Enrolled Nurses - Acute Care Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
New nursing knowledge is emerging at a frightening speed. Make sure you remain one of the well-informed Enrolled Nurses and keep up-to-date by attending this conference. Find out the latest information on a broad range of acute care nursing topics relevant to enrolled nurses. Includes:
- High Risk Medicines - What EN’s Need to Know
- Language for Advanced Practice Enrolled Nurses
- How to Prevent Surgical Site Infections
- Managing Clinical Aggression
- Tips for Teaching Older Adults
- How to Break Bad News
- Beating Burnout - A Guide for ENs and much, much more...
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Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Changing of the Guard - Patient Knows Best?
Modern healthcare has seen a shift from the provider towards the patient at the centre of care. This demands a new approach to thinking about practice and requires an increasing professional accountability. Now more than ever there is the pressure to meet measurable, high quality, safe patient outcomes. This introductory session will challenge you to consider the following:
- Why are patient expectations changing and what does this mean for enrolled nurses?
- Are my actions being viewed differently and what does transparency in healthcare mean?
- How can I practically and realistically respond to greater responsibility as an enrolled nurse?
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:
- Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
- The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
- Understanding others – where are they coming from?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Warning! At Risk Medicines - What ENs Need to Know
According to NPS Medicinewise, 1 in 3 of all unplanned hospital admissions relate in some way to medicines. The potential for medicines to become harmful is huge. The consequences of this to enrolled nurses administering medicines and the patient can be detrimental. This session looks at common medicines and considers what you need to know to ensure your patients are not at risk. Includes:
- What constitutes a 'risky' medicine?
- Top classes to keep your eyes out for
- Which medicine types cause particular concerns when administered over a long period of time?
- Which medicines should never be abruptly ceased?
- Practical ways to address risky situations involving medicines
Paracetamol Overdose and Toxicity
Paracetamol remains one of the most common agents used in overdose. It’s also one of the most common medications seen on medication charts! This ease of access yet potential for significant harm in the setting of abuse or unintentional overdose demands that enrolled nurses are familiar with the following:
- The pharmacological actions of paracetamol
- What are the different forms of paracetamol and when should they be used?
- Safety considerations when administering paracetamol, e.g. contraindications and signs of adverse effects
- What constitutes a toxic dose of paracetamol in adults and children?
1:15 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Heart Failure - An Acute Care Case Study
Many patients in acute care settings are likely to have some form of cardiac dysfunction. Heart failure is often the result of a combination of other disorders and may lead to numerous other system failures or complications in patients. In this session a realistic, simple case study will be used to discuss the following:
- What is heart failure?
- What are the different types of heart failure and what causes these?
- How is a patient with cardiac failure assessed?
- Putting it all together - fluid restrictions, daily weights and other aspects of acute nursing care explained
Stepping Up! Language for Advanced Practice Enrolled Nurses
Advanced practice is not reserved for any particular nursing speciality. Advanced nursing practice relates to the specific individual working within their scope of practice. This includes YOU - an enrolled nurse. We all know the power of words. Words can harm, heal, encourage or hurt. The words we use in our everyday nursing lives often have the power to influence our patients and others around us in an incredibly positive and purposeful way. But have you ever stopped to consider how we use medical terminology? Have you ever contemplated the benefits of improved medical terminology? The current opportunities that exist for enrolled nurses to step up and into advanced practice roles are exciting yet competitive. This unique session will encourage you to consider how the development of your ability to grasp medical terminology may just give you that edge you’re after. It will look at:
- How does advanced nursing practice relate to enrolled nurses?
- What’s in a word? The power of concise, correct and appropriate use of medical terminology
- How improving medical terminology can enhance communication and safety in the acute care setting
- Simple ways to build your dictionary and demonstrate your ability through words
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
How to Break Bad News
Delivering unfavourable news is an aspect of nursing which many people dread. The caring and compassionate nature of nurses is likely to mean that we are used to supporting others rather than initiating these challenging conversations. However, the nature of working in acute care environments where news is not always good, means that enrolled nurses may benefit from practical strategies to assist in these circumstances. As such, this session will consider this important communication skill:
- How to be realistic but not brutal
- How to be sensitive but straightforward
- How to respond to reactions
- How to break bad news...
