About CNF

CNF Office Bearers

CNF Biennial Meetings

CNF Constitution April 2011

Nurses and midwives form the majority of health care workers across all health care settings and particularly in the primary health care context. In rural settings and in developing countries the nurse or midwife may be the only local source of health care.

The Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF), founded in 1973, is a federation of national nursing and midwifery associations in Commonwealth countries.

The CNF has regular and constructive contact with major Commonwealth bodies in London including the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation.  The CNF is an accredited Commonwealth body, which allows involvement in annual Health Ministers' meetings, the biennial Commonwealth Peoples Forum held prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and other Commonwealth meetings such as the civil society consultations.

The CNF is managed by an elected Board, which consists of a President, a Vice-President, and a member from each of its six regions. The Federation has two appointed officers - an Executive Secretary and a Treasurer. Board Meetings and General Meetings are held every two years.


The CNF's current Constitution was agreed in 2011. It exists to:

  • influence health policy throughout the Commonwealth,
  • develop nursing networks,
  • enhance nursing education,
  • improve nursing standards and competence, and
  • strengthen nursing leadership.

The CNF makes a constructive and influential contribution to the work of the Commonwealth Steering Committee for Nursing and Midwifery.

The CNF is committed to fostering active participatory membership and collaborating with Commonwealth and international organisations such as the International Council of Nurses, the International Confederation of Midwives and the World Health Organisation.

The CNF’s current work programme includes the following:

  • membership development,
  • conducting in-country projects with national nursing organisations involving capacity building and training,
  • communicating with member organisations through a newsletter and the website,
  • conducting and facilitating research on nursing and midwifery within Commonwealth countries
  • involvement in the work of the Commonwealth Steering Committee for Nursing and Midwifery,
  • participating in the work of the Commonwealth HIV/AIDS Action Group,
  • collaboration with other international nursing and health bodies,
  • participating in and contributing to Commonwealth Health Ministers’ and Heads of Government meetings
  • participating in and contributing to Commonwealth Health Ministers and other Commonwealth meetings,
  • promoting Commonwealth Day.