Enrolled Nurses - Acute Care Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3001
Includes: Clinical Assessment; Diabetes Emergencies; Pelvic Organ Prolapse; Assertive Communication; Delirium & Work-Life Balance
Access high-quality education specifically designed for Enrolled Nurses in an enjoyable environment. This two-day conference offers you a perfect opportunity to gain valuable CPD as well as mandatory hours for registration purposes. Includes:
- Find out the latest information on a broad range of acute care nursing topics
- Update your knowledge about key nursing areas e.g. pain, stomal care, diabetes and infection prevention
- Talk to colleagues and enlarge your network
- See what other Enrolled Nurses are doing in acute practice settings
- Get out of your normal work environment for a few days and get inspired!
Not to be missed! Book your place now!
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Acute Care and Essential Physical Assessment Skills
Observations made by Enrolled Nurses can be life-saving. This introductory session reviews important assessment considerations in relation to:
- Overall 'look of the patient: What does this mean?
- How do you assess a patient's respiratory and cardiovascular status?
- What is perfusion? What is this telling you?
Shock - Reading the Signs
Vital signs and observations are crucial clues in the detection of shock and prevention of unnecessary death. Abnormalities in vital signs may be potentially reversible, especially when they are interpreted correctly. This session includes:
- What is happening to the temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respirations when shock occurs?
- Examples of abnormalities include stertorous breathing and tachycardia / bradycardia
- Recognising other physiological markers such as the appearance of visible skin, levels of pain and anxiety
10:30 MORNING TEA
FAST: Recognising Stroke
Stroke can be a debilitating and often fatal condition. It is recognised that early recognition of stroke and immediate action can prevent long-term disability. This important session discusses:
- What are the signs and symptoms that a person may be having a stroke?
- How do you recognise that a person is having a stroke when they are drowsy or asleep?
- What are the risk factors for a night-time stroke?
- What is the immediate care of a person who is having a stroke?
Pooh Stix: Constipation Management
The management of bowel disorders and constipation can be a troublesome and distressing condition. The availability of laxatives in supermarkets and chemists may contribute to this problem. This session includes:
- What are the causes of constipation?
- How does bowel dysfunction contribute to constipation?
- Wise use of aperients: how can this be achieved?
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Burning Through the Bloodlines: Malignant Haematological Diseases
Early detection and treatment in malignant haematological disease can lead to a 100% cure rate. This introductory session will discuss:
- Bone marrow function: What's that all about?
- Anatomy and physiology 101
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, achieve their goals and so that appropriate end-of-life care can be provided. This session includes:
- What is current best practice for end of life care?
- Anticipating physical problems
- Support for caregivers
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Hanging Out: Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Prolapse of any pelvic organ can be painful and embarrassing. This condition can affect any of the pelvic organs and produce a range of symptoms including pain and bleeding. Quality of life is also affected. This session includes:
- What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?
- Can it be prevented?
- What are the best management options?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Assertiveness and The Enrolled Nurse
Too little. Too much. Too bossy? This is a dilemma that Enrolled Nurses face every day. What is the role of EN's and how do they act assertively without stepping over the line?
Paediatrics in The Acute Care Setting
Every year many children are hospitalised with acute care needs. These may range from managing an acute on chronic health needs to an acute trauma. As such, Enrolled Nurses benefit from having a general update on paediatric nursing. This session includes:
- What are the essential first steps for Enrolled Nurses in assessing the child in acute care?
- Documentation – does it differ from adults?
- Managing ongoing health needs – the role of discharge planning for Enrolled Nurses
10:45 MORNING TEA
Delirium in Acute Care
Older people can turn up in an acute care setting with confusion. Delirium is one cause of confusion which can quickly result in rapid deterioration. Often symptoms are shared between the two conditions. This session includes:
- What are causes of delirium?
- Comparative signs and symptoms - how can you differentiate between delirium and other causes of confusion such as dementia or depression?
- What strategies can help avoid delirium?
- Which pharmacological treatments are useful?
Pressure Injury Prevention: Risk Management Strategies
Pressure ulcers are recognised as a serious patient safety problem. This important session reviews:
- Which strategies and tools are available to predict and prevent pressure ulcers?
- What are best practice pressure ulcer management solutions?
- Standards and guidelines - Australian Wound Management Association and Standard 8 NSQHS
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Nil-by-Mouth and Diabetes
People with diabetes who present in acute care are likely to have special needs. This session will look at some of the challenges that Enrolled Nurses must be aware of when caring for diabetes patients. Includes:
- Administration of insulin to a patient who is nil-by-mouth
- Tracking ‘at risk’ patients with diabetes through the start, middle and end of shift
- What to do when a diabetic patient needs preparation for endoscopy
Diabetes Emergencies - Essentials for Enrolled Nurses
Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session you will learn about current best practice nursing care for common diabetes related emergencies. Includes:
- What to watch for and how to respond
- When to be concerned about hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia, and what nursing actions are required for each?
- Care of diabetes related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
- Responding to the emotional needs of patients in regard to the potential for hypo or hyperglycaemia
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Work Life Balance: The Ultimate Challenge?
How do you create a balance between your working and personal life? Topics to be covered in this session include:
- Planning skills, goal setting, time management strategies
- How to maintain a workable balance
- Can debriefing and reflective practice assist?
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Acute care is advancing more rapidly than ever before. Today’s Enrolled Nurse must ensure their practice remains current, which is vital in acute settings. The ability to keep up-to-date across a broad range of clinical areas of care is crucial if Enrolled Nurses 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 informed.
Purpose of Program
This program provides Enrolled Nurses up-to-date clinical information about acute care which will be immediately relevant to their practice.
Your learning outcomes:
Describe and implement broad principles of high-quality enrolled nursing care in the acute setting
Apply current best-practice nursing knowledge to a range of specific clinical situations, including pressure injury prevention, diabetes and clinical assessment
Explain the difference between dementia, delirium and depression
Confidently implement strategies to improve better patient outcomes in all settings where acute care is delivered
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