RCN International Nursing Research Conference

Venue: University of Cambridge Faculty of Music

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Mar 21, 2004 End Date/Time: Mar 24, 2004
Registration Date: Mar 21, 2004
Early Registration Date: Jan 31, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 12, 2003
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The Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom 5th International Nursing Research Conference

The RCN Research Society is pleased to announce the 5th international nursing research conference to be held in the historic city of Cambridge in collaboration with Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust, Anglia Polytechnic University, Homerton College Cambridge School of Health Studies, the University of East Anglia and the RCN Research Society (Eastern Region). The Conference will be held in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Music.

Situated close to the centre of Cambridge, it provides opportunities to interact in a variety of educational, cultural and social activities.

As always, it is the objective of the conference to encourage and foster sharing, collaboration and learning, bringing together nurses from diverse clinical and academic settings and from around the world, with the ultimate aim of developing nursing knowledge that is research based and improving clinical effectiveness at all levels.

The conference will include a variety of plenary papers, symposia, workshops, concurrent sessions and fringe meetings which, together with a lively social programme, will stimulate networking and debate on all aspects of nursing research in the 21st Century.

Abstracts are invited which represent the leading edge of research relevant to all areas of clinical nursing or research the delivery and organisation of services, policy or education or research the dissemination and utilisation of research and demonstrate clear implications for nursing and midwifery practice

Abstracts are welcomed from the wide range of methodological approaches embraced by nursing. Equally abstracts which address methodological issues are welcomed.

If your presentation is dependent on the findings of research which is still in progress, you must ensure that the research is either completed or sufficiently advanced in time for presentation at the conference in April 2004.

Please note that English is the language of the conference.

The purpose of the abstract
The purpose of the abstract is twofold. First, to enable the Scientific Committee to make an informed decision on the suitability of the abstract for the conference programme. Second, to provide participants attending the conference with written information to support the presentation.

The RCN Research Society is committed to promoting ethical research. It is assumed that in submitting an abstract, authors have ensured that all relevant ethical standards have been met.

Criteria for abstract selection
For inclusion in the conference programme, the Scientific Committee will consider abstracts written in English, that meet the following criteria:

1. The abstract must be about a research project or a research related issue (for example policy or a methodological issue).
2. The abstract should specify how the paper will contribute tothe development of knowledge and practice within nursing, midwifery and health visiting.
3. Material presented in abstracts must be clearly expressed,
concise and coherent and the focus of the abstract clearly stated.
4. The author must make explicit what s/he intends to present.
5. Abstracts of empirical studies must outline the research process and the focus of the analysis must be provided with an indication of the results.
6 Sample size and sampling method used must be supplied where appropriate.
7 Relevant contextual information must be given.
8 The word limit must be adhered to which is 300 words maximum with the exception of symposia which are 1000 words.
9 The abstract itself should not contain any information about the presenter/s, as all concurrent and poster presentations are reviewed blind.
10 Symposium and workshop abstracts must be accompanied by a CV demonstrating the authors competence to deliver.

In addition, up to three references are normally cited and these must be provided using the Harvard referencing system. The author must identify under which theme the abstract applies.

Mode of presentation
Authors must identify the types of presentation they wish to give. Please note that only in exceptional circumstances will authors be offered the opportunity to present their work in a format they have not indicated.
 Poster presentation
 Concurrent session
 Symposium
 Workshop

Poster presentation
Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and are exhibited throughout the duration of the conference. They therefore have the potential to reach a wide audience. Poster presentations constitute an inter-active medium and are best suited to the presentation of factual data (e.g. project design or findings).

Concurrent session
Concurrent session papers are presented orally. Each presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for discussion.

A symposium is a presentation of between three and five papers with a shared focus. The duration of a symposium is normally between 60 and 90 minutes. Authors wishing to submit papers as a symposium must nominate a symposium leader to complete a SINGLE abstract form. The abstract must include an outline of the symposium proposed, itemise the individual papers and their authors, explicitly demonstrate how the papers will link together and identify who will chair the symposium. The symposium abstract must meet the same criteria as for a concurrent/poster presentation with the following exceptions: The word limit is increased to 1000 words maximum length. The symposium leader must enclose a curriculum vitae (1000 words maximum) which demonstrates their competence to lead the symposium. The abstract will not be reviewed blind, and therefore personal information can be included in the abstract.

