Aged Care: Clinical Nursing Skills
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
Includes: Falls; Fractures; Geriatric Clinical Assessment; Legal Considerations; Dealing with Complaints; Delirium; Diabetes Management and much, much more ...Overview
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
Nursing older people often requires a broad knowledge base to support the complex care needs of the elderly. High quality clinical education is needed on a regular basis in order to ensure best practice in aged care, and this also provides an opportunity for nurses to compare and contrast their professional practices.Purpose of Program
The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum for nurses to enhance and update their knowledge in relation to clinical aged care. This seminar will provide education that supports clinical decision making and best practice in nursing care of older people who often have complex needs.Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
9:00amDementia, Delirium and Depression: The Three D's
Speaker - Tara Quirke
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
11:00amDeterioration - Early Detection and Assessment of the Older Person
Speaker - Tara Quirke
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?
- Physiological indicators of deterioration
- Early interventions for common causes of deterioration in the older person
12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking
1:30pmContinence Management in Aged Care
Speaker - Karen Matthews
Many older people experience incontinence and nurses need to be aware of the latest evidence in the management of incontinence and promoting continence.
- Causes of incontinence, common disease processes and the pathophysiology
- Promoting continence, minimising environmental, pharmacological and chronic disease impacts
- Urinary incontinence management, types of urinary incontinence and frequent urinary tract infections
- Faecal incontinence management
- Skin protection and potential effects of incontinence on the integumentary system
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
3:30pmContinence Management In Aged Care
Speaker - Karen Matthews
Session to continue.
4:30pm - Close of Day One of ProgramDay Two
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
9:00amWound Care, Assessment and Management
Speaker - Kim Kaim
While wound care is a complex area, this session will provide a brief overview, an update of the latest in evidence-based practice and an opportunity to discuss wound assessment and management techniques.
- Why do chronic wounds occur in aged care?
- Prevention strategies
- Assessment of chronic wounds
- Dressing selection and other management techniques
- Pain management for the older person with a chronic wound
- Infected wounds
- Skin tears
- Pressure injury prevention
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
11:00amDocumentation and Wound Management
Speaker - Kim Kaim
Documentation is an essential component of wound management. Knowing what to document and when, as well as ensuring appropriate documentation in relation to incidents and plans of care is essential for evidence-based wound management that prevents complications and promotes healing.
- Assessment tools used to in wound management
- Wound care charts - knowing write to write when
- How do I describe what a wound looks like in progress notes?
- Reporting incidents relating to poor wound management
11:45pmMedicines and the Older Person
Speaker - Debbie Rigby
There are many added risks related to administering medicines to the older person. These include age related physiological changes, cognitive changes and socioeconomic factors. Taking a full history and ongoing assessment are integral to medication administration in aged care.
- What are the key issues in administering medicines to the older person?
- Why is this group more vulnerable to adverse outcomes?
- How does health literacy affect safety?
- What socioeconomic factors might impact?
- Medicines in many forms and the practical implications
- Legal implications and duty of care in refusal or non adherence
- Alternative medicines and interactions
12:45pm - Lunch Break and Networking
1:30pm'Hurts so Bad...' Pain Assessment in Older People
Speaker - Dale Long
Evidence suggests that good control of pain assists people to live longer. However, good control relies on accurate assessment. This session looks at best practice pain assessment for older people and provides up-to-date information about:
- Crucial aspects of history-taking in older people
- Special considerations for gauging pain e.g. dementia, dysphasia
- Which tools work best and does one size fit all?
