Congress is truly unmissable

 Zeba Arif 16 Apr 2018 Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care

This year will be my 25th RCN Congress. I first went in 1992 and I still remember the experience vividly. Since then, I’ve only missed one year and it was with a heavy heart!

Nurse Zeba Arif speaking at RCN Congress

Congress is where I first became aware of the professional forums and I would always attend as many forum events as possible. I learnt so much that informed my own work and development through attending forum debates and events. There’s such a wealth of information, expertise and knowledge that you can access.

When I became a forum member – and later Chair of the Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care Forum – I was able to delve even deeper into the possibilities on offer. One of my greatest memories was having our resolution for controlling restraint voted for by members at Congress in 2013. That led to a series of roadshows across the UK and a publication, Positive and Proactive Care, which we launched at the 2016 Congress in Glasgow. 

I would urge any RCN members to attend Congress if they can. It offers such a great way to connect with both the trade union and professional sides of the RCN and you never know what you might learn or what further professional opportunities may come from it. 

Then there are the speakers and debates you get to witness and participate in. Without a doubt, you come away buzzing every single year from all the amazing things you’ve seen, done and heard. 

Find out more and book your place at Congress 2018 in Belfast here.

Zeba Arif speaking at RCN Congress

Zeba Arif

Zeba is a retired nurse who specialised in forensic psychiatry and is former chair of the RCN Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care Forum. She also worked with the RCN as a steward and then regional officer for many years. 

Zeba is still involved in RCN activities as well as in international nursing development, and has been president of the All Pakistan Nurses Association (APNA UK) since 2011. 

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