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The RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2019

03 Sep 2019 10:00 - 05 Sep 16:30

City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Booking is now open for the 2019 RCN International Nursing Research Conference
The over-arching theme of this year's conference is: Impact.

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

  • Evaluating change

  • 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.

City Campus
Sheffield Hallam University
Howard Street
S1 1WB

Follow the links below to find out further information about things to see and do in Sheffield.


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

By Coach

Coaches stop at Sheffield Interchange, next to our City Campus. Visit the National Express website to see timetables and book tickets.


Local airports:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Manchester Airport
Leeds-Bradford Airport
Nottingham East Midlands Airport


Visitor car parking

There are several car parks close to the City Campus. There are discounted parking rates for delegates at two of the car parks closest to the campus.

The NCP car park on Arundel Gate is just next door to City Campus. You can park there from just £5.70 on weekdays and £8.20 at weekends. To claim this discounted rate, just scan your white ticket at the Hallam Help reception on Level 5 of Owen. Take the exit towards Arundel Gate to get to the campus.

The APCOA car park on Eyre Street is a five-minute walk from City Campus. You can park there for just £5 when visiting. Just scan your blue chip at the Hallam Help reception on Level 5 of Owen at City Campus to claim the discount.


Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. 

Preferential rates have been secured at a number of hotels close to the City Campus. The link below will take you to Marketing Sheffield’s dedicated webpage for the International Nursing Research Conference, where you can view the hotels on offer. To secure your preferred hotel, we recommend early booking.

Submit your abstract here

Key diary dates

The call for abstracts will open on Friday 21 December 2018 and close at midnight on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Please note, there will be no call for late breaking research for the 2019 conference – the 11 April 2019 is the final deadline for submissions.

Abstracts will be distributed to the International Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP) for review on Tuesday 16 April 2019.

Submitters will be notified via the online abstract management system of the outcome of the review on Friday 10 May 2019.

Deadline for registering at the discounted presenter rate is Friday 7 June 2019.

Note: 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

Criteria For abstract selection.

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

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.


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.

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.

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

Submit your abstract here

Fringe/Networking Event Submission Open

Fringe/networking event proposals are now welcome for the RCN International Nursing Research Conference.

The submission deadline is midnight on Thursday 11 April 2019

Criteria for submission:

1. All fringe/networking contributions should be about a research related issue.

2. The fringe programme must complement the conference scientific programme (where all submissions are subject to peer review).

3. Proposals for networking events which are celebratory in nature, or which offer networking opportunities for like-minded delegates are welcome. Fringe events must add value for conference delegates.

4. Proposals submitted by commercial organisations will be considered and subject to approval. A member of the RCN Corporate Relations team will contact the submitter to discuss financial arrangements and branding opportunities.

5. All fringe presenters and networking event leaders must register for the conference. The submitter is responsible for co-ordinating the registration of co-presenters (if applicable).

6. Fringe presenters and networking event leads up to a maximum of five are eligible for the reduced presenter rate. The deadline for booking the reduced presenter rate, which is available on the 3 day member/international presenter or non-member presenter fee only, is Friday 7 June 2019.

If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting, please contact the RCN Events Research Conference Team in the first instance with details of your proposal, email:

To submit a proposal please click here.

Day 1

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. 

Day 2

Angela Tod 

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.

Day 3

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.


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

Research infographic

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful 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

Are you engaged in research with relevance to contemporary nursing, health 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 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. 

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

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

Delegate fee

Full 3 day conference

£375 (+VAT)

£485 (+VAT)

2 days

£300 (+VAT)

£388 (+VAT)

1 day

£225 (+VAT)

£291 (+VAT)

Presenter rate (paper, poster, symposia, fringe) available until Friday 7 June 2019

Full 3 day conference

£315 (+VAT)

£410 (+VAT)

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.

Presenter rate
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.

International delegates
All international delegates attending this event are entitled to the RCN member rate.

Discounts available
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
Associate retired
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
Event Registrations
PO Box 2329
CF23 8YZ

Phone 029 2054 6460 (payment with credit card/Maestro)

Fax this booking form to 029 2054 6489 with your credit card details

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 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 and would like to become one, please review the criteria below and sign up here,  or email by 10 April 2019.



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!).


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 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. 

15 January 2019 Reviewer sign up goes live. You will be able to register as an ISAP member right up until the close of abstract submissions. 
11 April 2019 Deadline for receipt of abstracts
16 April 2019 Abstracts will be allocated to members of the ISAP. You will be requested to review approximately 10-15 abstracts online. 
23 April 2019 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 

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


2020 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The World Health Organisation has designated the year 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.  To celebrate this, an international nursing event is taking place in autumn 2020 at Excel London.


As one of the Nightingale 2020 Partners, the Royal College of Nursing has pledged that it will not be running any major events outside of RCN Congress in 2020.  This includes the RCN International Nursing Research Conference.


This flagship RCN event will return to its usual format in 2021. If you are interested in being the host city for the 2020 event please email

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