First-Time Attendees

Attending an event as large as our International Nursing Research Congress can be thrilling and a bit overwhelming. We’re here to help! The more you prepare for INRC 2018 and explore the many opportunities available to you during this event, the more enjoyable and memorable your experience will be. Did you know that more than half of attendees are first-timers, too? You are in good company!

Start planning with our helpful information and tips below.

Congress Mobile App

Download the INRC app

With our free app, you can create your own custom schedule, receive real-time updates, navigate your way around the convention centre, follow social media feeds, interact with attendees, and more!

Reading this on your device? You can download the app right now for your iPhone or Android. If not, visit the App Store or Google Play on your device and search for "Sigma Theta Tau International" to download and install the app. Open the app is download, open it, search for "29th International Nursing Research Congress," and tap Download.

Blackberry or Windows phone? Find it here.

Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance

There is a lot happening throughout the conference. Here’s a brief description of several special events and session to help you prioritize your time with us.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall will give you the opportunity to network with key vendors and see new products. The exhibits will be displayed on Level 2 in the Melbourne Foyer area. Refer to your event schedule for viewing times.

Sigma Marketplace

Visit the Sigma Marketplace to shop new and popular Sigma merchandise and books. The Marketplace will be open in the Foyer on Level 1 Thursday and Level 2 Friday through Sunday.

Need to purchase a gift? How about a personalized, signed copy of a Sigma book? The Sigma author book signings are a wonderful opportunity to talk to some of the premier authors of our profession. Authors Sharon Tucker, Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Gwen D. Sherwood, and Lynn Gallagher-Ford will be signing their books on Saturday, 21 July from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. (1445-1530) in the Melbourne Foyer on Level 2.

Career Center

The Career Center provides nurses and students with an opportunity to receive guidance regarding their career path from experienced nursing professionals and leaders. Appointments will take place in Room 108 on Level 1 on Friday and Saturday. Sign up ahead of time to guarantee your session! However, you can also sign up on-site at the Career Center check-in table, located near the presenter ready room.

Recognition Events

Congress is a time of celebration and recognition for the excellence in research by nurses. On Saturday, 21 July, the 9th Annual International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Induction will take place in the Auditorium (enter on the Ground Level). Attendees are welcome to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of these impressive nurse researchers with an awards presentation and the opportunity for conversations with the honorees.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and Conversation With the Honorees is a chance to honor members who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. This is the induction ceremony as well as a panel discussion on their research experiences. Those inducted are also given the option to speak at a special session.

Emerging Nurse Researcher awards recognize members for their research that has impacted the profession and the people it serves. The award is given out during the Opening Plenary Session. These honorees are also given an opportunity to present a special session.

Cultural Celebration Event

One of the most exciting parts of congress is traveling to a country you’ve never been before. Did you know we’re hosting a cultural event? Learn more here.

Understanding Sessions

Plenary Sessions:
Plenary sessions are the keynote speakers for the day. All attendees are encouraged to attend these captivating presentations.

Poster Sessions:
Peer-reviewed posters in the research and evidence-based practice categories and Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship Invited Student Posters are on display during designated session times.

Concurrent Sessions:
Nurses from all over the world will be presenting original evidence-based practice and research abstracts. These will run in simultaneous tracks. In the program, you will note that sessions are identified by session type and number. Keep track of the sessions you attend in order to obtain your CNE certificate at the end of the program.

A symposium is a group of three individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author concerning a common topic of interest. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of information for discussion.

Special Sessions:
An invited presentation on a singular topic. These sessions are open to all attendees.

Check in at our registration desk

Once you arrive, come check in and pick up your event materials at Sigma’s registration desk, located on Level 1. Registration is open during the following times:

Thursday, 19 July
11:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (1100-1715)

Friday, 20 July
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (0730-1730)

Saturday, 21 July
7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (0730-1600)

Sunday, 22 July
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (0730-1630)

Monday, 23 July
8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (0800-1230)

Browse the Henderson Repository

Author permitted, full-text poster and presentation information are available in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. When presenters grant permission, posters and oral presentation slides given at this event are permanently available in the Henderson Repository on the first day of the event:

Here's a helpful tip to navigate the Henderson Repository's search: Use the keyword listed in each session (e.g., INRC18PLN1). Detailed search information is also available in the conference app. For more information on the Henderson Repository, visit

Network with other attendees

A key feature of attending our live events is the networking! Of course, the Exhibit Hall and Welcome Reception are great places to start. But there are numerous other opportunities to meet and collaborate with researchers and nurses from around the world!

You can also join in on the conversation on Twitter. Use #INRC18 to share your experience with your colleagues back home and to connect with other attendees.

The Circle is an online portal for members to connect with people that they meet at Sigma events. There is a directory that you can search and send a contact request to any Sigma member. Within The Circle, there is a Global Member Forum, and we encourage you to share what you learned at the event with other members!

Collect your CNE

Within a week of the conference ending, you will receive an email to complete a program evaluation. After you submit the evaluation, you can access your CNE certificate for up to 60 days following the end of the conference.

View photos from the official congress photographer

Watch your inbox for a link to relive your congress experience through photos from our official congress photographer. You might spot yourself and others that you met while in Melbourne!

Questions? Please email or call 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634,8171 (International).