health.

INA structure

General Meeting
The highest authority concerning the affairs of the Association rests with the General Meeting. A General Meeting shall be held in May every year. The Governing Board shall be comprised of members with full membership: the Association’s President, six board members and two alternates selected from among members with full membership.

INA representative
In each major hospital or other health care institutions at least one employee acts as a representative of the Icelandic Nurses´ Association. Their responsibility is to make sure that members´ rights are upheld.

Professional Sections
Within the Icelandic Nursing Association 24 professional sections operate. They operate to the advancement of nursing in the area concerned and act as advisors to the Governing Board and committees of the Association.

The professional sections operating are for example pediatric nurses, emergency nurses, rehabilitation nurses, psychiatric nurses, critical care nurses, public health nurses, heart nurses, nurse managers, endoscopic nurses and oncology nurses.

Local Sections
The Association also has local sections operating in local areas of Iceland. The local sections operate to the advancement of nursing in their community and act as advisors to the Governing Board and committees of the Association.

The Association has appointed various committees and fund administrations, such as a negotiating committee, ad hoc committees, the science fund board of administration and the vacation fund board of administration.

INA journal
The Association publishes a journal, that includes reviewed scientific articles, clinical article and news.

The INA collaborates with the professional unions of midwives, physicians and nursing assistants on matters concerning the joint interests of their members. This is, however, not on a regular basis, but encourages more wide-ranging discussions on important issues.

International co-operation
The Icelandic Nurses´Association is a member of the Northern Nurses´Federation (SSN), the European Federation of Nurses (EFN), the International Council of Nurses (ICN).


Statutes of the INA

Icelandic Nurses‘ Association Code of Ethics

The core values of nursing are compassion for its clients and respect for their lives, welfare and right to liberty and security of person. The role of the nurse is to promote health, improve conditions and ease suffering. Nurses perform their duties with respect for the individual and without discrimination.