To promote excellence in neonatal nursing and health outcomes for the infants and families we serve and to act as an international leader in development of professional standards of neonatal nursing.

Core Values

  • Excellence in quality neonatal care, practice, and education
  • Neonatal nursing as a global specialty
  • Family-centered care
  • Culturally sensitive care
  • Respect for differences
  • Compassion
  • Healthy work environments
  • Standards of Care, Practice, and Education


COINN 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.