Conference Ballarat Nurses' Conference
- : Ballarat VIC 3350
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 any gaps in your knowledge and skills. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- Why is the focus moving away from the throughput of healthcare and towards the quality of the outcome?
- What nursing interventions are 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
CHAIRPERSON: KATE EMOND
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Registration and Refreshments
Communicating Within an Inter-professional Team
It is well known that the best work gets done by teams. In hospitals and community settings teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork, really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:
- Learn about your own communication style — did you really say what you thought you said?
- Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
- Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to really be understood?
- Learn the dynamics of team communication
- The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
Correctly Injecting Insulin - The Facts
It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependant, as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. Includes:
- What is the correct method for injecting insulin?
- What are the consequences of injecting insulin into muscles?
- What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
- How is lipohypertrophy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
- How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Insulin Resistance - Current Evidence
Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session looks at:
- What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
- Who is most at risk for developing the condition and can it be averted?
- How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
- What are the current guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?
Fractures and Osteoporosis - Prevention and Management
Every day more than 40 Australians sustain a hip fracture associated with osteoporosis. A year later, less than half of those original 40 people will be able to walk as well as they did before, and 6-7 will have died. This session will focus on the prevention and management of low trauma fractures of the hip, shoulder and spine. Includes:
- What is the prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures?
- Update on evidence-based treatment for osteoporosis
- Best approaches to fracture prevention
- Management and intervention options for the osteoporotic fracture
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Stop the Clot: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Guide for Nurses
For any hospitalised patient, the risk of VTE is elevated. Nurses are at the forefront of VTE prevention throughout the patient journey. This session will provide an evidence-based update on the rationales and correct use for the prevention of VTE. Includes:
- Application in practice of NHMRC – NICS Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism
- Practice guidelines for mechanical VTE prophylaxis: e.g. anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices
- Supporting patients receiving chemical prophylaxis
Dr Jenny Gowan
Medication Update - Existing and New Oral Anticoagulants
Medications remain one of the cornerstones of preventing and treating blood clots. The medicines that affect the blood and prevent clotting are frequently administered by nurses, yet there are many potential complications of these. Understanding the mechanism of these regularly used medicines is paramount to providing safe patient care. This session will review some important clinical considerations including the use of reversal agents, associated with these medicines. Includes:
- Antiplatelet agents, e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel
- Anticoagulant agents, e.g. warfarin
- Evidence for novel classes of anticoagulants
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
As Cool As A Cucumber - Dealing With Conflict Comfortably
Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to health, wellbeing and patient or client 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
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: KATE EMOND
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Boundaries - Where Should I Draw the Line?
In your workplace, boundaries are invisible lines that somehow you need to be aware of. If you step over them, you do so at your peril. A lack of clearly established boundaries can leave many feeling overwhelmed and lead to role confusion. This session will look at boundaries and why they are important. Questions to be answered include:
- Why is maintaining boundaries with patients, other staff and members of the public so important?
- What are the consequences of breaching them?
- How do I know a boundary has been crossed?
- Examples of healthy boundaries versus unhealthy boundaries
- How to establish and maintain strong boundaries
Best Practice Management in Urinary Catheters
Inappropriate use of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). CAUTIs are a major source of hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting or removing catheters. This session considers:
- Cost, prevention and management of CAUTIs
- How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDCs in acute settings
- Indications for and correct management of long-term urinary catheters to prevent CAUTIs
10:30 MORNING TEA
Is it Delirium, Dementia or Both?
Delirium has a high related morbidity and is a cause of patient deterioration. It is often unrecognised until it is well advanced, and is easily confused with dementia. It can be triggered by acute illness, surgical interventions and a range of inflammatory responses. This session looks at:
- How does onset differ between delirium and dementia?
- Questions to ask relating to history
- How to perform a quick assessment to determine the likelihood that a person has delirium
- What happens to consciousness in delirium compared to dementia?
- In which condition do symptoms fluctuate?
Palliative Care: When To Refer
At the end of life it is essential to identify the dying patient in order to allow them and their caregivers to reorient their priorities and achieve their goals so that appropriate end-of-life care can be provided. However, palliative care is often indicated long before the terminal phase. This session includes:
- When may palliative care be initiated and how can this be introduced sensitively?
- Is palliative care different for people who have a chronic illness rather than cancer?
- Anticipating physical problems and planning for the future - the role of Advanced Care Directives
- More than just pain - providing symptomatic relief
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Assessment for Traumatic Stress Conditions
Traumatic stress conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder (ASD) are becoming more prevalent in the community. Assessment needs to be comprehensive and include good history taking skills. The choice of screening tool should reflect the best available evidence. This practical session demonstrates:
- Are there early warning signs that these conditions may exist?
- What does a comprehensive assessment for ASD or PTSD consist of?
- What would make you suspect a person may have ASD or PTSD?
- How are people screened for ASD or PTSD?
- How can you elicit information from a person who is deeply traumatised?
- An evaluation of assessment tools
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Safety When Dealing With People On Ice - Practical De-escalation Techniques
Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This session discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:
- What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ice)?
- How do you protect:
- The person
- The public
- How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
- Body language and personal safety to stay safe and reduce need for chemical and physical restraints
4:00 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:
- Healthcare 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 guidelines
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Darren Riggon is a casual academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. His clinical supervision interests ... Read More
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Michelle Morvell graduated from the University of Ballarat and has worked locally in various roles within private and public healthcare ... Read More
Lawrence has worked in in-patient palliative care units, in the community palliative care setting and in acute palliative care consult ... Read More
Coralie Holding is a Nurse Practitioner, who has worked in both the public and private mental health system for 37 ... Read More
Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the PSA Branch ... Read More