Just one week until Nursing Live: here’s why you should go

Get your free ticket to our celebration of nurses and nursing – Nursing Live is a unique event designed to boost your health and well-being as well as your career

Graphic with details of Nursing Live

The countdown is on, there is just one week to go until the inaugural Nursing Live. Here’s everything the event has to offer you.

The first-of-its-kind event promises to be a two-day celebration of nursing, offering expert talks, clinical demonstrations, more than 100 masterclasses and CPD-accredited learning opportunities for nurses at every stage in their career.

Nursing Live 2024

23 - 24 October 2024, ACC Liverpool

Register for updates about this unique nursing event and make a note in your diary to join us later in the year.

Speakers, meeting fellow nurses – and yoga

Hear from speakers including chief nursing officer for England Ruth May, author Michael Rosen, RCN learning disability nursing lead Jonathan Beebee, RCN chief nurse Nicola Ranger, Queen’s Nursing Institute chief executive Crystal Oldman and many more.

Plus, there are free yoga sessions for those who might need some help relaxing after stressful shifts, well-being sessions, and plenty of opportunities to catch up with colleagues from across the country.

Whatever you are interested in, there is something for you at Nursing Live. The event will be held at ACC Liverpool on 10 and 11 November, and tickets are free for nurses, so get yours now.

Learn more about Nursing Live

Read on to discover just some of what Nursing Live has in store.

Picture: John Houlihan

National uniform – what it means for nurses

Hear Kevin Chidlow and Tracey Cammish of NHS Supply Chain discuss putting nurses and other clinicians at the heart of NHS procurement, during an afternoon session at Nursing Live on 10 November.

Managing stress in the workplace

The NHS sees high levels of nurse sickness due to stress and anxiety.

To help nurses manage stress at work, RCN Nurse of the Year 2022 Alison Bunce will share the self-care tips she has used in her career to cope in a fast-paced environment, as well as deal with exhaustion and fatigue.

The talk starts at 10.05am on 10 November.

Ms Bunce developed a social movement that taps into the kindness of a community where there are high levels of deprivation, which she was recognised for in last year’s RCN Nursing Awards.

RCN Nurse of the Year 2022 Alison Bunce. Picture: Lesley Martin

Michael Rosen’s experience of nurse care

Award-winning author and poet Michael Rosen will tell the Nursing Live audience about his experiences of the NHS and share his admiration for nurses.

Mr Rosen told Nursing Standard he was ‘overwhelmed by the care and knowledge’ of the nurses who looked after him during his 48 days in an intensive care unit in 2020.

‘Doctors and nurses saved my life – probably several times,’ he said. ‘Nurses kept a diary of the time I was in intensive care. I am overwhelmed by the care and knowledge that they brought to bear to make sure I came out alive. I want to express my admiration and gratitude at every opportunity I get.’

NHS England’s wound care strategy – what do you need to know?

Programme director Una Adderley will outline proposals for improving timely care of people with leg and foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and surgical wounds.

New standards on record-keeping and documentation in wound care should be available for use by nurses later in the year.

The standards are part of an ongoing programme of work that aims to improve wound care.

Witness the winners of the RCN Nursing Awards

Also taking place at Nursing Live is the RCN Nursing Awards ceremony, which will be held at Liverpool Cathedral on Friday 10 November.

The awards celebrate incredible contributions to outstanding patient care and cover a range of specialties, including learning disability nursing, child health, cancer nursing, mental health nursing and nursing older people.

The category winners, and the RCN Nurse of the Year 2023, will be announced at the ceremony.

Read more about the finalists

Career development – is it enough to make you stay?

Many nurses report feeling undervalued and overworked. It is a common theme that is leading to retention challenges across the health service.

In a recent RCN employment survey, more than half of nurses said they are so dissatisfied with the job that they are making plans to leave the profession.

Taking a deeper dive into retention issues, Nursing Live will host a session on ‘Developing a toolkit to drive enhanced retention: the role of education and career development’.

Led by NHS England director of culture transformation Ronke Akerele and national director for people Em Wilkinson-Brice, it will be held in Learning Lab 1 on Friday 10 November at 4.05pm.

Nursing students: making the most of your placements and careers

Nursing Live is not just for already qualified nurses, there’s plenty on offer for students too.

Perhaps you want to know the secrets of a successful clinical placement? Or how to manage your finances as a nursing student and look after your mental health and well-being?

Here’s everything on offer for students

Free event: Sign up here for Nursing Live

In other news