Airlie Beach Nurses' Conference
- : Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- What nursing interventions make a difference, especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Getting “Buy-In” from Your Patients
Many nurses feel a shared sense of frustration that, despite the health education they can provide, patients resist taking advice and making changes to their health. Are we going about health promotion in the wrong way? Are our needs being met rather than our patients? Sometimes we may be too eager to provide useful, practical tips to our patients. Despite our best intentions, are we failing to see what matters most to our patients? Is it time to use our reputation as one of the most trusted professions to go back to basics and build a meaningful relationship with our patients? From here, anything is possible, right? Let’s discuss:
- The power of unconditional positive regard
- How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
- Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
- Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour
β-blockers: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Beta-adrenergic blocking agents have been available for many years, with some people having been continuously prescribed these medicines for a generation or more. This poses a range of challenges for nurses who must stay up-to-date on these commonly prescribed medicines. This session will address the following issues:
- Recent changes to the guidelines for the management of hypertension
- Evidence regarding the efficacy of beta-blockers
- The role of beta-blockers in heart failure
- Contraindications (e.g. asthma, COPD, and diabetes) and toxicity
- Adverse effects of beta-blockers
- How to withdraw someone from beta-blockers and the risks
10:30 MORNING TEA
Older People and Medicines
As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. In this session, you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is essential. It includes a note on distractions at the drug trolley and explores:
- Metabolism and medicines – how we change
- Medication delivery mechanisms – does one size fit all?
- What are the dangers in crushing medicines – are there other options?
- What are the top ten interactions to watch for?
Correctly Injecting Insulin: The Facts
It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependent as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin and includes:
- What is the correct method to use to inject insulin?
- If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
- What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
- How is lipohypertrophy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
- How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Beating Burnout in its Tracks
Stress reduction is front and centre in today's fast-paced health environments. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is considered to be one of the most stressful jobs as a result of long hours and the need for critical decision-making. Therefore, the potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This session considers:
- What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
- What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Wellbeing in Nurses: Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?
The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. This final session explores enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care and includes:
- Whether wellbeing should this be considered a part of professional development
- How to sustain wellbeing across the day to go home healthy
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Leadership from the Front: What Does This Mean to You?
Leading nursing staff can be an exciting and rewarding role. Many leaders inspire and motivate with a humanistic approach that engages staff at the coalface and encourages young leaders to develop. In this session, you will hear stories about the human face of real-life leadership and what this means for everyday nursing staff in regional centres.
Maintaining Quality of Care: What Happens In Times of Crisis?
Maintaining the quality of nursing care can be challenging at any given moment. There is an imperative to meet current best-practice standards, ensure the quality of life health outcomes for patients are met and that everyday standards are achieved for accreditation purposes. In this session you will hear about the challenges of maintaining the quality of care standards in times of crisis and what this means for nursing staff when regional centres are devastated by climatic events.
10:30 MORNING TEA
Not Taking the Problem Home: Overcoming Worry and Anxiety
When a person or an incident “gets under your skin” it can be a source of constant worry. This can distort your perceptions and make you unhappy and distressed. This session will look at:
- What is the difference between worry and anxiety?
- How can you stop worrying?
- What can you do to become less anxious?
- How does our state of being impact on our decision-making ability?
Pre-Diabetes: A Window of Opportunity?
The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but it leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes. Find out the latest information about pre-diabetes, including:
- What is it and how is it diagnosed?
- Who gets it?
- What education can a nurse provide to patients in order to prevent pre-diabetes from developing into type II diabetes?
- What are the dietary friends and foes?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Hearing loss is frequently preventable, yet most Australians see it as a normal part of ageing. Many Australians live with some degree of hearing loss. However, experts believe that the cause of this loss comes down to lifestyle choices. In this session, we explore:
- What are the different types of hearing loss?
- How can hearing loss be prevented?
- What are the best treatment and management options?
- What is the role of the audiologist?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Lesley Storkey & Mike Storkey
Healthy Relationships within the Workplace
This session promotes healthy relationships within the workplace and includes:
- What are key factors that encourage healthy relationships?
- Why is this important for managing people effectively?
- What can you do if things go wrong?
4:15 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Safety and quality are both essential to nursing practice and these are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information, in regard to the nursing care you provide, is an imperative no matter where you work. This is a time when:
- Health care budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high value care to people that is outcome focused. Addressing emerging gaps in knowledge through up-to-date information is crucial if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved.
Purpose of Program
This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.
Your learning outcomes:
People in your care with health risks will receive preventative nursing action to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific nursing interventions
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines
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