Albury/Wodonga Nurses' Conference
- : Albury NSW 2640
Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to close gaps that in your knowledge and skills. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- Why is the focus away from the throughput of healthcare and towards the quality of the outcome?
- What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- The latest information about a range of current treatments
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Kate EmondCommunicating Within an Inter-professional Team
It is well known that the best work gets done in teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork - really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:
- Learn about your own communication style — Did you really say what you thought you said?
- Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
- Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
- Learn the dynamics of team communication
- The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
Dr Shailendra DassMinimal Trauma Fractures in the Older Person
A minimal trauma fracture is a fracture that is usually linked to osteoporosis. There may be no obvious cause of the fracture but they can severely impact on mobility, pain and activities of daily living, particularly in the older person. This session looks at this under-rated area of concern that has a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life if it is not addressed. Includes:
- Minor bumps causing major problems - how common?
- Why are minimal trauma fractures often 'invisible'?
- Where are the 'hot spots'?
- What does the evidence suggest are the most effective methods of preventing minimal trauma fractures in older people?
- Stopping the fracture cascade - preventing future fractures
10:30 MORNING TEA
Paul WarnerElectrocardiography: ECGs Explained
This session will review the basic underlying principles and the normal criteria for interpreting a 12 lead ECG. You will revise how to systematically read an ECG to determine and identify abnormalities and their significance. It will also explain the theory and practical application of the following concepts:
- Basic ECG principles - lead placement and key terms explained
- Criteria for normality of the different components of the ECG
- Determination of cardiac rate
- Normal R-wave progression and how to interpret the different QRS configurations
- Includes a practical component where you will have time to systematically analyse a normal 12 lead ECG
- How to measure cardiovascular risk
Paul WarnerIschaemic Heart Disease: Risk Factors and Modification
Patients being cared for in all areas may experience cardiac ischaemia due to a variety of underlying factors. In this session we will discuss the atherosclerotic process and how it relates to ischaemic heart disease. We will then take a look at the assessment and immediate nursing management of chest pain, including the current evidenced use of oxygen. You will also be given an opportunity to practice your ECG interpretation skills in the context of a patient with ischaemic heart disease. Includes:
- What are the modifiable and unmodifiable factors risk factors for heart disease?
- What are the complications of risk?
- How can we modify cardiac risk factors?
12:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Rebecca HumphreysCorrectly 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 dependant 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 when injecting 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?
Rebecca HumphreysPreventing Microvascular Complications of Diabetes
The microvascular complications of diabetes are profound and have long term debilitating effects. Diabetes education and patient self-management are essential to avoid and divert chronic complications and improve patient outcomes. This session looks in detail at these complications and focuses on nursing strategies including education that may contribute to improved outcomes for patients with the following conditions:
- Diabetic neuropathy
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Kate EmondSafety When Dealing With People On Ice
Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This session discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:
- What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ice)?
- How do you protect:
- The person
- The public
- How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
- Body language and personal safety to stay safe and reduce need for chemical and physical restraints
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Dr Mandy HobbsMobilisation Post Joint Surgery
The importance of mobilisation following any surgery, particularly joint surgery cannot be underestimated. Moving should not be focused just on ‘the joint’ but for the whole person and their overall return to health. As well, nurses know the significance of mobilisation to prevent postoperative complications such as chest infections and DVT/PE. This practical session will look how to safely mobilise patients following joint surgery in accordance with the best available evidence that supports recovery and rehabilitation. Includes:
- Why move - a look at the evidence supporting early mobilisation for recovery
- Moving safely - tips for nurses to assist patients to safely transfer post-operatively and reduce risk of falls
- What to say to overcome obstacles to moving e.g reluctance and poor motivation
- When not to move: are there exceptions?
Lesley LewisPrevention of Infection with Central Venous Access Devices
Central venous access devices (CVADs) are essential in many acute care settings. However, their use in the community is also becoming more frequent. The type of catheter involved, its placement and management are essential to reduce the risk of complications such as thrombosis as well as promote longevity of lines. This session reviews key considerations relating to the management of CVADs and includes:
- Review of devices - what goes where?
