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Nursing in Practice returns to Glasgow

Yesterday NiP came to the SECC in Glasgow for another successful event, which proved to be informative, enjoyable, and one of the best yet!

The programme featured a variety of knowledgeable speakers on topics including stroke, wound care, infant nutrition and the dangers of alcohol misuse.

Paul Martin, former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, kickstarted the day with a great keynote speech about the future of healthcare in the community. Naturally, the talk had a Scottish slant, but appealed to all members of the audience with a focus on what is needed to meet the needs of patients and their families. The audience was left feeling positive about the path that is being mapped out for the nursing family as a whole.

A popular session on stroke was held by Lorraine Smith, Professor of Nursing at the University of Glasgow. Professor Smith outlined the dangers we face from our increasing use of alcohol and tobacco and urged nurses to take forward and help promote "FAST", the campaign currently in the media to make the public aware of the dangers of stroke.

Cath Maffia led an interesting and thought-provoking session on caring for refugees and asylum seekers in primary care. Her experiences of dealing with this marginalised part of society were fascinating and addressed the way in which this group need particular help with mental health issues. As we all know, there is a stigma attached to asylum seekers and she emphasised the importance of listening to patients' stories and ignoring the media bias against people who have been forced to leave their country of origin due to fear of persecution.

On a slightly different tack, Norma Evans provided an entertaining and enlightening talk on the dangers of rabies and the options available for vaccination against the virus. Her presentation highlighted the nature of the virus and the way in which health professionals should approach consultation with patients about the risks of the virus when travelling abroad. One of the key messages was that knowledge is vital, and patients who receive an animal bite in a high-risk country should be aware of what they need to do to protect themselves from rabies, which in most cases proves to be fatal.

Nick Fuller's talk focused on the problems that can be caused by alcohol use that is not necessarily dependent but hazardous or harmful nonetheless. It is this type of drinking that leads to social problems such as crime and and encourages behaviour such as we have all been witness to in our town centres on a Saturday night. There were some shocking statistics on the particular problem Scotland faces in regard to the misuse of alcohol and there are some unanswered questions as to why the problem is so much greater there than in the rest of the UK. It appears that the stereotype of the Scottish and their alcohol is not just a myth, and poses a serious risk to the health of the population.

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival provided the post-lunch audience with drama and music to lift the spirits. We were all invited to participate in a musical extravaganza that rang out throughout the auditorium and beyond! After a little initial reluctance from the spectators, by the end of the session everyone was joining in and all had smiles on their faces. This part of the day demonstrated perfectly how the arts can have an extremely positive effect on wellbeing.

I hope you enjoyed the day in Glasgow as much as we at Nursing in Practice did, and would love to hear your thoughts and reflections on the event, so please share them with us.

Your comments (terms and conditions apply):

"A great networking day. Subjects to suit all delivered professionally, but informally. Well done to all the speakers and organisers of the event. Looking forward to next year." - A Burns, University of Dundee

"Norma Evans' talk on rabies was great, especially as I am in the midst of vaccinating a number of pupils who are going to Malawi more than 43 days; plus others doing the odd Tanzania trip 'up country'!" - Ann Cameron, Perth, Scotland

"A great event, well organised with a great variety, and a great way to finish off with a demonstation of the arts." - L McEwing, Scotland