RCN congress

Preparing for Ramadan at RCN congress

Zeba Arif, chair of the RCN forensic nursing forum and president of the All Pakistan Nurses Association UK, on celebrating Ramadan while attending congress

I was slightly nervous when I realised that Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, takes place during this year’s RCN congress.

Ramadan starts on June 18, and with congress running from June 21-25, I did not relish the idea of waking at 3am to eat (known as Sehri), then spending the daylight hours fasting.

I soon started to relax, however, when I realised that I have been sleep deprived, hungry and thirsty before and survived, usually while short-staffed on a busy ward. Compared with that, congress during Ramadan will be a walk in the park.

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