Brisbane Nurses' Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
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
Dean KingHow to Build Your Personal Resilience
Preventing and managing stress, burnout and compassion fatigue lies in your personal ability to be resilient. You can learn skills to become resilient. Starting with a self-assessment, this practical session will give you 7 steps for your personal resilience toolbox. Explore:
- How can understanding your brain help you become resilient?
- What impact does your belief and value systems play in helping you stay resilient?
- 7 practical techniques to help you become more resilient
Dale LongPain Assessment in the Older Person
Evidence suggests that good control of pain is a critical patient outcome. However, good control relies on accurate assessment which can be challenging in the older adult due to a range of reasons. This session will emphasise the importance of best-practice pain assessment and will provide up-to-date information about:
- How do you take a pain history in an older adult with cognitive changes?
- What are the best validated pain assessment tools and does one size fit all?
- Understanding the difference between acute, chronic, and acute-on-chronic pain. What signs should you look for?
- Documentation - the key for optimal communication
10:45 MORNING TEA
Debbie RigbyThe Judicious Use of Opioids - Implications for Nursing Practice
Because opioids are used widely in pain management yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever present, it is essential that these medicine are fully understood so that it is appropriately used and nurses can confidently feel safe administering them. This session offers an in depth review of opioid medications including:
- Methods of administration
- Dose titration
- Equianalgesic dosing
- Management of opioid induced side effects, e.g. constipation, falls etc.
- Dosing considerations in the elderly
- Identifying tolerance
- Preventing dependency
- Identifying drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours
Jodie AllenStepping Up! Language for Advanced Practice
We all know the power of words. Words can harm, heal, encourage or hurt. The words we use in our everyday nursing lives often have the power to influence our patients and others around us in an incredibly positive and purposeful way. But have you ever stopped to consider how we use medical terminology? Have you ever contemplated the benefits of improved medical terminology? The current opportunities that exist for nurses to step up and into advanced practice roles are exciting yet competitive. This unique session will encourage you to consider how the development of your ability to grasp of medical terminology may just give you that edge you’re after. It will look at:
- What’s in a word? The power of concise, correct and appropriate use of medical terminology
- How improving medical terminology can enhance communication and safety in the clinic setting
- Simple ways to build your dictionary and demonstrate your ability through words
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Dean KingAs Cool As A Cucumber - Dealing With Conflict Comfortably
Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to your health, wellbeing and your patient or client's outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility and a calm head can help YOU manage conflict better. This interactive session looks at:
- Is it ever possible to avoid conflict with destructive personalities?
- Attack or defend? Working out your stance in a conflictual situation
- Communication is key - when to defuse and when to engage
- What about body language?
- Knowing what makes my emotions get out of control in a conflictual situation
Amanda FryerInsulin Resistance – The Thin Edge of the Wedge!
Insulin resistance (IR) is the starting point of inflammatory changes in the body that lead to chronic disease. Incidence of IR is increasing in line with our waist measurement. This session includes:
- How IR causes difficulty losing weight and unintentional weight gain
- Life threatening consequences of untreated IR
- Case studies highlighting how to recognise IR in a patient
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Karen MatthewsWaking Up to Pass Urine
Nocturia is commonly seen by nurses who care for patients at night. There are many reasons for nocturia and it is always important to establish the cause of the condition as waking at night to pass urine may be a symptom of something more serious. As well, there are risks of falls particularly to older or vulnerable adults. This session reviews the common causes of nocturia and considers:
- How to perform a comprehensive nursing assessment of a person with nocturia
- Medicines and medical conditions that may be cause or contribute to nocturia
- How to discuss the symptoms with a person and then manage the problem
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Bronwyn JestPelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organs like the uterus, cervix, bladder or bowel, may protrude into the vagina due to weakness in the tissues that normally support them. The resulting symptoms vary, depending on the type of prolapse. Conservative management, such as pelvic ﬂoor muscle training or lifestyle changes, is recommended for prolapse. This presentation will discuss the following:
- Normal anatomy and function, including the pelvic floor
- What is pelvic organ prolapse (POP)?
- Risk factors
- Clinical manifestations and staging
- Conservative management of POP - what does the evidence suggest?
Amanda FryerRecognising and Responding to Hypoglycaemia
Increasing numbers of patients who are being cared for in all fields of nursing are requiring insulin. Would you know what to do if one of your patients or residents developed hypoglycaemia or ‘had a hypo?’ Would you recognise the symptoms? This session includes:
- What is hypoglycaemia and who is at risk?
- Signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia
- Causes of hypoglycaemia, and subsequent prevention
- Treatment of hypoglycaemia
- Resources for nurses, and patients at risk of hypoglycaemia
- Actual patient scenarios included in presentation
10:45 MORNING TEA
TBAHow Bullying and Violence in Nursing Affects Patients
Violence in the workplace is sadly recognised as a significant problem for the nursing profession. There are some recognised harmful effects of bullying and horizontal violence which worryingly extend to our patients. This session will use open dialogue to look at the serious consequences of an unhealthy work environment, with a focus on how patient outcomes are impacted.
Dr Treasure McGuireComplementary Medicines – Know the Evidence and Know the Hype
How do we discern fact from fiction when recommending complementary medicines? This session aims to update you and build clinical confidence so that you can:
- Identify the main consumer information gaps and concerns about complementary medicines
- Determine complementary medicines options for patients using an evidence based approach
- Discuss considerations when recommending complementary medicines
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Kim KaimThe Chronic Wound: A Nursing Challenge
This session looks at the difficulties faced by older people once their skin has broken down and a chronic wound is established. It will discuss ways to manage the care of a person’s wound in difficult healing circumstances. Topics include:
- What causes a wound to be detained in one of the phases of healing?
- What is the correct nursing care of such a wound?
- A review of how correct wound care products are selected to achieve identified goals of care
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Sean Smith2030 Vision - How to Prepare for Your Future in Nursing
This session will look at the trends emerging in healthcare and the potential impacts on your career. The only constant is change and we are experiencing the most unique period in human history as we move from analogue to digital. How can we continue to provide the best patient outcomes in a world that is changing so rapidly it is sometimes difficult to keep up? This session will prepare you to think strategically about your career and make the most of emerging opportunities. Some key topics include:
- Evolving consumer expectations of nurses
- The Internet of Things and what does this really mean?
- Our multi-disciplinary colleagues and how we interact
- The growth of mindfulness and how that makes us better nurses
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
Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... Read More
Debbie Rigby is an advance practice pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduation with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of ... Read More
Jodie Allen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner and Credentialed Emergency Nurse, currently working on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. With ... Read More
Amanda Fryer has been working in Diabetes Education for 20 years, and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More
Karen Matthews is a Continence Nurse Advisor and the manager of Blue Care Continence Advisory Service, Brisbane. She assists people ... Read More
Bronwyn Jest is a Brisbane physiotherapist with a particular interest in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. She graduated from the ... Read More
Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Mater Health Services, ... Read More
Kim has a Master’s degree in wound care from Monash and is currently a Clinical Nurse Consultant Wound Management within ... Read More
Sean Smith has had the privilege of working in healthcare for the past 31 years in more than a dozen ... Read More
To Be Determined