RGU to host ENTER Conference for nursing research

Robert Gordon University (RGU) will host a two-day national conference for nursing research next month.

Dr Colin MacduffThe Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference will be held at the university’s Garthdee campus on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14.

A national collaboration between nine of Scotland’s nursing universities, the event is a showcase for educational research and related developments in nursing in Scotland and beyond.

Delegates from the fields of nursing education and practice will be able to participate in seminars, workshops and poster sessions.

Keynote speaker, Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University’s School of Health Sciences will open the conference with his speech: 'Educating for Person-centredness: Creating a positive purpose.'

Fellow keynote speaker, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College, London, will deliver the Inaugural NET International lecture on Friday morning, entitled: ‘Educating nurses for patient benefit.' This will be streamed online to an international audience.

Dr Colin Macduff from RGU's School of Nursing & Midwifery and the university’s Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research (IHWR) has worked with colleagues to organise the event and interest from the nursing community has already been substantial.

He said: “Hosting the ENTER Conference is an honour for RGU and we have an excellent programme with two fantastic keynote speakers to start both days.

“Professor McCormack has been at the forefront of developing and evaluating person-centred approaches for over 15 years.

“Professor Rafferty will report on a recent large multicentre international study which demonstrates a clear association between the number and type of nursing staff and reduced death rates in surgical patients. This work provides some of the strongest evidence yet that well educated nurses working in sufficient numbers foster major positive impact on clinical outcomes.

“Our nursing students, staff, and NHS colleagues work closely together day in day out towards achieving this impact and we will present research from these collaborations at the conference.”

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