World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists (WCNA)

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Manda Dunne

It is with great pleasure and excitement that BARNA is hosting the 12th World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists in the UK on behalf of the IFNA (International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetists).Then venue is the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) where you will experience the famous Clyde Auditorium, in Glasgow, Scotland – a perfect location for this prestigious event.

Having hosted an exceptionally successful Commonwealth Games this year there is such a wonderful buzz and we are so fortunate to be able to share in the lovely surrounds that Glasgow has to offer.

This is the first time the congress has been held in the UK and it may be your one and only chance to attend it here, and in Scotland!

Scotland is such a beautiful country and full of some of the most striking countryside, in contrast with its seven cities, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. There are many castles steeped in history and some wonderful wildlife too, not to mention the spectacular golf courses! The plentiful lochs are just waiting for you to come and appreciate their awe and splendour. Who knows, perhaps you may spot the Loch Ness Monster!

Experience the unique sound of the bagpipes, dance a ceilidh, visit a distillery and sample the wonderful single malt Scottish whiskey or maybe even wear a kilt. You can see there is plenty for you to do, see and experience, so why not stay a while and make a holiday of your visit?

It is a wonderful opportunity for Nurses working in anaesthesia from around the world to come together and share in their practice and professional camaraderie, and to network with each other which can only add to the strength of the speciality.

Remember that the term Nurse Anaesthetist is used widely across the rest of the world and that every country may work slightly differently to another. I want to assure you that the World Congress is the perfect forum for anaesthetic and recovery nurses and any other allied health professionals with an interest in this speciality to attend. You are all very welcome and it will be the most exciting experience which is guaranteed not to disappoint!

We are developing a stimulating scientific programme to include airway management, both paediatric and adult, obstetrics, pain, bariatric and burns management, to name just a few.

What an opportunity for ‘Building Bridges Between Nurses in Anaesthesia’. Networking with colleagues from across the globe is always fun, so please come to Glasgow, enjoy the warm Scottish hospitality and be a part of WCNA 2016!

It is an honour to welcome each and every one of you and we cannot wait to meet you all.

Please go to WCNA2016 home page to register your interest and keep updated.


Manda Dunne


Barna. British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association