RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2022

Nursing research: looking forward...

05 Sep 2022 - 06 Sep

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ER

Nursing research: Looking forward...

Call for abstracts are now open for the RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2022

Submit your abstract

The over-arching theme of this year's conference is: Nursing research: Looking forward…

Conference themes may include, but are not limited to:

• clinical effectiveness and nursing research
• methods that may enhance impact
• evaluating change
• patient experience and the role of research
• health and social care policy research
• the impact of research on nurse-sensitive outcomes.

The conference is open to anyone interested in nursing and research. It will be of interest to nurses, and colleagues in related disciplines, involved in the development and use of knowledge that impacts on nursing practice or the context in which nurses practice.

Words from the Conference Chair, Prof. Daniel Kelly:

"We look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff in 2022 to explore the future possibilities for nursing research. We will be sharing findings from new studies as well as exploring new opportunities that are now available to promote nurse-led research, and strengthen its role in addressing the needs of health systems which continue to face significant demand. 

Everyone is welcome to share their work and their interests and to experience a world class conference in a friendly capital city. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible."

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER

The venue is situated on North Road in Cardiff, a short walk heading north from Cardiff Castle and opposite the Cathays Park civic center.

Car Parking

Parking spaces at the College are restricted to Blue Badge holders only. These spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. These spaces cannot be reserved. There is a pay and display car park immediately next to the College. There is also further parking a short walk away at the civic centre opposite the College.


Cardiff Central Station is 0.9 miles from the RWCMD (19 min walk). 


Preferential rates at nearby hotels will be bookable shortly.

Submit your abstract here


Key diary dates

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Call for abstracts open

Sunday 13 March 2022, Midnight

Call for abstracts close

Monday 14 March 2022

Abstracts allocated to International Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP) for review

Thursday 7 April 2022

Submitters will be notified via the online abstract management system of the outcome of the review

Friday 27 May 2022

Deadline for registering at the discounted presenter rate


Please note.

  1. There will be no call for late breaking research for the conference – 13 March 2022 is the final deadline for submissions.


  2. The discounted presenter rate will apply to the lead presenter and one co-presenter only for Concurrent, Poster and ViPERs and 1 presenter per paper to a maximum of five for Symposium.

Criteria for abstract selection

View the criteria for abstract selection.  

We strongly recommend that you invite a colleague to peer review your abstract against these criteria before you submit your abstract. 

All abstracts must be submitted online through the Abstract Management System (AMS) which can be found here. 

Once you have submitted your abstract, you will receive an email to confirm receipt. If you do not receive this confirmation within 12 hours of submission please email research@rcn.org.uk. 

Types of conference presentation: 

1. Concurrent paper 

A concurrent paper is presented orally. The presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes to present their paper followed by 5 minutes for discussion. 

2. Poster presentation 

Posters are visual displays of material and are particularly suited to the presentation of factual data such as project design or findings. 

A Poster is exhibited for one full day and a poster presenter participates in a facilitated, interactive poster tour. 

Poster submissions should be text only and not include graphs or diagrams. 

3. Visual Presentation with Expert Review (ViPER) 

A ViPER involves the both an oral and a poster presentation. The presenter is allocated a maximum of 10 minutes to present their poster. An expert in the field responds (max. 5 minutes) and then facilitates a discussion (up to 10 minutes). 

4. Symposium 

A symposium is a presentation of between three and five papers with a shared focus. Depending on the number of papers, the duration of a symposium is 60 to 90 minutes and each presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes to present their paper followed by 5 minutes for discussion

Guidance documents

Oral presenters


The community involved in research related to nursing encompasses academics, nurse researchers, government departments, nurses involved in research projects and students in all healthcare settings across the world. Attending this conference provides a quality assured opportunity to improve nursing practice, learn, network and contribute towards meeting the challenges facing the future nursing workforce. 

The benefits of attending include: 

accruing up to 18 hours of continuing professional development - for UK nurses CPD counts towards your revalidation 
hear how research is addressing contemporary nursing issues from leading keynote speakers 
consider colleagues' research, how you can use their findings to inform yours and colleagues' nursing practice 
learn about cutting edge innovation in research methods, policy and management 

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use. 

And find out the top 5 reasons everyone should attend a conference for their professional development read more. 

Is this conference for me? 

It will be of particular interest to all current and aspiring nurses, and colleagues in related disciplines, involved in the development and use of knowledge that impacts on nursing practice or the context in which nurses’ practice.

