I attended the 2016 BACCN conference after winning a place in an online quiz held by the Wessex region.
Over the past few years I have developed a particular interest in delirium in ICU patients and therefore was excited to read the conference programme and decide which sessions I would attend. I had never attended a conference before so was interested to see what they were all about and was excited to learn about what was currently going on in the world of critical care nursing.
The atmosphere of the conference was really exciting to be a part of as everybody seemed to be really motivated to learn from each other and to meet people from different units across the country.
Many of the sessions that I attended were delivered by ICU staff speaking about how they had overcome obstacles to deliver exceptional levels of holistic care to patients in their care, like the team who facilitated taking a dying patient home to see the flowers in his garden one last time.
Prior to the conference, having read the programme I was intrigued by the concept of an eICU, and what it could mean for the future of Critical Care Nursing. I was really interested to go to the conference and learn about how things are done differently in the USA.
From this conference I take away firstly a sense of pride to be a part of such an amazing professional group who are continually striving to improve patient care and safety. I have also come away with a new motivation for my own both personal and professional development, along with a drive to look to improve some practices in my own department.
Dear Wessex Regional Members,
Click to download: Wessex AGM Minutes
Enjoy the lovely summer we are having and see you at at next event
Karin (Wessex Committee Chair)
A big thank you to all the delegates that attended our "Breathing Essentials" study day on 13th July. You were all great and really got into the "audience participation" which made for a successful day!!
Thanks again to all the speakers and industry that supported us on the day.
Looking forward to meeting up with many of you in September in Glasgow and perhaps in the Isle of Wight - watch the space!!...
On behalf on the Wessex Committee,
Congratulations to Louise Houslip...
Louise said "I'm most looking forward to exploring new information and research about critical care nursing and being one of the first to hear new developments in the field. I'm also looking forward to meeting with other professionals both from in my region and nationally".
Calling all BACCN Wessex Region Members,
If yes to any of the above, we are seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic critical care nurses from the Wessex region to join a new inspiring BACCN committee. There are no specific qualifications required and you can be any grade of nurse in order to contribute to the local BACCN regional committee.
All you need to be is a BACCN member who is enthusiastic to take forward the work of the BACCN within your region. The purpose of the Regional Committee is to provide education and support for critical care nurses within the region. If you're passionate about critical care nursing and would like to be part of a team to help to further train and develop critical care nurses across the region, we would really love you to come along and join us.
If you would like any further information please contact Karin Gerber via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can contact Vicky Quinn, Membership Administrator, via email@example.com or by phone on 07879 427583.
We urgently need volunteers to join our Wessex Regional Committee. The commitment is not overwhelming but does require that you are actively involved in various projects – this can range from the planning and running of study events to taking minutes at committee meetings….. With a full committee nobody has to do too much.