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Clinical Nurse Specialists' Conference

  • : Melbourne VIC 3001

Overview

This conference is specifically designed for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) - now and in the future. There are many rewards associated with being a CNS and education is key to unlocking the potential of this important role. Attend this conference to find out about:

  • Examples of high-value contributions from CNS
  • How to advance your practice
  • How to promote continuity of care despite the demands of shift work
  • Strategies for translating evidence into clinical practice
  • Making your voice heard - the importance of assertiveness
  • Useful clinical updates
  • Where the future of CNS practice is heading

Don’t miss out. Book your place now!

Schedule

Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Megan Yeomans

Capitalising on Uniqueness: The Role of The Clinical Nurse Specialist

Whilst good pain control is the desired outcome following surgery, there may be factors that prevent many of our patients from achieving it. This introductory session will take participants through some problem solving approaches that a Clinical Nurse Consultant with pain services will use on a pain round.

The importance of governance, risk management strategies and how evidence based decisions can impact on health care costs. At the end of this session participants will be able to decide if these strategies are why many hospitals have moved toward this economical model of nurse led care.

9:45

Dr Vivien Lane

Demands of Working in an Interdisciplinary Team

Working in interdisciplinary teams can be challenging, especially when sharing professional boundaries combined with decision-making. Improving patient outcomes requires an effective team climate.

  • What are the stresses that could undermine the effectiveness of CNS in interdisciplinary teams?
  • What is the most effective way a CNS can practice in an interdisciplinary team?
  • How to manage individual professional relationships and the management structure to achieve best patient outcomes

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Tina Thompson

The Role of the CNS In Genetic Medicine

The role of the CNS is becoming more diverse as new frontiers of nursing open up. In this session you will discover about the role of the CNS in genetic medicine.

11:45

Nola Webb

The CNS in Acute Care

It is essential that CNS can clearly articulate their value within the healthcare setting and demonstrate practice outcomes. This example from one acute care nursing setting reveals how clinical leadership combined with decision-making enables the translation of evidence into practice. Includes:

  • What makes a good CNS?
  • How can CNS mentor junior nurses to improve patient outcomes?

12:30PM LUNCH BREAK


1:30

Dr Jenny Gowan

Pharmacology Update for the CNS

Pharmacology remains a cornerstone of all nursing knowledge. In this session anticoagulant therapy will be reviewed as it is a common group of medicines that are fraught with complex administrative issues. CNS need to be clear about the efficacy and safety of these medicines as well as their pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties. This session includes:

  • Monitoring for high risk medications
  • Be alert not alarmed - recent adverse events in medication
  • Evidence for prescribing, monitoring considerations, and precautions

2:30

Tracy Hart

How CNS Change Created Better Patient Outcomes for...Patients with Respiratory Disease

It is essential that CNS can clearly articulate their value within the healthcare setting and demonstrate practice outcomes. This example from one nursing setting includes strategies for facilitating professional collaboration and value of this role.

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Pierre Baume

Putting the Patient at the Centre - CNS and Advocacy

Advocacy is an increasingly important aspect of CNS nursing practice and directly relates to risk management and the achievement of quality health outcomes. Because of the intra- and interdisciplinary nature of their work, CNS may be placed in situations where advocacy is difficult. This final session of the day looks at the important aspects of advocacy that include:

  • Advocacy in complex situations
  • Gaining workplace support
  • Challenging traditional healthcare power structures
  • Speaking up and considered risk-taking

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM

Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Emma Vanderhoeven

How the CNS Promotes Mental Health and Wellbeing

The CNS has a pivotal role to nurture, coach and support both themselves and others. In this session:

  • How does this important role ensure that all staff, including themselves, have mental health wellbeing?
  • How to build a culture of emotionally intelligent practitioners that will be the future leaders within the healthcare industry

9:45

Michele Meehan

How CNS Influence Improved Health Outcomes In Paediatrics

The CNS has traditionally been associated with specialised acute care, but with the emphasis on community and primary health care the opportunity for new specialist roles is growing. This session will base discussion on a case where the advanced practice skills of the CNS can identify, advocate for and manage outcomes for a baby and her family. This expanded role reflects the place of the CNS in the future health care needs of the community. Includes:

  • Improving parental confidence in care of their child
  • Value adding to patient outcomes
  • How CNS can make inroads into primary care

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Dr Vivien Lane

Broadcasting What You Do

This session will show you how not to be ignored or invisible in your workplace and to ensure that the accomplishments of CNS practice are fully acknowledged. Find out how to disseminate the impact of your practice as a CNS and ensure your successes are recognised.

