Annual research conference

The RCSI Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery hosts an annual international research and education conference every spring.

In 2023, the 42nd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference will take place in Dublin. The conference theme is 'Nursing and Midwifery – Leading the World to Better Health'. Join us in the RCSI to hear world-renowned nurse and midwife leaders share their insights and expertise on how nurses and midwives are leading the world to better health.

We look forward to receiving abstracts showcasing the leadership, work, collaboration and contribution of nurses and midwives to the delivery of healthcare and the achievement of better health for populations across the globe, and across the lifespan.


Wednesday, 22 February 2023

  • The Conference opens on the evening of Wednesday, 22 February 2023 and includes the Opening Ceremony, Opening Address, Honorary Fellowship Conferring Ceremony and a Black-Tie Dinner.

Thursday, 23 February 2023

  • The Scientific Conference takes place on Thursday, 23 February 2023 with a host of invited keynote speakers, expert panel discussion, oral, poster pitch and poster presentations.
  • Notification of review outcome: 9 December 2022
  • Deadline for accepted authors to register to confirm attendance: 11 January 2023
  • Programme available online: Mid-January

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the Conference as one of the following categories:

  • Oral or poster presentation
  • Poster presentation

At the review stage, the Conference Scientific Committee may recommend a change in the presentation type submitted by the author, based on the quality of the submission and to ensure the continuity of the conference programme, i.e. oral presentation may be changed to poster presentation OR poster presentation to oral presentation. The presenting author will be informed of any change to their submitted presentation type at the acceptance notification stage and can accept/reject. The decision of the Conference Scientific Committee is final.

Oral format
Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in total, with 15 minutes allocated for the presentation and five minutes for questions and answers

Poster format
Accepted posters will be asked to produce a poster for display at the conference. Presenters are asked to take note of the following guidelines when producing their poster:

  • Maximum poster size is A0 (0.84 x 1.19m) (portrait orientation)
  • Keep text to a minimum
  • Ensure any text is in large font
  • Use graphs, charts, and/or tables
  • Ensure contents have a logical flow
  • Make it colourful
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the presenter. Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of. 


Abstracts must be submitted under one of the conference themes. 

  1. Leadership and management
  2. Education
  3. Quality improvement and organisational development
  4. Climate change
  5. Sustainability
  6. Clinical practice
  7. Mental health
  8. Midwifery and children’s health
  9. Older person care
  10. Integrated care
  11. Oncology and palliative care
  12. Professional issues
  13. Collaborative and interprofessional practice
  14. Research and scholarship
  15. eHealth/technology and disruptive technologies in healthcare
  16. Healthcare delivery models
  17. Transformation in healthcare
  18. Other

The abstract submission process for the RCSI Nursing Conference 2023 is through an online submission portal.


  • The presenting author must submit the abstract and is required to be the corresponding author for that abstract.
  • You do not need to register for the conference in order to submit the abstract.
  • All abstracts must be received by the submission deadline to be included in the review.
  • Accepted abstract presenters must register by 11 January 2023.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.

Submission guidelines
It is essential that you read the guidelines below before you submit. Abstracts which do not adhere to the guidelines will not be reviewed.

Who submits the abstract?
The presenting author must submit the abstract and will act as the main point of contact for the abstract with organisers. 

Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an account. Please keep a record of the account details you use to set up the account as you will require them to log into both the RCSI Nursing Conference 2023 abstract submission portal and Conference registration portal. Upon successful submission of the abstract a confirmation email will be sent to the presenting author.

If you have not received a confirmation email, please check that your abstract is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking on the 'View/Edit Abstracts' page.

How to edit a submitted abstract?
You can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission at a later point. It is important to note that once it has been submitted the abstract cannot be edited after the abstract submission deadline. Ensure that your abstract is not left in draft as it will not be reviewed.

Submission details required
The online abstract submission is a simple step-by-step process and will ask you to input the following details:

Abstract title: Title of the abstract (word limit is 10). Please note: Titles must be in title case. This means only using capital letters for the principal words, e.g The Title Must Have a Capital Letter at the Start of Every Principle Word. Please do not include titles in the abstract document. The title will be added during the online submission process. 

