Message from the chair: Spring/Summer 2015

Posted on 1 May 2015 by Manda Dunne

Dear Members,

The summer is fast approaching and this can mean only one thing; the BARNA Conference is not far away!

We are so excited to be coming to York this year which I think is the farthest North we have been.Our conference is on Friday 19th June 2015 at the Royal York Hotel, and I hope to see many of you there where you can enjoy a full day of sessions, visit the exhibitors and enjoy networking and catching up with your colleagues. We have some new and innovative sessions for you to enjoy at this year’s conference including the launch of the Basic Airway competency teaching package, which Pat Smedley will be presenting. We will also be talking about digital health and simulation support in the perioperative and perianaesthesia environment which I know will be very interesting. I for one am looking forward to hearing these sessions.

I am very much looking forward to visiting such a beautiful City again and I am going to try and entice you to come to York!

Why not stay on after the conference for a day or so and take in some of the historic features that York has to offer, not to mention York Minster which I remember as being pretty spectacular.

York has more miles of intact city walls than anywhere else in England and no other city offers special walking tours like it! To mention just a few why not try the Historic Toilet Tour, take the Guy Fawkes Trail, (yes, he was born here), discover the Saints and Sinners of the city or scare yourselves silly on the Graveyard, Coffin and Plague tour! Apparently the International Ghost Research Foundation announced in 2002 that York is officially the most haunted city in Europe.

If this is not your thing the Roman Baths public house holds a little known rare example of underground Roman Baths, which were excavated in 1929 and they were most likely used by Emperor Constantine! York is home to over 30 museums and tourist attractions – more than any other comparable historical city in Britain. If you like furniture and clocks then Fairfax House is home to one of the finest private collections of 17th and 18th century examples outside of London. The Shambles is believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe and even gets a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086. Now if I know nurses, Saturday will be a shopping day!

You still have the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the Lord Mayor’s residence, Mansion House and the Railway museum, which has the only Japanese Bullet train outside of Japan, to tickle your fancy!

Did you know that York is home to the oldest working Convent in England?  You can even book Bed and Breakfast with the nuns. The Black Swan at Peasholme Green was originally built as a rich merchant’s house and is a fine Tudor building. Since the eighteenth century this has been an inn and hostelry and still has the original outer door, complete with Black Death spy hole, which was used to check that whoever was knocking, was not infected with plague.

Jane Hodson has one of the many memorials in the Minster dedicated to her. She died in 1636, presumably of exhaustion aged only 38. She was the wife of a chancellor to the Minster and gave birth to 24 children. I am not surprised she was exhausted!

This is just a snippet, and as you can see, there is no time to be bored. The BARNA Committee is waiting to welcome you to our 29thConference, so come and share our passion for anaesthetic and recovery nursing first and I hope that you are booking your places at the conference - then have fun in York!

Thank you

Manda Dunne, BARNA Chair

Barna. British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association