Canberra Nurses' Conference
- : Canberra ACT 2600
Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health
Healthcare is undergoing constant change; therefore 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
Professor Colin Butler
The Case for Change: Health in the ACT
Australians are living longer, and so are people overseas. Yet some of the underlying foundations of health, both here and globally, are eroding. This has not yet translated to a fall in Australian health indicators, but could such a decline be around the corner? In this introductory session, we will consider:
- Rising patient expectations, new and costly technologies, falling government funding: can these challenges be managed with equity?
- Adverse global environmental change, including to the climate: health issues of which nurses in the national capital should be aware
- Practical steps: 'think as well as treat'; help reduce personal and healthcare-related environmental footprints
Sexual Health: Is Old New Again?
Our sexual health is an important part of our sense of self and managing our sexual health is important. With the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases has old become new again? In this session we consider:
- Taking a sexual health history
- Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses in Australia
- Bacterial and viral sexually transmitted infections
- Prevention and current best practice management
10:30 MORNING TEA
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?
Cognition and Consent
Patient understanding of the consent process is often sub-optimal. It is often surmised by nurses that consent has been given when care is being provided. In this session we will discuss:
- What are the different forms of consent?
- The importance of understanding consent where patients have a cognitive deficit
- Are health outcomes likely to be impaired if patients fail to give consent?
- The nursing role in the consent process
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
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 full-blown 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 to prevent it from developing into full blown diabetes?
- Dietary friends and foes
Blood-borne Pathogens: Understanding the Risks
Despite a greater knowledge of hazards and risk management, healthcare workers continue to be exposed to blood and bodily fluids through needlestick injuries and other exposure incidents. This session includes:
- What blood-borne pathogens are of most concern?
- Modes of transmission: when am I actually at risk?
- Appropriate use of precautions
- What to do if you experience a needlestick or sharps injury ?
- How can nurses avoid discrimination when a patient has a known blood-borne infection?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
A Quartet in Nocturia
Nocturia is now considered a syndrome in its own right. It can occur anywhere across the lifespan and be difficult to assess and manage. This session includes four perspectives of nocturia:
- A flush in the night - anatomy and physiology
- Root causes - what's it all about?
- Opting in - management and treatment options
- At the end of the road - outcomes for nocturia
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Effective Nursing Care - Translating Evidence into Practice
This session shows how high quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using practical examples, this session invites you to consider:
- Why evidence and accountability go ‘hand in hand’
- How can you quickly and easily assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
- What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome it?
- An example of translating evidence into nursing practice; how it improved patient outcomes and reduced costs
Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly
Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:
- Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
- The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility and wound healing
- Nursing strategies to improve nutritional status
10:30 MORNING TEA
Professor Reena Ghildyal
Evidence-Based Update: Respiratory Viruses and Asthma
Viral respiratory conditions, particularly upper-respiratory tract conditions (URTIs) remain a common cause of illness and even hospitalisation in certain populations such as older people. Asthma is also a serious respiratory condition that can result in serious exacerbations needing evidence-based nursing management. This session will provide latest information, evidence and updates on respiratory viruses and asthma.
Beta-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 decades. 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
- Contra-indications and toxicity e.g. asthma, COPD and diabetes
- Adverse effects of beta blockers – side effects, or the disease being treated?
- How can a person be withdrawn from beta-blockers and what are the risks?
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
The pelvic floor is the support mechanism for the pelvic organs. What happens when this structure dysfunctions? This session discusses:
- Pelvic floor anatomy and physiology
- Pathophysiology and dysfunction
- Management of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction: what’s hot and what’s not?
Power to the Patient - Advanced Care Planning
As the shift in healthcare continues to move towards a model where patient preferences are central to all care decisions, Advanced Care Planning is a concept nurses must be familiar with. This informative session discusses:
- What is the role of Advanced Care Plans and will this change in the future?
- How can an individual develop an Advanced Care Plan?
- How are Advanced Care Plans encouraged in people with chronic illness?
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. In this session you will be introduced to mindfulness and its benefits, including:
- The role mindfulness can play in stress reduction, self-care and in helping us to navigate life's challenges
- An overview of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Applications of mindfulness at work
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 is 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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