This special edition of Science Showoff will be a night of chaotic cabaret themed around nursing. Nurses, social researchers, students and more will perform in this open mic event, compered by science comedian, nerd and troublemaker Steve Cross. Expect storytelling, stand-up comedy, interactive games, songs – anything and everything in 9-minute bursts.
- "Re-turn to Nursing” – Andrée le May considers returning to nursing after retirement from her academic job but when she comes up against the system she finds herself confused by what nursing really is.
- Rating ranting - Anda Bayliss will have a look at the pain of measurement and the measurement of pain with a dose of current affairs thrown in for good measure.
- ‘Patients are people too!’ Pip Hardy will offer a short (and hopefully sweet) insight into the power of storytelling to bring about transformational change in healthcare.
- Sarah Chaney will be re-imagining the founders of the Royal College of Nursing as superheroes and proving once and for all that old stuff is NOT boring”
- "Have you heard about the old couple having sex?" Dawne Garrett will be poetically and quizzically sharing her research about the sex lives of people aged seventy five to eighty five.
- Fiona Cowdell will be telling you the sad story of Billy: a little boy with eczema
- Can you image not being able to get fat? Claire Adams will be telling you about a rare condition which means the people affected can’t get fat, and what she is doing to help support patients with this rare condition.
- Andrew West knows very little about nursing, yet still he finds himself in the lineup for Nursing Showoff. Intrigued? All will be revealed (probably best not get your hopes up).
The event is an adaptation of the established Science Showoff concept. It is organized by the Royal College of Nursing, which represents nurses and supports work with the public and patients to pursue safety and effectiveness in practice, and funded by the ESRC as part of the 2016 Festival of Social Science.