Presentation type: Oral or poster; poster.

Theme: Chosen from the theme list above.

Presenting author: Name, affiliation, and job title of presenting author (this person must be listed as the first author). Only one presenter per abstract will be identified on the conference programme (all presenters will be identified in the actual abstract). Tick the box for the presenting author.

Co-authors: Name, affiliation, and job title of co-author(s).

Abstract document: Abstract word limit is 300 including references (word limit excludes: title, authors and affiliations).

Additional information:

  • Are you a first time presenter?
  • What is your professional level?
  • Provide your NMBI Number (if applicable)
  • Provide emails for all co-authors
  • Data consent agreement (presenter)
  • Co-author permission to submit
  • Publication of abstract agreement

Review and notification of acceptance
All abstracts will go through a double blind peer-review carried out by reviewers selected by the RCSI Nursing Conference 2023 Scientific Conference Committee.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the submitter on Friday, 9 December 2022.

Registration of the abstract presenter
When notified of acceptance, the presenting author is required to accept the offer by registering for the conference by Wednesday, 11 January 2023. You will be provided with a link to register in your acceptance email.

If a presenter fails to register by Wednesday, 11 January 2023, this person will be removed from the programme and also removed from all RCSI Nursing Conference 2023 related publications.

Withdrawal conditions and change of presenter
If you need to withdraw the abstract or change the presenting author, contact by Wednesday, 11 January 2023.

  • The abstract submitted adheres to the abstract submission guidelines outlined on this page.
  • The abstract submitted is in English.
  • This abstract has only been submitted once for RCSI Nursing Conference 2023.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to submit the abstract. They are the main contact whose responsibility it is to communicate with other co-authors.
  • The presenting author is available to present at the conference between 22–23 February 2023.
  • The presenting author must register by the deadline indicated in the abstract review outcome email. If they do not register, the abstract will be removed from the programme and any associated publications.
  • The text of the abstract, along with the names and affiliations, poster and/or additional documents as requested, may be published on the conference website, in the abstract document and on the conference app, and this will not raise any copyright issues.
  • All grammar/content has been checked and the submitter acknowledges that the abstract if published on the conference website, in the abstract document and on the conference app will appear as submitted.
  • A submission as a particular presentation type or theme may be changed to a different type following review in order to be accepted and included in the programme.
  • Presenters may be recorded for live streaming. A recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides may be published online after the conference.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact us.

RCSI Travel has been established for over 20 years and offers services to RCSI staff, Fellows, students and friends of the University.

RCSI Travel will be delighted to assist conference delegates with their travel and accommodation requirements. Preferential rates are available for accommodation in a number of  Dublin hotels, which are centrally located and adjacent to RCSI (Fitzwilliam, Iveagh Garden, Marlin, Grafton and Westbury).

Please email with your requirements, and you will be assisted with your travel and accommodation requirements.

Note: Please book early or be advised that you may need to book accommodation outside of Dublin city centre and commute to the RSCI venue.

Delegate registration

Registration for this event is now open.

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Conference speakers

We are delighted to introduce a number of our invited keynote speakers. Further speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Patricia Davidson headshotVice-Chancellor and President, University of Wollongong, Australia and former Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, USA

Professor Patricia M. Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, Professor Davidson was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

As a global leader in nursing, healthcare and advocacy, Professor Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. She has extensively studied chronic conditions, transitional care, palliative care, and the translation of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable health initiatives across the world.

Professor Davidson serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and was a past board member of CUGH and secretary general of the Secretariat of the WHO's Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. She also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in the United States.

Maggie Langins headshotNursing and Midwifery Policy Adviser, Health Workforce and Service Delivery Unit, WHO

Margrieta Langins is the new Nursing and Midwifery Policy Advisor to the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen Denmark.

Langins is a Latvian born, Canadian trained nurse. She has a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and her nursing degree from the University of Toronto. She has completed a Masters of Public Health from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique in Paris. She is also a Queen’s Nursing Institute fellow.

