Enrolled Nurses - Acute Care Conference
- : Brisbane QLD 4001
Get access to high quality education specifically designed for YOU as an Enrolled Nurses. This two day clinical conference offers EN’s who work in acute hospital settings such as emergency departments or general medical/surgical units specifically tailored education. Find out about a broad range of acute care nursing topics including:
- Latest updates on safe use of oxygen
- Five ECG changes you NEED to know
- Recognising acute stroke FAST
- How to perform an acute mental health assessment
- What low urine output REALLY means
- Communicating assertively in an emergency and much, much more...
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8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Enrolled Nurses - Future Proof Your Career!
This opening session will introduce the conference by providing an inspiring story of how Enrolled Nurses can both embrace their role as well as aim for the stars! Your presenter will share her story of how she, as an Advanced Practice Enrolled Nurse, is filling an important need and in so doing, improving health outcomes.
Pressure Injury Prevention - Leadership in Action
According to the NSQHS Standards, clinical leaders are required to prevent pressure injuries. EN’s are central at the bedside providing acute care, as well as working alongside and teaching others. As such, a major leadership opportunity exists for EN’s and pressure injury prevention. This session will look at this important topic from a clinical leadership perspective. Come away understanding how your knowledge can add value to your health care service and improve patient outcomes. Includes:
- Pressure injury staging and skin inspection - what does this entail?
- Mucosal pressure injury - prevention and management strategies
- How is equipment selected and used appropriately?
- What makes a difference? e.g. small body shifts and other strategies
10:30 MORNING TEA
Recognising Acute Stroke FAST
Recognition of a stroke is important for ensuring that best-practice management is implemented. This is of particular importance for Enrolled Nurses who have significant patient contact and may be first to detect subtle changes. In this session we will look at:
- Recognising symptoms of stroke - what must I be on the lookout for?
- What is the hyperacute phase and how does this relate to patient outcomes?
- Best practice management strategies that reduce disability and promote recovery
Acute Mental Health Assessment - A Guide for ENs
Enrolled Nurses working in acute care settings, particularly Emergency Departments, will be required to care for people with serious mental illnesses. Therefore, it is essential that EN’s have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform an acute mental health assessment. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. Includes:
- What are the basic principles of a mental health assessment when someone is acutely unwell?
- What is distress and what clinical situations may this be seen in?
- What is meant by the term 'affect' and how is this relevant?
- How are symptoms of psychosis differentiated from other serious mental illness such as schizophrenia?
- Assessing for depression, suicidal ideation and hallucinations
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Making a Difference - Positive Mental Health Experiences in ED
The impact of the environment on our mental health is well established, yet are we as nurses promoting positive environments? Do we actually understand how much difference a physical environment can affect our psychological wellbeing? This final interactive session on day one will challenge you to look at how the settings and systems within Emergency Departments can reinforce stigma. Includes:
- Does the design and layout of an ED affect a person who has an acute mental illness?
- How may certain systems such as security policies reinforce social stigmas?
- 'Diagnostic Overshadowing' - why must we understand this term?
- What opportunities can ENs take to support people with acute mental illness?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
'To Give or Not to Give' - Oxygen Therapy Latest Evidence - ‘Swimming Between the Flags’
Oxygen therapy represents an area of clinical nursing where evidence has changed therefore clinical practices must reflect this. No longer is oxygen always considered necessary or always safe. This session will bring you up to date on modern evidence about oxygen in acute care, including how oxygen therapy and various devices can be safely and correctly chosen . Includes:
- Overview of recent evidence relating to safe oxygen therapy
- What do oxygen saturations really measure and what targets should we be aiming for?
- Exploring the concepts of hypoxaemia, hypoxia and respiratory failure
- Oxygen delivery systems – choosing the correct therapy for the correct patient
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Pain 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
ST What? Identifying Important ECG Changes
There are certain ECG changes that must be correctly identified and reported urgently if patient outcomes are to be achieved. This session will use case studies to take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. Includes:
- Quick recap - why do we do ECG’s?
- What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain, myocardial ischaemia, injury or infarction?
- What nursing actions must follow recognition of these changes?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Dr Treasure McGuire
Antimicrobial Stewardship for Enrolled Nurses
Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is crucial to counteracting the emergence of restraint microbes. In the acute setting, this is of particular importance as many traditional practices that routinely use oral and intravenous antibiotics (IVABs), especially postoperatively are now not always indicated. Knowledge of best practice and a willingness to speak up on inappropriate use of antibiotics represents an opportunity for Enrolled Nurses to improve patient outcomes, reduce harms and costs associated with antimicrobial use, particularly in patients with known or suspected respiratory tract infections. This session looks at:
- What is antimicrobial resistance and how is this relevant to patients with a respiratory tract infection?
- Why is it so important to understand the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?
- How are antimicrobial agents selected including choice of an oral or intravenous antimicrobial agent?
- How can EN’s nurses speak up if inappropriate use is suspected?
'More than Just Low Urine Output' - Reading Renal Signs
Understanding renal function is an important aspect of acute care nursing that Enrolled Nurses must be familiar with. Knowledge of renal impairment and being able to assess for more than just ‘low urine output’ is critical to improving patient outcomes in acute care settings. This session will explain the following:
- How do you assess renal function, including basic pathology interpretation?
- What does renal impairment mean and how may this affect urine output?
- How many hours of ‘low urine output’ is actually acceptable and when must I report it?
- What does the research say about assessing renal function and how is this translated into clinical practice?
1:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Emotional Intelligence in Acute Care Emergencies
Working in acute care will call upon Enrolled Nurses to respond to emergency situations. This will not just require good clinical skills to manage unwell patients but emotional intelligence to manage the situation. This session will arm you with confidence so that you can remain calm, in control and communicate clearly next time you are in an emergency situation. Includes:
- Clear, concise communication - how is this achieved?
- Tips for being assertive but not bossy
- Reading body language and other ways to build emotional intelligence
- Responding to group tension and other challenges
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Trauma Care for Enrolled Nurses
The intrinsic nature of acts care nursing will mean that Enrolled Nurses are exposed to a range of challenges. Dealing with trauma is one example. This emotionally taxing environment can result in tension with colleagues, family and friends. This final session will leave you on a high note by arming you with a toolkit of skills that will assist you to stay happy, healthy and content with your role as an Enrolled Nurse.
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Acute care is advancing more rapidly than ever before. Today’s Enrolled Nurse (ENs) must ensure their practice remains current. This is vital in acute settings. The ability to keep up-to-date across a broad range of clinical areas of care is crucial if ENs are to work to their full scope of practice and remain safe. A conference that provides current information about acute clinical nursing delivered by highly experienced presenters, will assist Enrolled Nurses to remain current.
Purpose of Program
This program provides Enrolled Nurses with up to date clinical information about acute care which will be immediately relevant to their practice and improve patient outcomes.
Your learning outcomes:
Patients in your care will receive specific clinical care according to best evidence and patient preferences
Patients with significant ECG changes will be rapidly identified, assessing and referred to appropriate clinical support services
Safe use of oxygen including correct selection of oxygen therapy device will improve patient outcomes
Acutely unwell patients with a mental health disorder will receive appropriate assessment in line with their condition
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