European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science (EDCNS) 2018 successful

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The European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science 2018 ‘Connecting the dots’ was a great success! The participants described the conference as well organized, inspiring and a good networking opportunity.

On Thursday evening, we started with a welcome reception in the NH Hotel to meet and get to know other participants.

On Friday, Prof. Dr. Tiny Jaarsma gave valuable insights during her keynote lecture ‘Connecting the dots’ by telling about do’s and don’ts for collaboration in nursing science. She told about similarities between nursing science and NASA, amongst others. Thereafter, parallel sessions took place in which PhD students gave oral presentations about their studies. These sessions were found very interesting, and for most participants it was difficult to choose between sessions. The conference was mentioned to be a “safe environment to present and discuss research with peers”. Nonetheless, there could have been more room for discussion – for example by limiting the number of presentations per session.
After lunch, an Energizer was organized to get everyone active and fit again. Thereafter, three workshops were provided, focusing on publishing internationally, statistical process control and qualitative research methods. Participants found the workshops interesting, relevant and useful. Nevertheless, the allocated time (1,5 hour) was too short for some workshops. 
After another round of parallel sessions, the informal part of the conference began, during which all participants had a great time. One group visited the Maastricht University Medical Center+, another group visited a nursing home of Envida (La Valence), and the third group enjoyed a guided city walk in Maastricht.
Thereafter, we all met again in the restaurant ‘Brasserie Flo’ were we had a delicious dinner together. It was a bit noisy which means that you had a lot to talk about!

On Saturday, the conference started with workshops about publishing internationally, RCT interventions and qualitative research methods. Thereafter, PhD students presented and pitched their research during a poster session. Although the content was much appreciated, participants suggested to reorganize the poster session. It was suggested to have only one poster session at a time and to give more time to pitch the studies. After the poster session, Prof. Dr. Nico De Witte provided a keynote lecture presentation titled ‘Nursing in the near future: Changes and challenges’ in which he gave insight in the key role nurses play in the care provision. After lunch and one last round of parallel sessions, it was unfortunately time to say goodbye.   

Thanks a lot for sharing those days and your experiences with us. We were proud to hear those positive words about the EDCNS 2018, and will use your feedback to make EDCNS 2019 an even bigger success!  

We are looking forward to meeting you again in Graz next year! 

Kind wishes, 

The EDCNS 2018 organizational committee:  Irma Everink, Roy Haex, Linda Hoek, Angela Mengelers, Katya Sion, Anne van der Vorst