Scope of the Conference

Aims and Scope

The NETNEP series of conferences is designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience of nursing and healthcare workforce education worldwide.  The two journals (Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice) support this endeavor through encouraging the sharing of this knowledge and experience through publication.

Internationally, the future of nursing, midwifery and other health professional education is dependent on ensuring leaders in each field of practice and successful succession planning for educators of the future. At this conference we want to explore many of the developments taking place internationally to ensure this future and to learn from, and work with, each other to ensure quality health care delivery; optimal outcomes for the people with whom we work; and successful development of our professions.

There are complex issues facing healthcare education. The ageing of the health workforce is evident in higher education and the practice context. Ensuring ongoing professional development, scholarship and leadership development is equally important for students and practitioners. The age and complexity of people who use health services is increasing, and the context in which services are delivered is dynamic and changing. Research, scholarship and evaluation is central to ensuring professionals are agile, flexible, innovative and responsive to current and future challenges.

As one of the world’s leading education conferences, the NETNEP series attracts delegates from more than 40 countries worldwide which brings a richness of sharing with, and learning from, each other. Networking and collaboration is promoted throughout the conference.

NETNEP 2018 will feature a large number of stimulating presentations throughout the three day event, including keynote presentations, oral and ‘Rapid 5’ presentations, mini oral with poster and poster presentations.  Delegates will hear about the latest research or innovation in education in a myriad of different contexts, and will have the opportunity to actively participate in an interactive program.

Presentations from nursing, midwifery and other healthcare disciplines are encouraged to promote interprofessional dialogue and we encourage oral and poster submissions from a diversity of disciplines. The engagement of different disciplines is reflected in the promotion of interprofessional perspectives in Nurse Education in Practice and Nurse Education Today.

Conference sub-themes

NETNEP 2018 encourages the sharing of research and innovation across the following sub-themes as well as directly related to the overall conference theme - Research, scholarship and evaluation: ensuring leadership in education, practice and healthcare.

  • Teaching & assessment
  • Learning in practice – Clinical education
  • New technologies, simulation and social media in teaching and practice
  • Curriculum innovation & development
  • Evidence and educational discourse
  • Research, scholarship and evaluation
  • Professional development & leadership

New for 2018!

To enhance dialogue, two exciting new themes have been introduced for this conference:

(1) Evidence and education discourse.

Presentations will focus on the underpinning scholarship, pedagogical innovations, methodologies, reviews and exploratory work such as doctoral studies. To reflect the theme of the conference, presentations will be organized to ensure a community of learning and sharing.

(2) Research, scholarship & evaluation

In this session presenters can demonstrate how to maximize the impact of their work, beyond the academic setting, and influence policy makers, practitioners and other key stakeholders to apply new knowledge in policy and practice settings.

‘Rapid 5s’

In 2018, we are introducing a new approach to encouraging discourse and networking.  The ‘Rapid 5’s’ sessions, will be highly interactive with oral presenters each given 5 minutes to present, with an open space at the end for facilitated questions and discussion to enhance the learning experience for the presenters and the audience.

The official language throughout the conference is English.

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