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Coffs Harbour Nurses' Conference

  • : Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

 

Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health

Overview

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.

Schedule

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Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Dr Vivien Lane

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 involves new ways of thinking about practice, which include:

  • Increasing professional accountability
  • Emphasis on measurable, high quality, safe care
  • Greater transparency for health
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice

This introductory session sets the scene for this conference.

9:45

Berry Jones

Women's Health: Do we Need to be Concerned?

Changes in cervical screening are due to commence in May 2017. These changes will have a significant impact on women's health. Routine testing will become five-yearly based on testing for HPV specifically. This session includes:

  • What are the changes and how do the risks and benefits weigh up?
  • What effect will this have on the related menstrual, contraceptive and STI issues and other opportunistic screening and health information provided at the health appointment?
  • Are there risks associated with no screening before the age of 25?
  • The role of self-collection of samples and urine tests and is anything better than nothing?

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Sheryl Harper

Demystifying Diabetes Medications

The statistics on diabetes in this country are astonishing and changes to medication and treatments are rapidly changing. In this session we will review:

  • What is diabetes?
  • What are the latest medications and how can I ensure safe administration?
  • How do they work and what do patients need to know?

11:45

Dr Vivien Lane

Palliative Care in Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents face some unique challenges when living with life-limiting illness. The special physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of this group will require nurses to have proactive and appropriate knowledge and skills. Adolescents are transitioning into adulthood and independence, and this ongoing development has an impact on caring. This session will shine a bright light on a sometimes difficult topic and includes:

  • What skills do nurses need to provide high quality care to children and adolescents?
  • How is palliative care different for these groups of people?
  • What is the most effective skill I can have to help a child or adolescent who has a life-limiting illness?

12:45PM LUNCH BREAK


1:45

Dr Kathy Kramer and Joanna Trewavas

Sexual Health and Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can happen to anyone in the community. However, it is commonly not reported as a crime or disclosed to health professionals despite the significant implications for health assessment practices. Discussion includes:

  • What are some of the myths and misconceptions associated with sexual assault?
  • How is sexual assault managed both forensically and in primary healthcare settings?
  • What would make a nurse suspect a person may have experienced sexual assault?
  • What are the ramifications for nursing practice?

2:30

Allan Anderson

Managing Emotions at Work: Getting the Balance Right

In recent years, the healthcare system has been characterised by its unpredictability. Many nurses worry about their future and the uncertainty of their jobs. With the added pressures of life, relationships, finances and families, many nurses are at risk of emotional outbursts - either their own or from colleagues. Such high emotions can be very destructive. This session examines the impacts of uncertainty and insecurity in the workplace.

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Allan Anderson

Not Taking the Problem Home - Overcoming Worry and Anxiety

When a person or an incident 'gets under your skin' it can be a source of constant worry. This can distort your perceptions and make you unhappy and distressed. This session will look at:

  • What is the difference between worry and anxiety?
  • How can you stop worrying?
  • What can you do to become less anxious?
  • How does our state of being impact on our decision-making ability?

4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Dr Vivien Lane

Nursing Care - Becoming More Effective and Making Evidence Work

This session shows how high quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using an actual example, this session includes:

  • Why evidence and accountability go hand in hand
  • How can you assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
  • What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome them
  • An example of translating evidence into nursing practice, and how it improved patient outcomes

9:45

Samantha Cox

Pressure Injury Prevention

Pressure injuries are one of the most prevalent causes of preventable harm to patients. The development of such harm is multifactorial, involving issues related to impaired mobility, poor nutrition, medication, incontinence etc. However, pressure injuries are predominantly considered a failure of care. Avoiding this major cause of iatrogenesis is a key indicator of quality nursing care. This important session will discuss:

  • What is the real cost of pressure injuries?
  • Budget implications of failure to care: what is the worldwide trend? e.g. NHS ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign
  • How can we prevent pressure injuries in vulnerable people?
  • What does the latest evidence tell us about nurses’ role in preventing pressure injuries?

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Samantha Cox

Recognition and Management of Wound Infections

The prevention of wound infections should be a primary management objective for all healthcare practitioners as the development of a wound infection depends on the complex interplay of many factors. This session includes:

  • How do I recognise when a wound is infected?
  • Wound swabbing: when and where?
  • Choice of wound products: why do they matter?

11:45

Jan Riley

Itch and Scratch: Psoriasis Update

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that is not infectious or contagious. It is, however, a source of embarrassment and stress for people who live with this condition. This session will discuss:

  • Why does psoriasis develop and who is at risk?
  • What are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?
  • What are the modern treatment options?

12:45PM LUNCH BREAK


1:45

Lee Millard

Early Identification of Lymphoedema

Although lymphoedema cannot be cured, the impact of the condition can be lessened with appropriate professional and self-management strategies. The signs and symptoms of lymphoedema, including the importance of patient education, cannot be overemphasised. This session looks at the significant outcomes that a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to care can achieve and includes:

  • How to manage skin in people with lymphoedema
  • What is the correct way to apply compression therapy?
  • How to prevent infection
  • What type of patient education works best?

2:30

Amanda Hawkins

Stoma Care: Tips for Best Practice

While most stomates, or people who have a stoma, will be able to manage their stomas effectively, understanding the background to the stoma, its role and its placement underpins its management. This session will include:

  • When is a stoma a treatment of choice?
  • Practical care considerations for ileostomies
  • Psychological considerations when assisting someone with their stoma

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Cathy Brophy

An Inspirational Story - My Life as a Nurse

This final session will leave you on a high note and demonstrate how the scientific basis of nursing care can make a difference. Listen to the experience of how receiving nursing care has impacted someone positively. Sit back and prepare to be inspired when you hear this story.

4:15 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 healthcare 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

Presenters

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

Berry Jones

Berry Jones

Berry Jones trained as a registered nurse and midwife in England. After travelling extensively, Berry settled in Australia where she ... Read More

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer

Dr Kathy Kramer is a specialist in forensic medicine and performs forensic and medical examinations on people who have recently ...Read More

Allan  Anderson

Allan Anderson

Allan Anderson has been a practising psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society for more than thirty years. ... Read More

Lee  Millard

Lee Millard

Lee is currently a Specialist Breast Nurse for the Mid North Coast Local Health District. She has worked as a ... Read More

Cathy Brophy

Cathy Brophy

Cathy Brophy is a qualified specialist breast care nurse. She has extensive clinical experience working as a registered nurse in ...Read More

Samantha Cox

Samantha Cox

Samantha Cox is the Director and Nurse Educator of North Coast Nurses; a locally based company specialising within the aged ...Read More

Jan Riley

Jan Riley

Jan Riley is a specialist dermatology nurse based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her postgraduate studies include a Certificate ... Read More

Sheryl Harper

Sheryl Harper

Sheryl Harper is a registered nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator working in private practice in Coffs Harbour. ... Read More

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins is a Stomal Therapist based at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. ... Read More

Joanna Trewavas

Joanna Trewavas

Joanna Trewavas is a Sexual Assault Counsellor with the Coffs Harbour Sexual Assault Service/ Mid North Coast Local Health District/ ... Read More

Title
Coffs Harbour Nurses' Conference
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Type
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Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 hours
Start Date
17-Mar-2016
End Date
18-Mar-2016
CPD
11 hours
Fees
$561.00 (two days)
Location
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Venue
Novotel Coffs Harbour, Cnr Pacific Highway and Bay Drive
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