You can attend this conference as a presenting or as a non-presenting delegate. The conference provides the opportunity to:

Hear from inspirational keynote speakers and researchers on the latest research and how it is impacting on nursing
Share and learn about innovations in research methodology 
Showcase your research and your employer on an international stage 
Engage in supportive and constructive critical debate 
Discuss and debate the impact of research on health and social care policy and nursing practice 
Network with like-minded colleagues – from those starting out in their careers through to distinguished keynote speakers 
Build new alliances and make new contacts 
Judge poster presentations – every vote counts 
Participate in a lively social programme 
Evaluate the event and contribute to future conference developments 
Contribute to your Continuing Professional Development and Revalidation requirements 

Delegates can be confident that papers are reviewed with rigour and the programme is designed to create a high quality forum in which to reflect on work, participate in networking events and discuss innovation in research. 

Here are what some of our 2019 attendees thought:

“The topics were relevant and interesting. There was a mix of both theoretical research subjects and the actual research topics.  Good interactive discussion both within the seminar rooms and during the breaks. There was a general friendly and interactive feel to the event”.

“Provided inspiration and opportunity to collaborate”.

“This was an excellent conference with inspirational keynote speakers and high quality papers/posters.”


Are you engaged in research with relevance to contemporary nursing or social care?

Does your research:

• address current issues in nursing and demonstrate impact
• demonstrate innovative methodology
• debate developments in research methods, 
• demonstrate best practice in research management and research policy

The RCN International Nursing Research Conference is recognised as a leading event for healthcare professionals and academics involved or interested in research relevant to nursing. By submitting and presenting an abstract at the International Nursing Research Conference you will benefit from:

• showcasing your work and your employer on an international platform
• debating the challenges at the heart of future nursing practice
• having your research recognised by your peers and receiving a constructive review
• sharing knowledge and innovation in research methods, management and policy
• the stimulation of sharing innovative methodological papers

You can be confident that papers are reviewed with rigour and the programme designed to create a high quality forum in which to reflect on work, participate in networking events and discuss innovation in research.

Who can present?

If you are passionate about the future of nursing related research, how it can influence the resolution of future nursing challenges or advance nursing practice we want to hear from you!

We welcome national and international submissions from healthcare educators working in the academic, clinical and professional setting. First time or experienced presenters are welcome to submit including Students who wish to pursue a career in nursing education or research.  The conference is open to RCN members and non-members.
Here’s what some of our 2018 presenters thought: 
The RCN research conference is a well-established conference attended by influential leaders in the field making it an ideal place for new and established researchers to present their work.
The event enabled networking opportunities with leaders in the field who I knew by name but had not had the privilege to previously meet as well as the opportunity to spend time with colleagues and hear about the great research going on in my own school, as well as across the UK.  It is definitely, the place to go to meet the leading researchers in nursing and midwifery, hear a range of interesting and stimulating presentations and a safe environment for less experienced researchers to present their work.

Dr Judith Carrier
Reader/Darllenydd, Director Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care

"I wanted to present at the RCN research conference, as I had been working on an idea for a discussion paper, relating to imposter syndrome amongst nurse researchers, and wanted to test my initial thoughts out in an appropriate forum. I've previously presented at the RCN Research Conference  and always found it to be friendly and supportive, so it was the conference of choice for my paper. 
My presentation allowed me to further develop my ideas and discussions with delegates, both during and immediately after my session, was integral to that process. I've since been asked to present the paper elsewhere and I now also have a draft discussion paper that I hope to submit soon for peer review. Furthermore, the conference itself provided excellent networking opportunities and an insight into some fascinating nursing research. 
I would thoroughly recommend the conference to others. The RCN Research Conference is friendly, supportive and has like-minded delegates from all over the world. It provides an excellent platform for novice and experienced nurse researchers to disseminate their work to a wider audience and interact with other nurse researchers."

Paul Gill 
Senior Lecturer (Adult Nursing) at the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University

"I have presented at the RCN International Research Conference almost every year for the past 8 years. The conference provides a diverse audience from the UK and internationally which leads to useful and interesting discussion of papers. Equally this provides the opportunity for effective networking in the informal spaces between sessions. I look forward to meeting up each year with colleagues whom I have met through the conference and having the research-focused space (physical and mental) to have those conversations that spark new collaborative ventures."

Rosie Stenhouse PhD FHEA RMN (she/her)
Lecturer, University of Edinburgh


A unique opportunity for an early career researcher!

The RCN annual international nursing research conference scientific committee is responsible for managing the process of abstract selection and preparing the scientific content of the conference programme. Professor Danny Kelly, Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2022 conference is offering a development opportunity for an early career researcher to join the scientific committee and is now inviting applications. 