  • How to get yourself known and properly integrated when consulting as a CNS
  • What services are you promoting and is this clear to others?
  • Do patients know who you are?

12:00

Darren Riggon

Techniques for Mentoring Effectively in the Clinical Environment

Mentoring is a major aspect of the CNS role. Mentoring other nurses, particularly at the patient’s side, is very important to their personal and professional development. The manner in which a CNS mentors can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. Includes:

  • What is the difference between: counselling, coaching, supervising and mentoring?
  • How do you establish yourself as a mentor?
  • What is the 'mentoring relationship'?
  • Tips to mentoring 'on the go'
  • Maintaining professional boundaries

1:00PM LUNCH BREAK


2:00

Vanessa Cascone

How CNS Created Better Patient Outcomes for...Neuroscience Patients

It is essential that CNS can clearly articulate their value within the healthcare setting and demonstrate practice outcomes. This example from one nursing setting includes strategies for facilitating professional collaboration and value of this role.

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA

3:15

Dr Vivien Lane

Stand Back - Here We Come - Tomorrow's Clinical Nurse Specialist

There is no doubt that CNS have a large role to play in promoting the delivery of high-quality health care in Australia. In this session we will look at why this role will be even more important in the future, potential barriers and enhancers, and elevating the value of the CNS for optimal patient care. Includes:

  • Advancing the practice of the CNS - extending or expanding?
  • Is there a role for CNS prescribing in Australia?
  • Clinical innovation - myth or reality?
  • What has health policy got to do with it?

4:00 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM

The Goal Need for Program

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) practise in a range of settings depending on their specialty focus and the needs of the community in which they work. The role includes: leading clinical practice; research and education, and working effectively in interdisciplinary teams. This diversity can create challenges in practice and gaps in knowledge and skills. For CNS to achieve the desired patient outcomes, they need educational support to be able to work to the full extent of their scope of practice.

Purpose of Program

By attending this CNS conference you will improve your knowledge and practice relating to a range of topics pertinent to your role which will enhance the quality of patient outcomes.

Your learning outcomes:

Integrate practice interventions that advance the CNS role and improve health outcomes

Broadcast best CNS practices that are aligned with organisational goals

Advance professional leadership within your CNS role

Ensure financial aspects of CNS care relate to better health services

Presenters

Tina Thompson

Tina Thompson

Tina Thompson has been a Nurse Specialist in the Cardiac Genetic Clinic and Genetic Medicine Clinics at The Royal Melbourne ...Read More

Nola Webb

Nola Webb

Nola Webb is a Nurse Immuniser, currently working for Hospital in the Home. ... Read More

Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan was the Director of Training and Development at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) for over 20 ... Read More

Tracy Hart

Tracy Hart

Tracy Hart is a Registered Nurse who has worked in a range of settings including ICU, cardiac rehabilitation, and ... Read More

Pierre Baume

Pierre Baume

Pierre is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and practises in the areas of health law, family law and commercial ... Read More

Emma Vanderhoeven

Emma Vanderhoeven

Emma Vanderhoeven has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist , Remedial Massage Therapist and Kinesiologist for well over 15 years. Most ...Read More

Michele Meehan

Michele Meehan

Michele Meehan is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse currently working in her private practice, 'Parenting Matters', who now lectures ... Read More

Darren Riggon

Darren Riggon

Darren Riggon is a casual academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. His clinical supervision interests ...Read More

Vanessa Cascone

Vanessa Cascone

Vanessa Cascone is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Epworth Hospital Neurology Unit. She has extensive experience in this specialist ...Read More

Vivien Lane

Vivien Lane

Dr Vivien Lane is a nurse clinician specialising in oncology and palliative care, with over three decades’ experience in education, ... Read More

Megan Yeomans

Megan Yeomans

Megan Yeomans is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Pain Services Austin Health. She has worked in the field of acute and ... Read More

Title
Clinical Nurse Specialists' Conference
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Provider Type
RTO
Duration
12 hours
Start Date
22-Aug-2016
End Date
23-Aug-2016
CPD
12 hours
Fees
$671.00 (two days)
Location
Melbourne VIC 3001
Venue
Hotel IBIS - Therry Street, 15-21 Therry Street
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