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Preventing Surgical Site Infections
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are common and costly healthcare associated infections. Patient outcomes such as morbidity, mortality and their length of stay in hospital after surgery are all affected by SSIs. Do you know how to prevent these from occurring? Could you recognise if a wound was becoming infected? This session looks at how you would prevent and recognise a surgical site infection. Includes:
- What are the risk factors for a SSI?
- How can these risk factors be minimised?
- Clinical assessment of a wound - what would suggest it’s becoming infected?
- What next? A look at best practice wound management
Managing Diabetes Emergencies
Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session you will ensure you are up to date with current best-practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. Includes:
- What are diabetes emergencies, what to watch for and how to respond?
- Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
- An update on the most common medications used to treat these conditions - what ENs need to know
11:00 MORNING TEA
Tips for Teaching Older Adults
Many older adults are keen to improve their health status and often cry out for correct information on discharge from hospital. Enrolled nurses working in acute care settings are key members of the inter-professional team and have to feel confident that they can impart new knowledge to their patients. This session looks at ways to give new knowledge to older adults that can be retained and useful. Includes:
- What is the connection between poor discharge information and bouncing back to hospital?
- What type of information is most likely to help an older adult in regard to illness prevention?
- When is the best time for a person to be given new information?
- Tips on teaching a person over the age of 80 years
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Managing Clinical Aggression
Unfortunately aggression and violence in the healthcare setting is increasing. In acute care settings, patients may behave erratically as a result of their medical condition. In order to keep yourself safe, it is very important you are aware of the skills needed to de-escalate a situation and reduce a person's level of agitation or aggression. This session explores methods and insights that help to prevent workplace aggression. Includes:
- Understanding the stages of aggression
- Strategies to de-escalate aggression, e.g. use of both words and body language
- How to reduce potential harm to yourself or others
- When might it be time to call a 'code grey'?
1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Great Expectations - To Treat or Not to Treat?
A continued source of anguish and discomfort for enrolled nurses working in acute care settings may be continuing treatment interventions in the face of futility. Traditionally this challenge has been somewhat limited to end of life and extreme situations in acute care environments. However, with our ageing population, scientific advancements, the shift towards more acutely unwell patients being cared for in general areas, as well as the expectations of the general public to 'cure', mean that we must feel comfortable to communicate and advocate in these situations. This session will discuss:
- Just because we can, does it mean we should?
- Caught in the middle - requests for treatment and medical willingness to act - what should ENs say and do?
- Should we offer 'fake' hope until a family is ready to accept?
- How do we ensure our instincts and clinical expertise are not imposed on families making decisions under duress?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Beating Burnout - A Guide for ENs..
These days burnout and stress are commonly associated with the nursing profession. We all know the nature of the work can be exceptionally demanding. Terms such as ‘compassion fatigue’ illustrate the emotions involved. The complex combination of stressors result in impaired wellbeing, costly sick leave, decreased quality care and increased risk. This final session takes a look at strategies that enrolled nurses can use to develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.
4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Enrolled nurses (ENs) in acute care are under pressure to extend their scope of practice and broaden their nursing knowledge. This includes being proficient and skilled in selected clinical specialties. In addition, the gap between evidence and practice continues to widen - weakening the effectiveness of patient outcomes. As responsibility and accountability is fundamental to what ENs do: continually updating knowledge and skills and integrating this into all aspects of patient care is imperative.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for patients requiring acute care by increasing the clinical and professional knowledge of enrolled nurses.
Your learning outcomes:
Use information from patients about their preferences for care in the development of the nursing care plan
Critically interpret and use patient information from a range of sources to provide best practice nursing care
Use communication as a therapeutic tool and to facilitate collegial and inter-professional collaboration
Implement and evaluate care that reflects best available nursing evidence so that safe and quality care is provided
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