Analysis

​EU membership and student bursaries to be debated at RCN congress

Janet Davies expects her first RCN congress as general secretary to be a lively affair, with the debate on the future of student bursaries just one of the hot topics
Janet Davies

RCN congress 2016 is different from previous years for many reasons. It is the first time the event has been held in Glasgow, and this year marks the RCN’s centenary. For Janet Davies, it is her first congress since being appointed RCN general secretary in July 2015.

‘I don’t believe anyone who says they are confident at public speaking,’ says Ms Davies, talking ahead of her first keynote address to members. ‘It is a nerve-racking prospect, particularly because of the numbers at congress. But we are all nurses together and I will be among friends.’

More than 4,000 people are expected to head to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow for the five-day event, starting on 18 June.

Difficult topics

And with an agenda covering everything from safe staffing and domestic violence to agency nurses and abortion, Ms Davies expects plenty of debate. She has

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