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Previous RCN research conferences

The RCN is committed to growing the nursing knowledge base by proactively collecting, storing and preserving physical and digital content.

The annual international nursing research conference has been a longstanding event on the RCN calendar, aiming to:

  • bring together researchers from diverse clinical and academic settings from around the world to participate in critical debate
  • promote and advance a body of knowledge with relevance to nursing
  • facilitate sharing and collaboration between health care researchers

This webpage is a repository of programmes and book of abstracts from previous research conferences. Where available, we also provide a link to keynote videos.

RCN 2017 annual international nursing research conference

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RCN 2016 annual international nursing research conference

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20 - 22 April 2015, Nottingham, England, UK

2014 research

2 - 4 April 2014, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 


20 - 22 March 2013, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

2013 research


23 - 25 April 2012, London, England, UK

2012 research

2011 research

16 - 18 May 2011, Harrogate, England, UK

2010 research

11 - 13 May 2010, Newcastle Gateshead, England, UK 


24 - 27 March 2009, Cardiff, Wales, UK

  • Nursing excellence through evidence
    Mr David C Benton, International Council of Nurses, Switzerland
  • Looking back, moving forward: pursuing the science of nursing interventions
    Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, University of Southampton, England, UK
  • Nursing research in the trenches: continuity during transitions for individuals with chronic conditions
    Professor Margaret B Harrison, Queen's University, Canada

2009 research


8 - 11 April 2008, Liverpool, England, UK

  • 'Dancing with Stones': transformational practice development and research and the potential for human flourishing
    Professor Brendan McCormack, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Working with consumers to undertake health research: progress, problems and possibilities
    Professor Ruth Northway, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK
  • Better data, better decisions: the power of information
    Andrea Baumann, McMaster University, Canada
  • Unidentified title
    Peter Mansell, National Patient Safety Agency, London, UK


1 - 4 May 2007, Dundee, Scotland, UK

  • Educating nurses
    Professor Patricia E Benner, University of California, USA
  • Is caring a lost art in nursing?
    Professor Juliet Corbin, San Jose State University, USA
  • Work stress, staff well-being and patient safety: models and mechanisms in the healthcare setting
    Dr Martyn Jones, Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • Disability as behaviour: using psychological theory to explain activity limitations in stroke and osteoarthritis
    Professor Marie Johnston, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
  • A history of nursing knowledge
    Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty, King's College London, England, UK

2006 research

21 - 24 March 2006, York, England, UK 

2005 research

8 - 11 March 2005, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

2004 research

21 - 24 March 2004, Cambridge, England, UK

2003 research

10 - 12 April 2003, Manchester, England, UK

2002 research

7 - 10 April 2002, Exeter, England, UK