Turning Vision into Reality Conference





This 1 day International Nursing Conference, 'Turning Vision into Reality' aims to share Queen Margaret University Nursing Departments' new strategy, entitled "Turning vision into reality. Developing self, Developing others, Developing practice", with all current undergraduate and postgraduate students, past students and colleagues from clinical practice. As part of the programme we will highlight the work of some of our alumni  and some of our international partnerships. On this occasion we are also delighted to celebrate 35 years of graduate nursing at QMU and invite all alumni and staff to attend a celebration dinner on the evening of Thursday 29th November 2018, please see details below under the celebration dinner tab.


  • Keynote Speaker & Plenary Lectures
  • Associated Costs
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Alumni Dinner

Key Note Speaker

Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer


Plenary Lectures

Dr Thora B. Hafsteinsdóttir
Senior Researcher at the Department of Nursing Science, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht and The Nursing, Allied Health care for people with chronic illnesses at the University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht as well as Professor of Nursing at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland

Dr Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir will talk about ‘research leadership’ and the need for leadership in capacity and capability building in nursing research.  The importance of nurses adopting a global leadership perspective will be discussed using examples from her work with Sigma . She will also draw on her research leadership programme in Europe, and other examples that demonstrate a person-centred approach to developing research and researchers.

Dr Erna Snelgrove-Clarke
Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Associate Dean – Academic Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University

Dr Erna Snelgrove-Clarke will talk about knowledge utilisation and translation and how it can operate through a person-centred lens that embrace emancipatory and transformational development and research processes.  She will draw upon her research programme at IWK and her role as Associate Dean as examples of how these ways of doing, being and becoming can lead to the achievement of important outcomes.

Prof Majda Pajnkihar
Dean, Associate Professor and Head of the Institute of Nursing Care at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Health Sciences (UM FHS)

Prof Majda Pajnkiha will focus on nursing theory, its evolution and the connections between nursing theories and contemporary theory of person-centredness.  The importance of building nursing knowledge for effective person-centred outcomes for patients and staff will be illustrated. Prof Pajnkiha will also discuss her experiences of international collaborations and networks and also her work to establish the PhD programme in nursing at Maribor, and its influence on shaping nursing knowledge and nurse leaders of the future.

Prof Tanya McCance
The Mona Grey Professor of Nursing Research & Development, School of Nursing Science. Ulster University Honorary Professor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Prof Tanya McCance will focus her presentation on her recent KPI work particularly focusing on challenging established perspectives on metrics, quality and outcomes.  She will discuss the way this work operates at a strategic and policy level whilst also maintaining a focus on everyday practice.  She will share examples of ‘making a difference;’ and will ‘challenge’ us regarding educating nurses and what we need to pay attention to.

Prof Brendan McCormack

Prof Jan Dewing


The conference is free to attend for:

  • All QMU students (limited spaces available, on a first come first serve basis)
  • QMU staff
  • Associate lecturers
  • SIGMA members*

Please note, although the conference is free to attend for the above delegates, you still must register to book a place. If you are registering as a student, staff, associate lecturer or SIGMA member, please disregard the payment page after registering.

There is a fee of £70.00 to attend for all external participants including Alumni.

To book your place at the conference, please click on the Register Now button in the Event Details section to the right. We ask that all payments are to be made at time of registering. Please note, payments only apply to external participants and those wishing to attend the dinner.

If you have any questions, please email

*Sigma QMU Special Offer

If you are a member of the Scotland Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Global, Queen Margaret University then you will be eligible for free entry to the conference, however please note, you will still need to register to secure your place.

If you are not already a member of, Sigma Global, QMU and would like to know more or join, please visit the Sigma website area. An annual membership fee of £45.00 (students £20) will include free entry to this conference, as well as other key annual events (normally around £45 per event) that are hosted by Nursing@QMU, – so a great value offer if you enrol now as a member. 


Theme 1: Developing Self
Kristina Mountain – Developing Self and Learning through Storytelling
Niamh Kinsella and Karen Rennie – Developing self through our PhD Journeys
Megan Dickson

Theme 2: Developing Others
Dr Michele Hardiman - Critical Allies and Friends to develop others
Dr Christoph van Dach - Beginning person-centred development across nursing in one Swiss Hospital
Dr Debbie Baldie -  NHS Board programme  

Theme 3: Developing Practice
Lauren Matheson
Professor Safaa Hashim - Using an integrated approach to develop student learning
Dr Fiona Kelly - Using research insights to develop dementia practice

To celebrate 35 years of Graduate Nursing at QMU, there will be a celebration alumni dinner on Thursday 29th November 2018 at The Royal Scots Club, from 18.00pm - 12.00am. This is a 3 course set menu dinner with coffee. There is a fee of £45.00 to attend, please select this option when registering via the form. If you would like to attend the dinner only, please select this option on the form. If you have any specific requirements including dietary, please include this information in your registration form.



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Event Details

Location Queen Margaret University Campus Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh EH21 6UU
Date & Time Start 30 November 2018
8:15am End 30 November 2018
Cost Please see main text for full details on tickets and payment
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