Visual Presentation with Expert Review

At the BACCN Conference this year, the conference committee decided to introduce a new and innovative presentation format known as the ViPER.  ViPER stands for Visual Presentation with Expert Review, and is a combination of poster and oral presentation.  Presenters have 5 minutes to discuss their poster, with up to three PowerPoint slides to accompany.  Discussion is then facilitated by an expert in the field of the presentation topic, and the audience get their chance to ask questions and probe further into the speaker's work.

As a totally new presentation style, it proved daunting to potential speakers, who tended to stick to the traditional poster or oral format, but after some encouragement from the Conference Director, Colette Laws-Chapman, a brave few stepped up to the challenge!

Amongst those who embraced the new opportunity was Nicola White from Derby Hospital, who delivered an excellent presentation and earned the accolade of Best ViPER Presentation at the BACCN Conference 2011.  Nicola is a nurse who has worked in Intensive Care at Derby Hospital for the last four years.  Her interest in evidence-based practice and academia has spurred her on to work through demanding critical care modules at the University of Nottingham, and the BACCN Conference gave her the perfect opportunity to showcase these newly developed skills. Nicola's PowerPoint slides can be viewed here in a pdf.

Nicola's presentation focused on oral hygiene in the intubated patient, and Nicola was pleased to see that her presentation had a real impact on the nurses that attended, saying, “At the end of my presentation at the recent BACCN conference, I was thrilled to see the number of fellow nurses wanting to promote oral hygiene month and teach staff and new starters at their local units.”

Nicola is also a member of BACCN and has found it to be really useful in developing her professional career and networking: “Joining the BACCN earlier this year has allowed me to share and expand my knowledge in the pursuit of clinical and academic excellence, which all aims to improve patient care.”

Following the success of Nicola's and other ViPER presentations at the 2011 BACCN Conference, this new presentation format will also be included in the 2012 conference, which is being held at Brighton Dome on 10th - 11th September.  2012 will be the conference's fourth international year, with a title of “Going Global: Around the World in 48 Hours.  Quality and Safety in Critical Care”.  Themes include: patient safety, education, research and innovation, leadership development and end of life care.

For your chance to be involved in the BACCN International Conference and perhaps walk away with a fantastic prize, submit your abstract to be presented as a ViPER in 2012!  Abstract submission will be open in early 2012 so keep checking or email for more information.

Jennifer Westmoreland
Project Manager
BACCN Conference

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