Message from the chair: Conference June 2017

Posted on 16 June 2017 by Manda Dunne

Dear Delegates,

How wonderful to see you all here at our ‘sell out’ 31st BARNA Conference and Exhibition! It’s hard to believe that a whole year and more has passed since we hosted the WCNA 2016 in Glasgow and we are now back to our regular conference format. I know that many of you have travelled far and wide to be here.

This year I am stepping down as Chair having served in the position for four years and then eighteen months later for a further five. I never intended to be in this position for so long but sometimes life takes you in directions you didn’t plan, which I am sure you will agree and can probably relate to!  It is high time I moved over and made way for Lucie Llewelyn who is to succeed me. I am absolutely delighted that she will be your chair and I know that she has some exciting ideas but most of all I know she holds BARNA very close to her heart and she will be a fine leader.

I am very pleased to be back in Greenwich especially having trained just down the road at Greenwich District Hospital (sadly now a housing estate!) where my absolute passion and love for anaesthetic nursing began back in the very early eighties. Never did I expect to have been part of BARNA for such a long time and for having had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who have truly had a massive impact on my life and career. I am indeed very fortunate.

Please take time (after conference of course!) to explore Greenwich, especially if this is your first time here. It is a really lovely place with massive historical interest as I am sure you will agree just by looking at the building you are in right now!

After Lord Admiral Nelson’s untimely death in October 1805, his body was pickled in brandy and brought back to home waters where his body was transferred into a coffin and placed in the Record Room at the Royal Hospital for Seamen just next door. His body lay in State in the Painted Hall in the Royal

Naval College from the 5thto 7th January 1806. Hundreds visited the Painted hall over the three day period to pay their respects to Admiral Lord Nelson, who lay in the upper hall of the Painted Hall. Every January the Immortal Memory Toast is held. Anyone is invited to come along and raise a glass of port to the Immortal Memory of Admiral Lord Nelson. You'll be able to purchase a glass of port for £3 in the Painted Hall.  

Unfortunately the pained hall is under renovation at the moment but you can actually buy tickets to see how the renovation is taking place. I have it on good authority that this is a fantastic experience.

There is much more information across the road in the Maritime Museum if that is something you are interested in. The Royal Park opposite is where Elizabeth 1stplayed as a child and the Observatory is also a fine place to visit. The park is full of the best fed squirrels in the country that are not shy of relieving you of food for them! You will never be bored in Greenwich!

We have a great line up of speakers for you today who have happily given up their time to be here to make our day a success. We are so happy to welcome them and we are very grateful for their support.

I hope you have a really good day and take away something new that you didn’t know before you came. Have fun networking and making new acquaintances, share you experience and knowledge and be sure to meet someone new! Also, please be sure to visit the companies. They are very instrumental in making this day happen and we are very grateful for their continued support.

We are also delighted to welcome our guests from ASPSN in the USA and IARNA from Ireland. We are fortunate to have some very special relationships with other professionals who share our passion and drive Anaesthetic and Recovery nursing.

Thank you,

Manda Dunne, BARNA Chair.

Barna. British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association