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Aged Care: Clinical Nursing Skills

  • : Albury NSW 2640


Includes: Falls; Fractures; Geriatric Clinical Assessment; Legal Considerations; Dealing with Complaints; Delirium; Diabetes Management and much, much more ...



As a nurse, you have a vital role to play in implementing and advocating for the health and wellbeing of older people. By attending this seminar you will:

  • Discover modern treatments of conditions associated with ageing
  • Learn practical skills to take back to your workplace and implement immediately
  • Gain confidence in your practice
  • Find out what other nurses are doing for older people in their practice settings


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

    This morning's sessions will be presented by Jo Callen


    Dementia, Delirium and Depression: The ‘Three D’s’

    “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


    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 Lois Rowan


    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 Presenter: Amanda Wynne


    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.

    Amanda Wynne

    Amanda Wynne

    Amanda is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, family violence, mental health, health profession disciplinary panels, coronial inquests, victims of crime, and guardianship and administration regarding the elderly. Amanda also holds nursing qualifications and is an experienced general nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse, last practising in May 2009. She regularly presents pertinent legal seminars to the nursing profession.

    Lois Rowan

    Lois Rowan

    Lois Rowan is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Nurse Practitioner. Lois is currently working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as Diabetes Nurse Practitioner. She also works at the Victorian Endocrine Clinic as well as a number of medical centres and a pharmacy across Melbourne. For the past 13 years, Lois has worked for HARP (Hospital Admission Risk Program). Also, Lois has spent the last 7 years on the on the Australian Diabetes Educators of Australia credentialing committee. Lois is also an Ambassador Speaker for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

    Jo Callen

    Jo Callen

    Jo is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in education. She has worked in clinical leadership positions and in neuroscience and dementia care. Jo's qualifications include a Diploma in Adult Education and she is passionate about ongoing vocational education.

Aged Care: Clinical Nursing Skills
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Albury NSW 2640
Hotel IBIS - Therry Street, 15-21 Therry Street
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