- Interpreting and acting on your findings
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
3:30pmInfection Prevention and Surveillance
Speaker - Joan Faoagali
A brief overview of some of the key issues in infection prevention and surveillance in aged care settings, including:
- Common infections in aged care
- The most significant risks to health care workers and residents and strategies to prevent infection
- Clean procedures vs sterile procedures
- The importance of handwashing
4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Tara is a Registered Nurse with over 38 years' nursing experience and has held several senior management and educational positions, both in Australia and South Africa. For the past 17 years she has specialised in aged care. She is particularly passionate about ensuring people living with dementia have their personal, civil and legal rights upheld. Tara currently works as a Care Advisor for a large not-for-profit aged care organisation in Queensland. In addition she is an Aged Care Quality Assessor, the Queensland consultant for a national project managed through the University of Wollongong's Dementia Training Study Centre focusing on principles of dementia-friendly designs for hospitals and residential facilities. She is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care and an active member of the Consumer Dementia Research Network established by Alzheimer's Australia (Canberra). This group ensures consumers have a voice in ensuring any research funded through Alzheimer's Australia will make a difference for people living with dementia and/or their carers. Tara has two Master's Degrees (Clinical Nursing - Gerontology, and Mental Health) and she holds additional qualifications in education, management, midwifery and community nursing. Tara was the primary carer for her dad who was diagnosed with dementia at 68 years old. He lived with her and her husband for 14 years until he died in 2011.
Karen Matthews is a Continence Nurse Advisor and the manager of Blue Care Continence Advisory Service, Brisbane. She assists people with complex continence needs, and provides continence care education for health care workers as well as service providers and community groups. Karen facilitates the Blue Care/ University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery, Continence Advisors Course. Karen is an active member of Continence Nurses Society Australia Queensland Branch and is the current President of Continence Foundation Australia, Queensland Branch. She has attended National CFA Conferences and International Continence Society annual meetings. The promotion of continence is her passion.
Antoinet Staneke is employed as an Enrolled Nurse Advanced Practice in a Brisbane Metropolitan Hospital. She works in a team that provides clinical expertise and quality risk management in the coordination, maintenance, evaluation and education of high use medical equipment, care of the bariatric patient, intravenous medication safety, pressure injury prevention, falls prevention and management. A significant focus of her role is the coordination of equipment, managing the database, care of the bariatric patient and the management of hoist and slings within the Hospital. Antoinet is a member and facilitator of the Bariatric Management working group and member of QBIG (Queensland Bariatric Interest Group). She is a Patient Handling Lead trainer and has presented at Bariatric and Manual Handling conferences.
Kim has a Master’s degree in wound care from Monash and is currently a CNC Wound Management within the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service District. The Wound Team supports complex wound care at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Robina Hospital and the Carrara Health Service. Kim is also an active member of the AWMA committee and chaired the 2015 State conference. Kim spent several years working rurally and has a passion for supporting rural health professionals with understanding modern wound care principles and translating evidence into practice. To this end she maintains close ties with TROHPIQ (Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals in Queensland) and supports them with face-to-face, hands-on training and web-based education materials. As a hobby, Kim also designs web applications and mobile apps supporting wound management.
Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Queensland she has obtained a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Pharmacy and certification as an Asthma Educator. Debbie is a Director on the NPS MedicineWise Board (National Prescribing Service) and Chair of the SHPA Accredited Pharmacist Reference Group. Other appointments include the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council, Natural Therapies Review Advisory Committee and APC Advanced Practice Credentialling Committee. Debbie conducts Home Medicine Reviews in collaboration with GPs in a medical centre. In 2001 Debbie was awarded the PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year, in 2002 the PSA Qld Bowl of Hygeia and in 2008 was the inaugural recipient of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist Award.
Dale Long is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various cancer care, palliative care and pain management roles in inpatient and domiciliary settings for the past 25 years, in both Victoria and Queensland. She is an experienced presenter with a strong commitment to educating nurses to improve the quality of pain management delivered to patients. Dale is a Member of the Australian Pain Society.
Joan Faoagali qualified as a specialist pathologist in Dunedin, NZ, and has had roles including Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She also has a Diploma in Clinical Pathology which required that she be competent in all branches of pathology. Joan has extensive experience teaching nurses, scientists and medical students and has multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, as well as overseas appointments. Joan was the RCPA State Councillor for Queensland for six years and the Chief Examiner in microbiology for the RCPA for six years. She has an interest in clinical research and has over 100 published papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is particularly interested in the prudent use of antibiotics, prevention of cross infection, vaccination and the appropriate use and interpretation of pathology tests. Joan enjoys teaching and encouraging others to achieve their potential.