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Aged Care: Clinical Nursing Skills

  • : Melbourne VIC 3001



Aged Care Clinical Nursing Skills provides clinically-based education for nurses working with older people. This includes a wide range of topics such as cognitive impairment, deterioration, incontinence, wound care, medicines and documentation.

This seminar addresses a gap in clinical education for those working in aged care, and those who frequently or occasionally care for older people. This seminar forms a good foundation for further specialist education, while providing an overview of all of the critical issues in aged care today.

Caring for older people is complex and challenging due to increasing frailty, the burden of chronic disease, polypharmacy, the increasing lifespan and many other factors. If you need an update on how to provide the best, evidence-based care to older people, this seminar is ideal for you.


Need for Program

Most nurses care for older people in the course of their day-to-day work, no matter the setting in which they practice. As people age they require increasingly complex nursing care if quality of life and independence are to be maintained. Nurses need ongoing access to current information to meet the complex healthcare needs of older people in today’s society.

Purpose of Program

This seminar provides a forum for nurses to enhance and improve their clinical practice so as to achieve best outcomes when nursing the older person.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Complete a relevant assessment of an older person
  • Describe three clinical conditions that are common in older people and correlate this to best practice nursing care
  • Promote independence and dignity of older people through relevant nursing practices
  • Implement nursing interventions that counter the unwanted side effects of therapeutic medicines
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments

    The opening session will be presented by Cheryl Donohue


    Dementia, Delirium and Depression: The 'Three Ds'

    'Problem behaviours' are often attributed to dementia, however performing a comprehensive assessment to determine the cause of cognitive impairment or changes can lead to more effective treatment and management, and ultimately improved outcomes for the older person.

    • Dementia: the characteristics, causes and gathering information through assessment
    • Available treatments for dementia
    • Differentiating delirium from dementia, identifying causes and appropriate management
    • Depression, how can this be differentiated and are we overprescribing antidepressants?
    • Treatment options for depression
    • Dealing with specific problem behaviours
    • Communication and cognitive impairment

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee

    This session will be presented by Leanne Boase


    Deterioration - Early Detection and Assessment of the Older Person

    Deterioration in the older person can occur rapidly and signs are not always obvious. The cornerstone of identification of deterioration is nursing assessment

    • Key nursing assessment principles in aged care
    • The importance of baseline assessment
    • Holistic assessment and person-centred care
    • Challenges with collecting and making sense of assessment data
    • Who is at greatest risk of deterioration?
    • Dealing with specific problem behaviours
    • Physiological indicators of deterioration
    • Early interventions for common causes of deterioration in the older person

    12.30pm - Lunch and Networking

    This afternoon's sessions will be presented by Evelyn Boyce


    Diabetes: Managing the Highs and the Lows

    This session will provide an update on the latest evidence surrounding modern diabetes management. Includes:

    • Definition of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia
    • Causes of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia
    • Treatment of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia


    Fasting and Diabetes

    In people with diabetes, fasting can often disrupt what may be normally well controlled blood glucose levels. The potential for hypoglycemia is increased, which can often cause patient anxiety. This session will update your knowledge of best practice in caring for a person with diabetes who is fasting. Includes:

    • Considerations for fasting in hospital
    • Ramadan and other cultural or religious reasons for fasting in people with diabetes

    3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Modern Medication For Diabetes

    This final session of the seminar is designed to refresh your knowledge of the modern medicines used in people who have diabetes. Gain confidence in your knowledge of these commonly used medicines and apply to your practice immediately. Includes:

    • Different pathways for medications for diabetes
    • Considerations when choosing medications
    • Medication escalation

    4:00pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    This morning's sessions will be presented by Fran Pearce


    The Problem with Falls: A Prevention Strategy

    Accidental falls are a common feature in hospital patients and people of advancing age. In the community falls contribute significantly to hospital admissions. This can result in serious health problems or even death. Nurses are well positioned to drive change in risk minimisation and fall prevention. This sessions includes:

    • The problem with falls - the extent, risk factors, and impacts
    • The keys to prevention - screening, assessment, planning and education
    • National guidelines and NQSHS Standard 10
    • Reporting and incident management


    Recognition of Fractures Following Falls

    This session reviews the common fractures that occur as a result of an older person falling to the ground. Includes:

    • Rapid identification of likely fractured neck of femur
    • Identification of likely fractures
    • Fractures of the arms and wrists etc
    • Head and spinal injuries
    • Nursing responses to possible fractures