To be eligible, you must be:

• A member of the Royal College of Nursing Research Society 
• Currently registered on a doctoral programme 
• Able to review abstracts (between the 14-21 March 2022) - this is an online process and does not involve attendance 
• Able to attend the scientific committee meeting in London (2 days, 29 and 30 March 2022). Travel and overnight accommodation will be provided 
• Able to attend the conference itself (5 – 6 September 2022, Cardiff) 

To apply, you must submit:

a short CV (to include your RCN membership number) 
a statement (200 words) outlining what you would bring to this role. 
a supporting statement from your research supervisor, indicating that your institution will support your attendance at the conference in full (that is, cover your conference fees, travel and accommodation costs), should you be successful. 

Please send your submission, for the attention of Prof Danny Kelly, to research@rcn.org.uk by Sunday 20 February 2022.

See here a testimonial from Rachel King, who was the early career researcher appointed to the scientific committee for the 2019 conference in Sheffield.

“Having just passed my PhD viva, I was delighted to be accepted as the early career researcher (ECR) member of the scientific committee for the 2019 RCN international conference, hosted by my home city of Sheffield. 

After reviewing several abstracts, I was invited to join the committee in London, in April, for a 2 -day planning event. The committee members were incredibly welcoming and taught me a lot about conference planning. 

I felt very privileged to undertake a number of roles at the conference. In addition to presenting my PhD study, I chaired a session, led a poster tour, and organised an ECR networking event at a local pub (a great end to a busy day!). The conference provided fantastic opportunities to develop both organisational and presentation skills, and to meet a range of inspirational academics."



The role of the International Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP) is to review the abstracts that are received.  If you have been a member of the ISAP in any of the previous 3 years, you will automatically be invited to be a member again.

If you have not been an ISAP member before, or within the past three years, and would like to become one, please review the criteria below, and email your expression of interest to research@rcn.org.uk by 13 March 2022.


The conference has a Scientific Committee, which consists of 8 people, who are responsible for managing the process of abstract selection and preparing the professional content of the conference programme. However, with over 350 abstracts usually submitted for consideration each year, it is important to have as many reviewers with a wide range of expertise to consider these abstracts.

Being a member of the International Scientific Advisory Panel does not preclude you from submitting an abstract (you will not be asked to review your own abstract!).


The Scientific Committee look to you, the International Scientific Advisory Panel, for expert advice on the suitability of an abstract for inclusion in the conference. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least 3 different reviewers, and the Scientific Committee will usually go along with the consensus view.  The main aim of peer review is to improve the standards of the scientific content of the conference programme. Be honest and courteous. Reviewers sometimes disagree. In the case of abstracts where reviewers have disagreed, the Scientific Committee will weigh carefully all of the reviewers' comments and make a final decision. Reviewers are invited to judge abstracts against predetermined criteria. There is guidance on the criteria for submitting an abstract, which you are welcome to view; this is the same criteria that you will use as a reviewer to decide whether to accept or reject an abstract.



The following criteria must be met in order to nominate yourself for membership of the ISAP

i) You must have successfully submitted an abstract to an international conference

ii) You must have had an article accepted in a peer review journal

iii) You must be available to review abstracts between 14 - 21 March 2022.



As an ISAP member, you will be acknowledged in the conference programme and on the official conference website in recognition of your contribution.

Reviewers also contribute to the academic development of the profession by providing constructive feedback to the authors.



To allow you to make an informed choice as to whether you will be in a position to complete the reviewing, the following dates have been confirmed.


December 2022 – ISAP reviewer sign up goes live. You will be able to register as an ISAP member right up until the close of abstract submissions.

13 March 2022 – Deadline to register as an ISAP member

14 March 2022 - Abstracts will be allocated to members of the ISAP. You will be requested to review approximately 10-15 abstracts online.

21 March 2022 - The online reviews must then be completed by this date.


In order to ensure that the abstracts you review fall within your sphere of expertise and interest, when you register with the system you will be requested to indicate your areas of expertise using keywords provided. This whole process will be managed electronically.

This conference and exhibition is an unrivalled opportunity for you to connect directly with nurses from across the UK and beyond.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, from networking to raise your profile to tailored commercial packages to help achieve specific objectives. Please contact the exhibitions team on 02076473959 or email exhibitions@rcn.org.uk.


If you have any queries regarding the conference or call for abstract process, please contact the Events Team via:

Email: Research@rcn.org.uk  

Tel: +44 (0)2076473577

If your query relates to a booking please contact the Registration Team directly:

Email:  eventsreg@rcn.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)29 2054 6460


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