International conference celebrates best of nursing profession

Monday 16 April 2012
The University of Salford is holding an International Nurses’ Day Conference for practitioners who want to get ahead in their careers and celebrate everything that’s good about the profession.

The conference on Friday, 11 May will be opened by the President of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Andrea Spyropoulos, who will give a talk about how nurses make a difference to people’s lives.

Other high profile speakers include Austin Thomas, Chief Nurse of the British Paralympics Team, who will discuss nursing from the patient’s perspective, and Professor Mike Thomas of Chester University will explore the history of nursing.

The international flavour of the conference means that delegates will have the chance to share best practice with nurses from Germany, Cyprus and Finland. Nurses from the Armed Forces will also be present to talk about their different experiences of nursing.

Memory boxes’ full of historical nursing equipment such as Admiral Nelson’s inhalers, stethoscopes and steel bedpans will show delegates how nurses worked in the past, and a fun comedy drama will explore nursing in the past, present and future.

An exhibition of products, services and artefacts are to be displayed by the conference sponsors: BOC Healthcare, Molnlycke, Key Care and Support, RCN, Meti Learning, LV= Insurance, Medacs, RCN Central Manchester Branch and Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

Conference organiser Melanie Stephens said: “At Salford we are very proud of our profession and we want to celebrate all the good work nurses do on this day, where we have made a difference to the lives of patients and their significant others.”

As quoted by Donna Wilk Cardillo in A Daybook for Beginning Nurses: “When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don't remember me nor I them.  But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing.” 

The cost of a ticket is just £10. Bookings can be made through the online shop or Paul Butlin at or 0161 295 5114.

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International Nurses’ Day Conference, 9.00am-4.00pm, 11 May, Mary Seacole Building, Frederick Road, Salford, M6 6PU.