University hosts European student nursing conference

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is currently at the heart of European excellence in nursing education, research and cultural exchange as it is hosting the next generation of nurses from across the continent in a prestigious conference this week.

ENNE Student Conference 2012The University has been selected to host the European Network of Nursing in Higher Education (ENNE) 2012 Student Conference running from 29 April – 5 May.

Representing 13 countries from across Europe, ENNE promotes the development of nurse education, professional practice and research. The annual student conference provides the opportunity for the nurses of today and tomorrow to share learning about nurse education and practice in their countries and to work together to develop collaborative patient care plans.

This year a total of 35 students and 17 academic staff from 14 member universities are in attendance. During the course of the six-day conference, student delegates will work in groups to investigate and present upon three pre-selected selected themes:

  • The European Bachelor Level Nurse - A European perspective
  • Patient Case Studies
  • Nursing in My Country (education and profession)

The week’s programme also includes tours of the University’s cutting-edge facilities; visits to NHS Grampian hospitals and community health centres to gain an insight into the healthcare practices in the city; plus a host of cultural and social events such as a ceilidh and tour of Aberdeen’s tourist attractions.

The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony where students will receive certificates of attendance and a select few will receive awards of excellence.

Senior lecturer and International Coordinator for the School, Avril Milne, is a leading force behind the conference. She comments: “We are absolutely delighted to host the ENNE student conference which, at its core, is all about opportunity, collaboration and helping prepare the next generation of nurses for their roles within the global healthcare workforce. This perfectly mirrors the ethos here at the School of Nursing and Midwifery which we are immensely proud to have recognised by the ENNE as a leading provider of nurse education and research.”

ENNE LogoRuud Heijnen, who works at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, is principal coordinator of the ENNE network. He added: “Since its launch in 1997 the programme has grown in strength, with partner organisations taking a direct role in building it by taking it in turn to host and facilitate. Although it’s difficult to get all partners involved, and especially to get sufficient financial support to give every student the opportunity to take part in the program, it’s worth the effort. Year on year, the increase in students’ competencies in international cooperation is always hugely impressive and rewarding. We really appreciate RGU's hospitality and look forward to a successful conference”.

Photo caption: European nursing students stand under a display of all delegate country flags within the Faculty of Health and Social Care. (From left) Joan Duijser (The Netherlands), Saana Niemela (Finland), Mattias Berchtold (Switzerland)

Notes to editor:

Countries represented at the 2012 ENNE Student Conference are: Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Scotland.

Issued by:

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389