Opinion

Change the world through networking

Roisin Devlin explains why attending a conference and talking to people can make all the difference in implementing care.
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When you go to a conference you look forward to finding nuggets of brilliance to bring back to your workplace and use to improve practice. With this expectation you scan conference programmes with highlighter poised, casting about for the presentations that will enhance your practice.

But what conference programmes cannot indicate is what you could gain just by talking to people. After all, networking is not always the most popular term with nurses, and some may even regard it as unsavoury.

I, personally, find networking as useful as sitting in a room listening to a presentation.

At the 2nd Global Emergency Nursing and Trauma Care conference in Sitges, Spain, in September, I learned about successful working practices elsewhere simply by speaking to colleagues from around the world. Our department is looking to improve

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