Ballarat Nurses' Conference
- : Ballarat VIC 3350
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location 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?
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Craig MaloneyWhy Do Nurses Get Stuck in a Rut?
Do you feel overwhelmed and consumed by the cumulative level of stress in your working life? When the feeling of drowning in stress occurs, burnout and compassion fatigue may gradually follow. It is obvious that we, as nurses, may need to accept the fact that this is occurring and find ways to fix it. This session will look at why it is important to acknowledge unhappiness and understand how and why it evolves. Introductory questions to consider:
- Am I in a career rut?
- What are the definitions of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue?
- What levels of stress should I reasonably accept as part and parcel of nursing?
- When does stress become unhealthy?
TBAMedication Update: Existing and New Oral Anticoagulants
Medications remain one of the cornerstones of preventing and treating blood clots. Medicines that affect the blood and prevent clotting are frequently administered by nurses, yet there are many potential complications of usage. Understanding the mechanism of these regularly used medicines is paramount to providing safe patient care. This session will review some important clinical considerations, including the use of reversal agents associated with these medicines. This session discusses:
- Antiplatelet agents, e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel
- Anticoagulant agents, e.g. warfarin
- Evidence for novel classes of anticoagulants
10:45 MORNING TEA
Fran PearceThe Nurse Health Coach
Are you someone who gets a real kick out of seeing a patient have an “ah-ha!” moment? Do you have an amazing ability to connect well with patients? Have you ever thought about putting your talents to good use and becoming a health coach? We, as nurses, wear many hats in our role, and health coaching is now increasingly seen as a part of nursing and a potential new horizon for nurses to explore professionally. This session will open your mind to the possibility of being a “nurse health coach” and how you can apply your passion for your patients to help guide them towards better health.
Fran PearceThe Delirium Problem: Can it be Prevented?
Delirium is a common syndrome in hospitalised older adults and is associated with increased mortality, hospital costs, and long-term cognitive and functional impairment. Symptoms of delirium are shared by dementia and can easily go unrecognised. In this session, using case scenarios, your ability to identify delirium vulnerability within an acute care setting will be tested. This session includes:
- What are the greatest risks for the onset of delirium in older people admitted to hospital?
- What are the signs of delirium in acute care?
- How can you recognise risk factors in routine screening for delirium: the sixth vital sign?
- How can delirium be prevented?– The multi-component evidence for nursing management.
- What are the undesired outcomes of delirium?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Fran PearceAdvances In Arthroplasty
The surgical treatment of joints has made advances in recent years. Total Hip Arthroplasty is an effective treatment for many end-stage hip conditions. In this session you will hear about the most recent research and updates on this surgical intervention for hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasty.
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Craig MaloneySick Bodies and Fragmented Minds
It is important to seek clarity in mental health and mental illness, in knowing the differences between eccentric, attention-seeking, and mentally disturbed behaviours. The impact of negative nursing attitudes toward patients with mental illness can be prevented when this understanding is clear. This session considers what can be done to convert these attitudes into positive perspectives and helpful communications:
- What would make you suspect that someone in your care might be exhibiting symptoms of mental instability?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Barbara WhiteType II Diabetes: Medication Update
Oral medicines for Type II diabetes are frequently administered by nurses but can often be misunderstood. The risks to safety that medications can pose if incorrectly administered must be understood. As such, this session we will provide an overview of current medication treatments for optimum Type II diabetes management. It includes tips for safe medication administration and discusses:
- What are the differences in oral medications?
- When might each type be required?
- How is the type of oral medication selected?
- What side effects and interactions do you need to be aware of?
Barbara WhiteDiabetes Self-Management – What Does this Mean?
People with diabetes must incorporate lifestyle, nutritional, and medication routines into their everyday life. It is important for them to develop self-management strategies that improve health and wellbeing. In this session, we look at:
- Diabetes distress: What it means and how it affects people with diabetes
- Person-centred care: How to work with people
- The nursing role in supporting people with diabetes
10:45 MORNING TEA
Darren RiggonMaking the Most of Clinical Supervision
Clinical supervision supports nurses. It enables them to be more confident and to reflect on their clinical practice. This session looks at modern aspects of clinical supervision and considers:
- How does clinical supervision work?
- Who can be a supervisor?
- How can we monitor outcomes of clinical supervision?
Darren RiggonClinical Leadership: The Problem of Ignorance and the Power of Knowing
Do you have a spirit of enquiry that ensures you can find out what is the best way to care for people, or are you following worn-out policies and procedures that bear little resemblance to best practice? In this session, you will learn quick and easy ways to discover new knowledge, including:
- What to look for
- Where to look for the answers - including collecting your own data
- Using time to save time
- Why you need to do this!
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Jude McKindley-HodgeCognitive Ergonomics: Challenges to Nursing
Cognitive ergonomics relates to the perceptual and cognitive challenges that come with the greater use of technology and pressure at work. Nurses may have associated "ergonomics" previously only with manual handling of equipment and patients. In this session, learn about:
- The role of emotional work as an important human factor linked with work-related stress impacting on nursing performance
- How these factors can be assessed
- How these factors can be integrated with Occupational Health and Safety legislative requirements
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Craig MaloneyBeating Burnout in its Tracks
Stress reduction is front and centre in today's fast-paced health environment. 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 risk potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This final session of the conference will practice some deep breathing and relaxation strategies that could benefit you and your patients. We will consider:
- What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
- What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
4:15 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
- Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.
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 with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelinesPresenters
Craig Maloney has a master of mental health nursing and graduate qualifications in child and adolescent mental health, group work, ...Read More
Fran Pearce is currently employed as an education coordinator at a large metropolitan teaching hospital. She has extensive experience in ... Read More
Barbara White is a highly qualified diabetes educator who works as the Director of Specialised Diabetes Services, a private company ... Read More
Darren Riggon is a casual academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. His clinical supervision interests ...Read More
Jude McKindley-Hodge has worked for many years in vocational rehabilitation in Ballarat, performing worksite assessments and providing advice on accommodation ... Read More
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