RCN Congress 2018

Thousands of nurses are gathering in Belfast for the annual RCN congress, which takes place between Saturday 12 and Wednesday 16 May.

Expect to see debates on big issues including recruitment, hydration, pay, the use of body cameras at work and encouraging more men into nursing.

Fringe events will also cover diverse topics such as pet therapy, modern slavery and menopause.

Congress is a chance to make your mark. Picture: John Houlihan

Make sure to regularly visit rcni.com/congress-2018 for the latest congress news, features and opinions.


22 May 2018
Nursing studies
Nursing student Victoria Spires reflects on what she learned at RCN congress – including how one person speaking in a debate can influence a whole profession
21 May 2018
Comment
Robots are already being used in some UK healthcare settings, and the trend is set to continue, says the RCN’s e-health lead
18 May 2018
News
Let's look back to start of NHS and do the same for social care, nurse tell congress
17 May 2018
News
Recent figures show a fall in district nursing numbers by 45% since 2010
17 May 2018
News
Members say RCN should demand pay rises be awarded despite collapse of Northern Ireland government
17 May 2018
News
An RCN league of retired nurses could ensure their knowledge is not lost
17 May 2018
News
Body cameras can protect nurses, but may undermine patient dignity, RCN congress hears
16 May 2018
News
Public health expert urges staff to have the flu vaccine
16 May 2018
News
Nursing homes run by small organisations are struggling to continue because they can’t recruit enough staff, a congress fringe meeting hears
16 May 2018
News
RCN resists congress call to lobby for final Brexit referendum: we'll gauge wider opinion first, says leadership
16 May 2018
News
Nurses in care homes and other sectors outside the NHS feel neglected by RCN
16 May 2018
News
Making assumptions about people with learning disabilities harms patient outcomes, congress told
16 May 2018
News
Therapeutic relationships need more than just safe staffing, mental health nurse warns
15 May 2018
News
Decriminalise use of the class B drug for medical purposes, nurses urge
15 May 2018
News
RCN calls for action to protect prison nurses exposed to psychoactive smoke
15 May 2018
News
RCN pledges support after hearing of burnt-out prison nurses' daily encounters with serious mental health issues, drug use, intimidation and abuse
15 May 2018
News
Recognise frailty as a clinical condition that needs to be managed, researchers say
15 May 2018
News
There's much more to congress than debates… as our pictures show...
15 May 2018
News
In a congress debate, members heard that universities were closing programmes and nurses leaving without being replaced
15 May 2018
News
Congress backs call to lobby government to reverse ‘short-sighted’ funding cuts in England
15 May 2018
News
Negotiators felt unable to pressurise government into offering nurses better pay deal because they believed members would not agree to industrial action
15 May 2018
Features
Award-winning novelist and keynote speaker at this year’s RCN congress Christie Watson says nurses are in ‘dire straits’ and in desperate need of support. Her account of a 20-year career in London hospitals captures the terrible, hidden beauty of nursing
15 May 2018
News
Congress gasps as Kenyan nurse recalls how abusive patient questioned her ability
15 May 2018
News
Speakers say they want to promote nursing to everyone, regardless of gender
14 May 2018
News
Child refugees deserve safe haven in the UK, congress speakers say
14 May 2018
News
RCN urged to campaign for more accessible public toilets, as many have closed due to funding cuts
14 May 2018
News
RCN survey of 600 nurses uncovers understaffing, job freezes and inadequate training, with staff forced to turn people away from sexual health clinics
14 May 2018
News
Kenyan nurse Evaline Omondi explained how the fee had affected her family
14 May 2018
News
Dogs should be used more widely in hospitals, says RCN
14 May 2018
News
Transfers of NHS staff to private companies to save costs condemned by congress speakers

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