This is my second blog and once again it is reflecting on another "first experience". As a member of the NiP Advisory Panel, I am encouraged to attend Nursing in Practice Events. I attended the Cardiff Event in June, and this provided a good introduction into Nursing in Practice Events. The venue, while not insignificant in size, is intimate enough that one is likely to bump into other nurses and professionals who you may have met the day before, month before or even the previous year.
The Business Design Centre in Islington, the well-appointed venue for the London Event, is a completely different story. It is the largest of the NiP Events, with over 100 stands packed full of useful information, tantalising treats and useful bags – no one will ever know that I was carrying a speculum kit all the way back to Wales! There was a chillout area with massaging chairs, perfectly positioned on the ground floor, not too far away from the refreshments counter, popular university courses and last, but by no means least, a stand giving out atlases with a superimposed picture of a mosquito on the front cover, a nice picture to admire when speaking to a patient going to Africa who refuses antimalarials on the basis that they had been there 10 years before!
The workshops and main auditorium were located on the top floor. As that this was my first Event as a Panel member I did not "chair" any of the sessions, but I was fortunate enough to shadow Marilyn Eveleigh, Sue Spencer, Elaine Linnane and Stephen Taylor as they chaired the main auditorium, workshop A and workshop B respectively.
Congratulations to Stephen Taylor who not only coped with a room full of women during Sharon Trotter's informative and thought-provoking talk on neonatal skin and cordcare, but successfully dashed around the room with a microphone when the technical back-up could not be located, a valiant effort. My Panel colleague Sue Spencer chaired Jane DeVille-Almond's talk on "Partnering with parents: a guide to communication". Jane is a very polished public speaker and whatever subject she is delivering she makes it interesting and informative, and encourages healthcare professionals to dissect and reassemble their own practice – almost like self-clinical governance – thoroughly enjoyable.
Marilyn Eveleigh – an expert in her field – not only chairs speeches and makes sure that speakers keep to their timings, but also delivers thought-provoking statements.
Dr Sarah Jarvis brought good news to all coffee drinkers: "Coffee is good for you" – in moderation, approximately 4-5 cups per day. A heartfelt "thank you" to Dr Jarvis as I sit here at my computer writing my blog with cup of coffee number four!
At the end of the day and following the final talk from Dr Chris Jenner, specialist consultant in pain management at St Mary's Hospital, which was an excellent way to end the day, I was asked what was the most memorable part of the day. How was I to answer? Although I was the new girl on the block and felt a little bit torn between going around the exhibition and meeting a host of interesting people, I found that the wealth of experience and expertise at the conference from primary care nurses, nurse practitioners, consultants and GPs was breathtaking and worth every minute.
It was with regret that I was unable to stay for the second day, which, looking at the programme, was going to prove to be just as interesting and informative. But a childhood immunisations course had been planned some months before and so I had to catch the train back to Wales.
If you are thinking of coming to a NIP Event, all I can do is strongly recommend it – the speakers are always of the highest calibre and will leave you wanting more. See you in Birmingham!
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