Langins believes that nurses and midwives are integral in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. Her three-pronged approach to working with Member States of the WHO European Region is to demonstrate that strengthening and supporting midwives can transform, shape and shift health systems and services to better respond to patients and communities, but also serve as a means for improving gender and racial equality as well as economic resilience. In December 2021, her team launched the Roadmap for implementing the Global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery in the WHO European Region.

Since her appointment as Nursing and Midwifery Adviser, Langins has been energetic in facilitating and mobilising what she describes as a very rich nursing and midwifery network of researchers, chief nurses and midwives, donors and stakeholders to accelerate the work of the organization and maximize nursing and midwifery contributions on the international stage.

Leslie Mancuso headshotPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Jhpiego 

Dr Leslie Mancuso is the President and CEO of Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. A nurse and American Academy of Nursing Fellow, Dr Mancuso is a recognised international business leader with a track record of innovation and success in bringing accountability and navigating changes in the international non-profit world. She has decades of experience in developing public/private partnerships with organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US government, GE Foundation, Merck and Laerdal Medical.

She is a passionate advocate for the nursing profession, lending her expertise to the Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing as well as Sigma Theta Tau International’s visionary Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON). GAPFON includes some of the world’s most prominent nurse leaders and is tasked with identifying global healthcare issues, specifically noting those related to a voice and vision for nursing, and developing corresponding solutions that would effectively address them.

Dr Mancuso has also been the recipient of many prestigious business and professional awards, including the Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Smart CEO BRAVA Business Women Achievement Award, the Maryland International Business Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute, the Top 100 Women 'Circle of Excellence' award, and the Baltimore Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award. She was also inducted into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Under her leadership, Jhpiego has received numerous high-profile awards including the 2014 United Nations Population Award as well as the 2014 CLASSY Award for Health, the Sigma Theta Tau International Archon Award, and a 2017 Webby Award.

Dr Katie Huffling headshotExecutive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), Mount Rainier, Maryland, USA

Dr Katie Huffling (DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN) is a certified nurse-midwife and the Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE). With ANHE, Dr Huffling works with nurses and nursing organisations to elevate vital environmental health issues, such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and sustainability in healthcare, amongst the nursing profession. Dr Huffling is a passionate supporter of nurse-led advocacy in support of healthier environments for all.

Dr Huffling received her DNP in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota. In 2020 she was appointed as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency Children’s Health Protection Advisory Council. Dr Huffling was an editor of the environmental health e-textbook 'Environmental Health in Nursing' that won the 2017 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in Environmental Health. She was also the recipient of the 2018 Charlotte Brody Award which recognises nurses who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health.

Laura SerrantRegional Lead Nurse for Health Education England (North East and Yorkshire) and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Professor Serrant has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development, with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety.

It was her work in this area which led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list 2018 for services to health policy. She is listed eighth in the top 100 most influential black people in the UK by the Powerlist UK.

In 2021 she received the Nursing Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Nursing by the four UK countries chief nursing officers. Her poem, 'You called ... and we came', is the featured inscription on the UK National Windrush Monument at Waterloo station, London, which was unveiled by HRH Prince William in the summer of 2022.

Gillian JanesDr Gillian Janes, Associate Clinical Fellow (Leadership and Service Improvement), Manchester Metropolitan University and Co-Chair, GNLI Digital Project

Dr Gillian Janes is a registered nurse, researcher, educator and leadership development coach with almost 40 years’ experience spanning hospital and community nursing and public health. She has internationally recognised expertise in developing and leading systems-based quality and safety improvement and workforce development programmes that enable individuals, teams and organisations to improve population health outcomes and the giving and receiving of healthcare.

Dr Janes holds a BSc (Hons) Professional Studies in Healthcare, Masters in Advancing Practice, and PhD exploring the ‘silences’ associated with orthopaedic trauma surgery and recovery and was awarded a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Fellowship and AdvanceHE Senior Fellowship. She was selected as a founding member of The Q Community (national/international quality improvement network) and a National Institute of Health Research Academy Member, before graduating as a Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) Scholar in 2022.

Dr Gillian is also Trustee of a patient safety charity (Clinical Human Factors Group), co-convenes the GNLI Alumni Network for Europe on behalf of the International Council of Nurses and is collaborating with the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe in driving global policy on the role of nursing and midwifery in leading digital health transformation.