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'At RCN Congress it's a real treat to speak in more than 140 characters'

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Day two of RCN Cngress 2013 was a mixed bag of learning and meeting people.

In general, I have found that nurses are good friendly and helpful people.

The whole hall at RCN Congress 2013 was moved to tears by our keynote speaker Lt Col (retd) Austin Thomas.

As the chief nurse for the Paralympics we were all looking forward to an interesting talk. After his introduction it became clear he had a different message to share. He spoke honestly and eloquently using poetry to move us all to “lump in the throat” status.

He shared his experience of our care and we all listened, rapt.

Congress is the kind of place where everyone meets, greets, crosses palm and schmoozes. However, this feels more like genuine friend-making rather than corporate networking.

And so, I wandered up to Austin and told him how moved I was and asked him if I could work for him. He smiled.

Watch this space.

I have been lucky to be joined by my daughter, a student nurse who has the most amazing network of “movers and shakers”. At a drinks party hosted by Nursing Times and NHS employers, we were both able to introduce ourselves to tweeting friends and far away colleagues.

Thank you so much for the opportunity Nursing Times.

Putting faces to names has been amazing as its a real treat to talk in more than 140 characters.

I have met students, lecturers, journalists, stewards, council members and nurses from the private sector, other countries and civil servants.

Looking forward to today, the famous tweeting nurse forum @wenurses is facilitating a #tweetup. Join us on twitter or in the main exhibition hall.

So Congress is educational eye-opening and moving and seems to get better as the week goes on.

My Feet are aching, my head is muzzy, but my heart is thumping with pride, as the mother and daughter combo wander round making new friends and debating the issues.

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