Workshops are interactive sessions of one or one and a half hours duration where the leader works with delegates to develop their knowledge and understanding within a specific field. A workshop is presented by an expert within the field and may be pitched at a novice, intermediate or advanced level. Authors wishing to lead a workshop must submit an abstract, make explicit the focus of the workshop and the nature of delegate participation. They must indicate the level at which the workshop will be pitched and to include a curriculum vitae (1000 words maximum) which demonstrates their competence to deliver their proposed workshop.

Personal details
The author must provide full details of who will be presenting the paper, as well as co-authors. Please note that the Scientific Panel does not see this information when abstracts are reviewed.
A professional biography should also be provided which will assist those successful applicants in being introduced by the Chair of their session.

Please note that to be eligible to present, presenters of ALL types of presentations must register for the conference. The conference committee regrets that it is unable to meet any travel or subsistence expenses.

To submit an abstract
The preferred method of submission is on-line via the
internet, by going to:
http:www.man.ac.uk/rcn/research2004 (from 1 June 2003).
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Friday 12 September 2003

Please direct any enquiries about the conference, including submissions, to:
Kathryn Clark, Assistant Conference & Events Manager,
Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square,
London W1G ORN, England.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7647 3585.
E-mail: research@rcn.org.uk.

Notifications to authors
All participants will be notified of the decision of the Scientific Committee by 28 November 2003. Successful authors must register for the conference as detailed above.

Continuing professional development (CPD)
Accreditation for this event will be sought from the RCN Accreditation Unit. The Royal College Nursing believes in lifelong learning and actively promotes continuing professional development for all nurses. RCN accreditation assures participants that the event has been planned to meet the educational and professional standards of the RCN Accreditation Unit. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants. For further information about the RCN Accreditation Unit and the services that they provide, visit their webpage: www.rcn.org.uk

The conference is being held at Venue?. It is easily accessible by rail, air and motorway

An exhibition will accompany the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting, advertising or sponsorship, please contact the exhibition team on +44 (0) 208 872 3110 or fax: +44 (0) 208 872 3196.

The conference will include leading edge plenary presentations from speakers with an international standing, workshops led by experts in their field, symposia, poster presentations and concurrent paper sessions.

Abstract Submission
The method of submission in on-line via the internet by going to: http:www.man.ac.uk/rcn/research2004.
When preparing your submission to be input directly on-line, you must consider that responses will be required for all the following points.

1. Title (Prof/Dr/Miss/Mrs/Ms/Mr/Other)
2. Name
3. Job title
4. Qualifications (professional/academic)
5. Department
6. Employer
7. Town of work
8. Mailing address
9. Postcode/ZIP
10. Country
11. RCN membership number (if applicable)
12. Day time telephone number
13. Mobile telephone number
14. Fax number
15. Email address
16. Title of paper
17. Maximum of 3 references (using Harvard referencing
18. Type of presentation: Concurrent, Poster, Symposia,
Workshop, Concurrent/Poster
19. Abstract (Maximum of 300 words)
20. Your professional biography (Maximum of 100 words)
21. Co presenters details (Maximum of two)
22. First time presenter - yes or no
23. Please provide three key words
24. Source of funding (if applicable)
25. Level of funding (if applicable)
26. If undertaken as part of a formal qualification,
indicate level, i.e. BSc, MSc, MPhil, PhD etc.
* This information will assist RCN Events in gaining
accreditation for the conference.
Closing date for all submissions is 12 September 2003
Applicants will be notified no later than
28 November 2003 as to whether or not their paper has been accepted.
Please note
All participants chosen to present papers at the conference must register for the conference to be eligible to present their paper. All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference programme.

Any enquiries regarding the process of
submitting abstracts should be addressed to:
Kathryn Clark
Assistant Conference and Events Manager
Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0RN
Tel: +44 (0) 207 647 3585
Fax: +44 (0) 207 647 3411
Or preferably via e-mail: research@rcn.org.uk.