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Unifying Neonatal Nurses Globally.

The Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc (COINN) is an organisation that represents nurses who specialise in the care of newborn infants and their families or have a special interest in this area of nursing. COINN supports nurses that want to form a local organisation or national organisation, create guidelines for care and professional standards want advice on neonatal nursing issues.


We have contacts worldwide that are ready and willing to help you with your individual queries. Over the past decades, many neonatal nurses and neonatal nurse organisations from around the world have joined COINN including the Neonatal nurses from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) of the United States, the National Neonatal Association (NNA) of the United Kingdom, Australian College of Neonatal Nurses (ACNN), New Zealand Neonatal Nurses College of Aotearoa (NNCA) and the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses (CANN) have worked together to address common care and professional issues. COINN has sponsored 10 international neonatal conferences, with the latest one in Hawaii.

As recognized global leaders in neonatal nursing care we are committed to fostering excellence in neonatal nursing, promoting the development of neonatal nursing as a recognized global specialty, high standards of neonatal care, enhancing quality of care for our patients and families, decreasing health disparities, and improving healthcare outcomes. We would love to hear from you. Please look at our website and see what we have to offer. Feel free to send comments or suggestions to:

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Meet the Board Members & COINN Staff

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Karen Walker, PhD, MN, BAPPSC, RGN, RSCN, MACN

Karen is a Clinical Professor with the University of Sydney and is the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia...



Linda Ng

Linda is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland and a practicing clinician at the NICU, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland Australia.

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Debbie O’Donoghue,

Debbie is the Nurse Manager of the NICU at Christchurch Women’s Hospital New Zealand. She has been working within New Zealand in a senior neonatal nursing role for the past 24 years...

The History

COINN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc) officially incorporated in 2005 to act as the voice for international neonatal nursing and care. It is not an individual membership driven organisation but rather a group that assists in working on global heath policy, advocacy, building capacity, and developing regional networks throughout the world, for nurses who specialise in the care of newborn infants and their families. Some of the nursing associations have become members of COINN thus giving their members access to COINN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc) for education, practice, or research.


COINN is part of the growing international community of nurses that represents a resource for nurses in developing and developed countries that want to form a national or local organisation, create guidelines for care or professional standards or just want advice on neonatal nursing issues.


To date over 60 countries are represented. COINN attempts through its regional networks to link a person with a question to a regional representative in that area of the world. The rationale is that there may be better understanding of culture and health care practices if issues are handled regionally.


COINN has joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) Partnership in Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health and is working with the International Council of Midwives (ICM), FIGO-International Federation of International Gynecology and Obstetrics, International Paediatric Association (IPA) to address issues on a local level that focus on pre-conception through adolescence. The goal is to improve maternal and child health care by using global resources to work locally at country level. COINN also was accepted as an affiliate member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

COINN was established to promote high quality standards of neonatal nursing practice and care and committed to evidence and research-based practice for the benefit of the global public and to: 1) Collect and disseminate information on all matters affecting the above purposes, and exchange such information with members and other bodies having similar purposes. 2) Arrange and provide for, or join in arranging and providing for, the holding of meetings, exhibitions, and conferences internationally-face-to-face or through other media. 3) Provide leadership in neonatal nursing by collaborating with other relevant healthcare associations. 4) Foster the development of neonatal nursing as requested in specific countries i.e. development of a national association and to 5) Write and publish documents that support health care practice, education, and policy as needed.

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To advance Neonatal Nursing and health outcomes for newborns and their families.

Unifying Neonatal Nurses Globally.



COINN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc) represents global unity for neonatal nursing. The Council speaks with one strong voice to facilitate the growth of neonatal nursing and improve healthcare outcomes for our patients and families worldwide. The role of the Council is advocate, policy maker, quality evaluator, collaborator with healthcare, corporate, and lay groups, educator of health professionals, legislators, and lay public, and leader in global neonatal nursing.


We appreciate and support cultural differences and work towards health promotion with the context of cultural norms and values. We value technology as a support of our work but not to the exclusion of the human touch. We believe in the blend of the art and science of nursing to promote neonatal healthcare outcomes. We believe in the holistic aspect of care to incorporate all aspects of health promotion and disease prevention.


We support the development of neonatal nursing on a global level as a recognized specialty that is dedicated to infants and their families. To this end we foster collaboration with existing national neonatal or other nursing organizations that share similar values and beliefs.



C - Connect Neonatal Nurses globally to enable the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources



N - Network with healthcare professionals and organisations to reduce mortality and morbidity



O - Optimise newborn survival and health through advocacy and empowerment



C - Navigate and solve the challenges of caring for the small and sick newborn



I - Impact and promote global policy for newborns, families and neonatal nursing as a profession


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