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.

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