    10:45am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    Reintroducing Mobility

    There are two possible circumstances that occur after a person has fallen. This relates to whether the person will require surgical intervention or not. This session will look at both situations. Includes:

    • Routine post surgical rehabilitation of an older person
    • Special considerations e.g. lack of confidence
    • Pain control and its side effects
    • When a person also has cognitive impairment
    • Correct use of equipment

    12:15pm - Lunch and Networking

    This afternoon's sessions will be presented by Pierre Baume


    Legal Considerations When Nursing Older People

    This is a general session that will discuss the ever-present shadow of the law and it’s application when those in your care are old, frail and/or vulnerable. Topics include:

    • A discussion of the legal consideration 'Duty of Care' and your responsibilities
    • Mandatory reporting
    • Omitting to provide care - e.g. when a person with diabetes is not properly reviewed and monitored
    • Using restraint or locking doors to prevent a person from leaving a residential facility etc.


    Incidents and Reporting

    Documentation is an essential component of aged care. Knowing what to document and when, as well as ensuring appropriate documentation in relation to incidents and health care errors is essential. Includes:

    • Progress notes, what to write and when, and who should write them?
    • Incidents and adverse events that should be reported
    • What type of incidents must be reported?
    • Documentation requirements for incident reports
    • The legal issues surrounding incident reporting

    2:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Dealing with Complaints Correctly

    It is inevitable that complaints will occur in relation to your workplace. The manner in which complaints are handled has a implications for how the issue(s) are resolved. This session will take you step-by-step through appropriate and required processes that result in best outcomes. Find out:

    • The correct way to deal with complaints
    • The function of the regulatory authorities

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce is currently employed as an Education Coordinator at Austin Health. She has extensive experience in orthopaedic nursing, including Orthopaedic Case Management and Nurse Unit Management in both Australia and Northern Ireland. Fran regularly lectures on the topic of orthopaedics and is consistently highly evaluated by those who attend her sessions.

Leanne Boase

Leanne Boase

Leanne is currently working as a Nurse Practitioner and Business Manager in her own private practice in Melbourne. She also consults as a Nurse Practitioner and Business Advisor through her consulting business. She is an executive member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners - Victorian Chapter, and a former branch councillor for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation - Victorian Branch. Her qualifications include a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and a Master of Health Science Education. Leanne has a love of learning, as well as teaching. Her clinical skills are diverse and she regularly lectures on a range of healthcare topics. Leanne has a special interest in paediatric eczema and advanced practice skills.

Evelyn Boyce

Evelyn Boyce

Evelyn Boyce is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, RN Div 1. She has been working in Diabetes Education for the last 7 years. She currently works as a CDE in Community Health at NRCH, and in private practice with various GP clinics. She is passionate about health promotion and diabetes education. Evelyn has been involved in Nursing education for over 15 years, previously part of the academic staff, lecturing at Latrobe University, ACU and hase also taught into the post graduate Diabetes education Course at Mayfield, and the Div 2 course.

Pierre Baume

Pierre Baume

Pierre is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and practises in the areas of health law, family law and commercial law. He has also worked as a senior academic in several universities across Australia. Until 2012 he was a senior academic at Monash University where he taught mental health, law and ethics. Pierre is a Director of the St Kilda Legal Service and past vice chair of the Mental Health Legal Centre. Prior to joining the Victorian Bar, Pierre spent 25 years in the health industry both as clinician and administrator. He is the founding director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, and Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Griffith University. He has published and presented over 100 papers nationally and internationally.

Cheryl Donohue

Cheryl Donohue

Cheryl Donohue is an Aged Care Nurse Practitioner currently employed in a major public hospital in Melbourne. She holds a Master degree in Nursing and in 2010 was the second nurse practitioner in Victoria to be endorsed in the area of Aged Care. Cheryl has many years of experience working closely with people who have dementia and their families and sees people across the continuum of care whether that is within the hospital setting, at home or in Residential Aged Care. Cheryl is a keen advocate for advancing nursing practice, with experience in a variety of fields, such as breast cancer and dementia research, palliative care, indigenous health, aged care and education having taught at Monash, Queensland and La Trobe University.

Aged Care: Clinical Nursing Skills
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Melbourne VIC 3001
Hotel IBIS - Therry Street, 15-21 Therry Street
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