International Nurses Day poster 2015International Nurses Day 2015 

The International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on 12th May each year. The day marks the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth and recognises the contribution nurses make to the health and well-being of the public in their respective roles and settings.

At the School of Nursing and Midwifery, we celebrated the day by organising our first international online nursing conference. Our speakers were Professor Roger Watson, Dr. Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Professor Michele Upvall, and Dr. Madrean Schober. Dr. Tracey Moore, Head of Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield welcomed the delegates and presenters at the start of the conference.

Professor Roger Watson, Professor in Nursing at University of Hull and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Advanced Nursing, UK discussed global issues facing nursing this century including the ageing of the nursing workforce and the migration of the nursing workforce. Dr Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Senior Lecturer, University of Hull and Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing joined us from Sweden where she was working and shared her thoughts about “The value of nursing”. In her presentation, she mentioned “It is my intention to offer a positive view of the future for nursing and to help those finding life a bit tough out there in the ‘swampy lowlands’ of today’s practice to ‘promote’ and ‘market’ the profession and the incredible job nurses do differently and more positively”. Professor Michele Upvall, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States gave a talk titled “Cultural Humility for transformative change" in which she mentioned that cultural humility can provide the foundation for navigating change and transforming healthcare in an uncertain, challenging world. She revisited the concept of cultural humility and examined its application to self, community, and the global health nursing context. Finally, Dr. Madrean Schober, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and President of Schober Global Healthcare Consulting delivered “Bold and Brave: An international perspective on nurse led clinics and services” where she highlighted that nurses have a desire to improve patient care outcomes and reduce costs; however, the contributions nursing makes to healthcare worldwide is seldom recognised or publicised widely. She shared example of various countries where nurses have taken bold steps to provide nurse led clinics and/or services.

The conference was attended by delegates from Pakistan, India, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Indonesia Nigeria, England, and Ireland. Interaction was evident among delegates as they used the chat facility to interact with each other and with presenters and organiser. We received very positive feedback from our delegates; one mentioned:

"Congratulations on conducting a successful online conference. I enjoyed the conference and our loads of questions. Honestly, the idea is brilliant. It was convenient, affordable, informative and interactive. Thank you very much for providing us with this opportunity".

I would also like thank to my colleagues for their support in making this online conference a success; Dr Tracey Moore, Head of Department, Jesrine Clarke-Darrington, Learning Technologist, and Andrea Fox, University Teacher.

Written By: Dr Parveen Ali, Lecturer