In November the School hosted a prestigious two-day national conference showcasing nursing research. A national collaboration between nine of Scotland’s nursing universities, the Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER) Conference brought together 130 delegates from nursing education and practice.
The conference featured keynote speakers, Professor Brendan McCormack from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College, London. In a first for this national conference, Professor Rafferty delivered the Inaugural ENTER International lecture entitled: ‘Educating nurses for patient benefit’ via live web stream to a world wide audience of over 100 participants.
Conference Chair, Dr Colin Macduff said: “Feedback on the ENTER Conference was very positive indeed. It was great to bring educators and clinicians together in the very conducive surroundings of Riverside East. At a time when nursing has been under particular pressure, it was important to assert again the value of educating for person-centred care. In particular, Professor Rafferty and colleagues’ international research involving almost half a million patients 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.”