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Conference debates international challenges for nursing

23 April 2009

The international challenges faced by those working in nurse education, practice and research will be discussed at a conference at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Nationally and internationally recognised speakers will discuss the global challenges facing healthcare and nursing in particular at the conference, taking place from 9am to 4.30pm on Thursday 7th May 2009 at the University’s North Holmes Campus, Canterbury.

The conference is being held in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation and International Nurses Day which is on Tuesday 12th May.

Several of the conference speakers will be representing nursing at Florence Nightingale’s commemoration service in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 12th May.

Programme Director of the University’s MSc Interprofessional Health and Social Care programme Mary Brown said: “This conference is very important at this point in nursing’s history as there is increasing internationalisation in the nursing workforce, nursing education and research partnerships. Internationalisation poses numerous challenges that need to be carefully thought through.”

She added: “There is the recognition that education and support for nurse managers and nurse academics is required in order to better prepare them for the challenges they will face. The themes of this conference will begin to address the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, cultural competencies and international research partnerships that enhance cross cultural understanding.”

The cost for the conference is £130 (£30 for current and former students of Canterbury Christ Church University) and includes lunch and refreshments. To register for the conference please complete the form at or email For further information about the conference please contact Mary Brown on 01227 782631 or email

Notes to Editor

International Challenges for Nurse Education, Practice and Research Conference

Keynote Speakers:

Carolyn Sanders, Head of department, Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University: ‘Challenges within a Global Context’

Dr Kim Manley, Learning and Development Manager, Royal College of Nursing, London: ‘Global Perspectives on the Development of Cultural Competencies’

Sylvia Denton, Past President, Royal College of Nursing: ‘Cultural Competencies and Nursing Practice’

Dr Carol Hall, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham: ‘Federation of International Nurse Educators/Bologna Process/ Tuning in Europe’

Seminar Topics to be discussed:

David Hubert, EU & and International Policy Advisor, Nursing and Midwifery Council: ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Nursing Mobility in the EU’

Julie Pearce, Director of Nursing, East Kent Hospitals Universities Trust: ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Nursing Practice’

Susan Rhodes-Molden, Director of International Office, Canterbury Christ Church University: ‘Challenges and Opportunities for International Recruitment’

Dr Deborah Hennessy, Consultant with the World Health Organisation: ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Partnership Working in Practice and Research’

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services.  It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has over 15,500 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.  In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission:

‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of its students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’


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