- Peripheral IV devices
- Central venous access devices (CVCs and PICCs)
- Catheter selection - choosing appropriate devices
- Complications - during and following insertion
- Management principles - blood sampling, flushing, medication/fluid administration and dressing and line changes
- Common troubleshooting tips
10:45 MORNING TEA
Anne PattersonTidal Flow: Assessing and Managing Urinary Incontinence
In Australia, many people live with the devastating consequences of bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence. A complete approach to assessment is fundamental if management is to be achieved. This session looks at:
- Assessing the individual - looking for more than just the causes
- What's wrong? How to interpret if urinary incontinence is a symptom or disease
- Practical evidence based management strategies
Carol ChanUsing Medicines to Manage Pain
Analgesics represent a cornerstone of pain management. These medications are frequently administered by nurses. Analgesia may be administered in many forms and different types have varied modes and durations of action. The complex and wide variety of analgesia agents means nurses must feel confident that they understand this commonly administered class of medication. This session provides an update on an important area of practice. Includes:
- What are the most common types of analgesics and other medications that may be prescribed for reducing pain?
- What are the benefits and risks of each type of analgesia?
- Ointment, patch, tablet or pump? Common issues to assess for, e.g. side effects, complications
- What to do when the analgesia is not working
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Steven PitmanPain Management in Palliative Care: Best Practice Management
For patients receiving palliative care, maintaining relationships and continuing normal daily activities are just as important, if not more so, than symptom control. In this session:
- Adopting a systematic whole-of-person approach
- Administering regular analgesia
- Use of appropriate adjunctive therapies
- Connecting with the client and their family
Caitlin SilvesterNutrition in the Older Hospitalised Person: Latest Information
Nutrition has made headlines in the national media and the nursing press in recent years. When people are ill, older and vulnerable then nutrition becomes even more critical in recovery. In this session:
- Nutritional and the older person: What’s best?
- Current evidence based guidelines
- The nursing role in ensuring adequate nutrition for older adults
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Kate EmondWellbeing 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. Topics for discussion in this final session include:
- Enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care
- Should this be considered part of professional development
- Sustaining wellbeing across the day and going home healthy
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Safety and quality are essential and are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information in regard to the nursing care you provide is a given no matter where you work. This is a time when:
- Health care budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Throughput is no longer the goal of care and is being replaced with quality outcomes.
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 practice topics that will improve how you deliver 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 relating to specific nursing interventions
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice and recognised standards and guidelinesPresenters
Kate Emond is the postgraduate stream coordinator for mental health and a lecturer at La Trobe University. She has a ... Read More
Dr Shailendra Dass is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Albury/Wodonga. ... Read More
Paul Warner is a Registered Nurse currently working as a lecturer at Charles Sturt University Albury Wodonga Campus, a position ... Read More
Rebecca is a Registered Nurse and Credentialed Diabetes Educator, and has over 10 years experience. Her career started at the ... Read More
Dr Mandy Hobbs graduated 30 years ago as a physiotherapist working in Melbourne until 1999 in the public Health sector ... Read More
Lesley Lewis is a Regional Infection Control Consultant in the Hume Region of Victoria supporting the infection control programs in ... Read More
Anne Patterson, BAppSc Occupational Therapy, BAppSc Physiotherapy, PostGradDipManipTherapy, APA Titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist. Anne currently works in private practice ... Read More
Carol Chan graduated from Charles Sturt University with a pharmacy degree in 2005. She worked as a clinical pharmacist ... Read More
Steven Pitman is a Nurse Practitioner Candidate with East Hume Region Palliative Care, employed by Albury Wodonga Health. Steven has ... Read More
Caitlin Silvester has worked as a Dietitian for 37 years of which the last 14 year has been primarily with ... Read More