City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB
Conference themes may include, but are not limited to:
Research impact and how to achieve it
Clinical effectiveness and nursing research
The impact of research on nurse-sensitive outcomes
Health and social care policy research
Methods that may enhance impact
Patient experience and the role of research
The conference is open to anyone interested in nursing and research. It will be of particular 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.
Sheffield is located in the centre of the UK and is easily accessible by train, road and air.
Sheffield train station is conveniently located opposite the City campus.
2 hours from London
Coaches stop at Sheffield Interchange, next to our City Campus. Visit the National Express website to see timetables and book tickets
• Doncaster Sheffield Airport
• Manchester Airport
• Leeds-Bradford Airport
• Nottingham East Midlands Airport
We strongly recommend that you invite a colleague to peer review your abstract against these criteria before your submit your abstract.
All abstracts must be submitted online through the Abstract Management System (AMS) which can be found here. You will need to create an account to submit your abstract.
Types of conference presentation
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda H. Aiken
Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN is the Claire Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Aiken conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between health care workforce and patient outcomes in over 30 countries. She is the author of more than 300 scientific papers. She is the recipient of the Lienhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine, the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, and the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the American Academy of Nursing.
Angela is Professor of Older People and Care in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. Her nursing background is in cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation. Angela has many years of experience conducting and applying research into healthcare, as well as posts focusing on research capacity building in nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
Her research has mainly focused on care for adults and older people. The particular research focus is in patient experience studies, especially in areas of public health, health inequalities and health care access. Recent work includes a growing portfolio research in lung cancer, mesothelioma, people with Parkinson’s, neutropenic sepsis, and intermediate care for older people. Angela’s methodologically expertise lies in qualitative research, in stand-alone and mixed method studies.
Professor Hugh P. McKenna
Professor Hugh P. McKenna CBE, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN RCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN
He is Dean of Medical School Development at Ulster University. Prior to this he was PVC Research and Innovation. He has over 250 publications, including 12 books. He was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his work on health and community and is a Fellow of four prestigious organisations. In 2013, he was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Royal College of Nursing and in 2014, he was presented with a lifetime achievement Award at the Institute of Psychiatry. In a 2018 Government report he was named as one of the 70 most influential nurses in the 70 year history of the NHS. Currently, he is an Adjunct/Visiting Professor in universities in Slovenia and Australia. In 2014, he chaired the UK Research Excellence Framework panel for Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health Professions, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery. He chairs the same panel for REF 2021 and i9s a member of the REF2021 Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel and the Metrics panel. He also chairs a clinical health research quality panel for the Swedish Research Council and panels for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation. He is chair of Inspire Wellbeing, the largest mental health, learning disability and addiction charity on the island of Ireland. Recently he received an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University.
Is this conference for me?
This conference 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.
2018 conference highlights
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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 world leading nursing research event. The conference is open to anyone interested in nursing and research. It will be of particular 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. Present at the International Nursing Research Conference and 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.
Here’s what some of our 2018 presenters thought:
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.
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
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
RCN member or international
Non RCN member
Full 3 day conference
Presenter rate (paper, poster, symposia, fringe) available until Friday 7 June 2019
Full 3 day conference
We strongly recommend that you attend the full three days of the conference to maximise learning and networking time. However if you do wish to book the two days attendance rate please telephone 02920546460.
Prices shown are exclusive of VAT, which is charged at the prevailing rate of 20%.
When making payment please remember to add 20% VAT.
If you wish to book the presenter rate please telephone 02920546460.
The main presenter and one co-presenter are offered a rate equivalent to 15% off the full three-day conference.
For symposium submissions one presenter per paper is eligible for the presenter rate up to a maximum of five presenters.
We regret that the presenter rate cannot be offered on the one or two day conference fee.
Deadline for booking the presenter rate – Friday 7 June 2019.
All international delegates attending this event are entitled to the RCN member rate.
Note: Discounts are available on the conference fees only, not the presenter rates. Only one discount can be used for each booking.
Group discount – three or more delegates booking at the same time
10% off each conference fee
Accredited RCN Trade Union Representative
25% discount on quoted prices inclusive of VAT
RCN Nursing Student members (pre-registration only) and international students in full-time nursing education
40% discount on quoted prices inclusive of VAT
Not an RCN student nurse member? Join today to qualify for the 40% discounted rate.
Student non RCN members in full time nursing education will qualify for a 25% discount on the conference fees.
How to book
All booking forms must be accompanied by payment/remittance advice.
When making payment please remember to add 20% VAT
Download the booking form here and post with your remittance advice to
PO Box 2329
Phone 029 2054 6460 (payment with credit card/Maestro)
Fax this booking form to 029 2054 6489 with your credit card details
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 Daniel Kelly, Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2019 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 16-23rd April 2019 ) - this is an online process and does not involve attendance
• Able to attend the scientific committee meeting in London (2 days, 30 April and 1 May 2019). Travel and overnight accommodation will be provided
• Able to attend the conference itself (3 to 5 September 2019, Sheffield)
To apply, you must submit a short CV (to include your RCN membership number) and a statement (200 words) outlining what you would bring to this role. You must also provide 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 Dr Ann McMahon, to email@example.com by Friday 20 March 2019.
See here a testimonial from Katie Pybus, who was the early career researcher appointed to the scientific committee for the 2018 conference in Birmingham
“Joining the scientific committee as the early career researcher member for the 2018 RCN International Research Conference in Birmingham was a fantastic opportunity.
As part of the role, I was involved in reviewing abstracts for the conference before attending a scientific committee meeting at RCN headquarters, during which I was able to participate in finalising decision making regarding abstracts and developing themes for the scientific programme.
At the conference itself, I led poster tours and chaired concurrent sessions, alongside organising an early career networking event. I was also invited to present on my highlights of the conference to delegates. Having the chance to be so involved is rare for early career researchers and I felt well supported by the scientific committee members who were keen to ensure I was able to participate as much as possible.
Not only has the process been positive for my CV, it has also provided me with valuable skills that I can take forward in my career. I have gained an in-depth understanding of how conferences are organised and it is an experience I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who is thinking of applying for 2019”.
If you’d like to discuss this opportunity please give Ann McMahon a call on 0207 647 3616 or 07778 776161 (Monday – Thursday 8am-4pm from Monday 7 January 2019).
We are delighted to confirm that the RCN Students in Partnership Scheme will be running again in 2019.
To help pre-registration nursing students gain experience of presenting professional nursing knowledge, the RCN is offering two discretionary funded places at this conference to students who are RCN members and who submit an abstract which is accepted for presentation. Each student will be supported to attend on the day they are presenting. The top two scoring abstracts submissions from pre-registration students will be supported with the costs of their travel, accommodation and registration up to a maximum of £300. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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 email@example.com by 10 April 2019.
Roles and responsibilities
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 16 April and 23 April 2019.
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 book your place please contact the RCN Events Registration team on
Monday to Friday (9am-4.30pm)
• +44 (0)2920546460
Event Organiser - Melissa O’Dwyer
For any other queries relating to this conference please contact:
• Tel +44 (0)2076473578
• Fax +44 (0)2076473411
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