As part of International Nurses week the 2012 Nurses and Midwives Research Symposium was held at the National Wine Centre on 8 May. The event, in its third year, was hosted by the School of Nursing, the University of Adelaide. The annual symposium is organised jointly between the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University and the University of South Australia, the School of Nursing, the University of Adelaide and Nursing and Midwifery office of SA Health.
The aim of the symposium was to showcase the diversity of research that is being undertaken by nurses and midwives in South Australia. This year’s event had higher degree students from all three universities and a number of clinicians presenting their research. It was a truly eclectic mix but the common thread was the quality of the presentations.
We were fortunate to have Professor Alison Tierney as our guest at the event. Professor Tierney who recently retired as Editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing is well known to South Australian nurses having previously been Head of School at the University of Adelaide. She closed the event with a synopsis of the day’s presentations, praising both the depth and quality of the symposium but also challenging the audience to move collaborative research between the universities and service even further.