RCN Scotland Student and NQN conference 2020: 'Nursing and You'

In 2020, organising RCN Scotland’s annual conference for students and newly qualified nurses required innovation and perseverance.

In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, using new formats and new ways of engaging with our target audience, the conference went virtual and online and took the form of a series of three webinars.


In the webinars, presenters and participants:

  • debated the future of nurse education with nursing leaders
  • looked at some of the particular challenges nurses face in terms of maintaining wellbeing while working
  • shared hints, tips and things to think about to maintain health and wellbeing.

Halting the environmental emergency in nurses’ health

Dr Richard Kyle (Deputy Head of Research & Evaluation) and Benjamin Gray (Public Health Researcher) from Public Health Wales, joined Eileen McKenna, Associate Director, RCN Scotland, to discuss the environmental emergency in nurses’ health, with a particular focus on students as the new generation of nurses.

The Future of Nurse Education

Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Fiona McQueen, Matthew McClelland, Executive Director of Strategy and Insight, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Professor Annetta Smith, representing the Council of Deans of Health Scotland, joined Theresa Fyffe, Director, RCN Scotland, for a discussion on the future of nurse education.

Staying Well While Working Shifts

Kim Sunley, National Officer, RCN, and Dr Chiara Dall’Ora, Senior Research Fellow in Nursing Workforce, University of Southampton, joined Eileen McKenna, Associate Director, RCN Scotland, to explore the impact of shift patterns and advice on how to stay healthy.

Page last updated - 06/11/2020