Brisbane Nurses' Conference
- : Brisbane QLD 4001
Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health
Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, the need to keep up-to-date with current evidence is imperative. Attend this conference and discover:
- What are the emerging health priorities that affect you now and in the future?
- How can you implement preventive health strategies and improve patient outcomes?
- What can you do to minimise the impact of certain conditions?
- What is the latest evidence on a range of current treatments?
- How can you deliver the best patient-centred care?
Attend this local Nurses’ Conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills and practice.
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Making the Planets Align - Nurses Shaping the Patient Experience
The 21st century demands a new approach to ensuring health outcomes are achieved. The patient is the centre of care and this demands new ways of thinking about practice, which include:
- Increasing professional accountability
- An emphasis on measurable, high quality, safe care
- Greater transparency for healthcare actions
- Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice
This introductory session sets the scene for this conference.
Hot Bodies: The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis
Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:
- Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
- How does sepsis cause hypotension?
- The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that attention is warranted
- Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?
10:30 MORNING TEA
What is the Fracture Cascade?
It is known that once a person has a minimal trauma fracture they are at increased risk for further breaks. This is known as the fracture cascade. The fracture cascade risk can occur over a long period of time and men appear to be at greater risk for repeat fractures than women. This session looks at:
- How common is the fracture cascade?
- How do the original fracture locations influence the future risk?
- What are the implications for nursing care?
- When are surgical interventions indicated?
Physical Health Promotion in People with a Mental Illness
A range of factors associated with a diagnosis of mental illness people vulnerable to a multitude of physical health complications. As providers of patient-centred care that encapsulates the person's physical and mental health, health professionals must be capable of recognising and responding to physical health issues in a person with a mental illness. This session will shine a spotlight on physical health in chronic mental illness and includes:
- What characteristics of chronic mental illness may leave a person prone to poor physical health outcomes?
- Quick head to toe assessment - what do I need to look for?
- Communicating physical health concerns sensitively - how can this be achieved?
- Preventative strategies to keep a person out of institutions and acute care settings
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Polypharmacy and the Prescribing Cascade
The use of medicines in older people is fraught with potential dangers. Prescribing of medicines increases as people age and the chances of interactions and unwanted side effects are greater. This session informs you of current trends in prescribing and alerts you to the special considerations of pharmacotherapeutics in older people. Includes:
- Significant risks and adverse medicine events
- Ageing effects on pharmacokinetics
- Common culprit medicines to watch out for
- Periodic reviews of medicines and their role in the prescribing cascade
Non-Invasive Ventilation - Clinical Application Made Easy
Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) isn't just confined to acute care settings. A wider scope of practice and a desire to manage more acutely ill patients away from acute care settings demands that a basic understanding of NIV is part of every nurse's tool kit. This session will provide a comprehensive introduction to NIV and includes:
- Quick recap of relevant anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
- Key concept - what is the difference between oxygenation and ventilation?
- Types of NIV and indications for use e.g. continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and biphasic positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
- Practical strategies to assist with the introduction and management of NIV in clinical practice
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Recovering From Falls - Restoring Health in the Older Person
Despite a huge focus on the prevention of falls, particularly in older people, sadly it is inevitable that accidental falls will continue to occur. The serious health problems relating to falls can be very traumatic for an older person. This session will focus on a range of evidence-based considerations that are imperative for promoting patient outcomes following a fall. Includes:
- Root cause analysis and informing family members
- Venous-thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis while immobile - what is recommended?
- Medication review following falls - is this always needed?
- Psychosocial care of the person in distress - tips for building confidence
- Reintroducing mobility aids - when is this best done?
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Healthcare Settings and Unavoidable Changes
Change in the healthcare workplace should be regarded as inevitable. A 'big picture' consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions about which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. The session aims to build confidence when implementing change and seeks to:
- Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
- Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to certain types of proposed changes / innovations
Pathology of Blood: What Actually Happens in the Lab?
'Sending off bloods' is a common task of the nurse. A blood tube is filled up, sent off, then appears as a set of results on a piece of paper shortly afterwards. This session aims to bring nurses up to date on what actually happens when bloods are taken. Includes:
- Indications for taking bloods
- Review of commonly ordered blood tests (APTT, INR, FBE)
- Drawing order: why does this matter?
- Inside a pathology laboratory: a scientist's guide
10:30 MORNING TEA
Coping with New Technology - A Practical Approach
It is well recognised that many aspects of technology represent huge potential for improvements to patient outcomes. As frontline healthcare workers, nurses are vital in developing, testing and educating patients on technology. This interesting session will help bring you up to date on a range of issues, including:
- What technologies are changing health care?
- How can nurses use technology with ease in their day to day practice?
- Update on Personal Electronic Health Records - what will this mean for nurses?
Good Data, Better Information; Great Knowledge and Improved Clinical Decisions
Data is a term that's said a lot but what does it actually mean in health care, particularly for nurses? What opportunities currently exist for improving quality clinical decisions with data? Find out how to realistically incorporate data into your practice and discover the benefits to patient outcomes. Includes:
- How to tap into and use the resources of data that already exist
- Examining good data and best data
- Big benefits of data
12:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Judith Dean
HIV - An Update for Nurses
Despite many improvements in health promotion and awareness surrounding HIV, alarmingly it continues to be a problem in Australia. Models of care and treatment are continually changing to meet the needs of those at risk, as well as those living with HIV. In exploring the contemporary discussion about HIV, topics will include:
- How is HIV different now to what it used to be?
- Are previous fear campaigns to blame?
- What are current, effective health promotion strategies?
- Preventing risks of transmission among healthcare workers
- Misinformation - myths of HIV
Creating a Healthy Culture in Nursing
Some workplaces thrive as healthy and wonderful places to work but why is this so? This session examines how workplace culture can be created. Discover how you can break down barriers to achieving success at your workplace. Includes:
- Anatomy of a healthy workplace culture
- Your role in creating a positive culture
- What does this mean for patient care?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Stress Relief and Mindfulness in Nursing
The practice of mindfulness is considered a useful strategy that may reduce stress, anxiety and even burnout. As every nurse knows, this is key to meeting the demands of shift work and ensuring a balanced life. This final session will assist with your understanding of mindfulness and demonstrate how you can apply practical strategies to your work and everyday life. Includes:
- What is mindfulness?
- How can mindfulness assist with relaxation in our daily lives?
- What clinical scenarios may benefit from the practice of mindfulness?
- The use of hand massage as a tool for relaxation
4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Healthcare is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps are vital if nurses are to deliver safe and quality care consistent with their scope of practice. Changes include:
- A shift away from health practitioner locus of control to the patient
- Increasing professional accountability
- Emphasis on measurable, high quality and safe care
- Greater transparency for health care actions
- Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice
Addressing these gaps is crucial. Nurses need to be confident the practice they provide is current and reflects appropriate evidence. Access to up-to-date education is essential.
Purpose of Program
Attending this conference will improve your knowledge, skills and practice relating to a range of current professional and clinical practice issues. In so doing, you will be better positioned to improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction relating to care.
Your learning outcomes:
Recognise people who have health risks and implement preventative action to avoid illness
Improve knowledge of specific nursing interventions that result in better patient outcomes
Embrace clinical practices that encompass interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes
Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards
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To Be Determined