Enrolled Nurses' Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
As an Enrolled Nurse you are essential to the provision of high quality healthcare in Australia today. Make sure you are one of the well-informed and up-to-date nursing professionals by attending this conference. Take time out to network with like-minded colleagues at this annual Ausmed Education event. Learn about:
- Using the power of best evidence to change nursing practice
- New clinical practices that enhance patient outcomes
- Preventing medication errors and untoward events
- How to engage in difficult conversations
- Practical tips to enhance your professional wellbeing
- How to prevent stress, burnout and compassion fatigue and much, much more…
Ausmed Education’s Enrolled Nurses’ Conferences are always highly evaluated and very popular. They are relevant to Enrolled Nurses working in any setting and offer you a wonderful opportunity to ensure your knowledge does not slip. Don’t miss out - book now!Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introduction
Jane StanfieldThe Inherent Instability of Teams – Meeting the Challenges of Interprofessional Collaboration
Nowadays, a healthcare team is interprofessional and includes enrolled nurses, registered nurses, doctors, pharmacists and others. Each member has the best interests of the patient at heart. However, because of the many overlaps and challenges that can arise in a complex, large team, sometimes we can see it leading to a breakdown in the provision of effective care. This introductory session reflects on:
- Are teams essentially unstable?
- How does communication affect interprofessional relationships?
- What can be done to overcome these problems?
Jane StanfieldPatient Satisfaction – the Elephant in the Room?
Listening to what patients are not saying – hearing the unheard – is as important as being attentive to what they are saying. Patient satisfaction, now seen as a key outcome of care, is often a difficult outcome to achieve. It is a highly subjective experience and is provided uniquely by different people. This can lead to immense confusion on both sides. This session looks at:
- What does patient satisfaction look like?
- Does it change when a person is seriously ill?
- What is the evidence in favour of achieving patient satisfaction?
- What tips are there for ENs in regard to finding their unique way to achieve patient satisfaction?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Sue de MuelenaereFour Electrolytes You Need to Know!
Electrolyte disturbances can have a profound effect on any patient, particularly older adults, and can result in life-threatening disorders. Patients with underlying cardiac disease may be more susceptible. The prevalence of older adults with cardiac disease in any practice setting means that enrolled nurses must feel confident that they can recognise common imbalances. This session explains the effect four key electrolytes have on the heart, how to identify abnormalities, and common treatments for electrolyte disturbances, and looks at:
- What are the four essential electrolytes and why are these vital to heart function?
- How can you identify serum electrolyte imbalances on a rhythm strip or ECG?
- What are the common treatment modalities for serious or life-threatening electrolyte imbalances?
Amanda FryerNewly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Enrolled Nurses Can Help
A person who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes is often very confused and worried. They may seek information from many sources which may help or hinder. However, professional face-to-face communication is essential in these early days and Enrolled Nurses working in hospital or community practises may be a first point of call. This session looks at the common issues that face a person who is newly diagnosed with diabetes and what you can do to make a difference. Includes:
- Should you recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose?
- What dietary advice should you give in order to manage blood glucose levels?
- Should you advise a person to increase exercise if they are slim?
- Which websites are credible and can help?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Debbie RigbyKeeping Up with the … New Medications for Type II Diabetes
More and more medicines now exist and are being used in the management of type II diabetes mellitus. A greater capacity of these new medicines to lower blood glucose levels requires all nurses to be up-to-date on the safety considerations to prevent adverse patient outcomes. The purpose of this session is to update your knowledge of the following:
- New medicines that exist for the treatment of Type II diabetes
- Expected clinical outcomes of these new medicines
- Interactions with other oral hypoglycaemic agents
- Reduction of risk in emerging safety issues associated with these new medicines
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Denise SimmonsAdvocacy and Enrolled Nurses – Knowing How and When to Speak Up
The advent of greater patient involvement in their own care is resulting in the push for control over patients’ own health information. Enrolled nurses are increasingly being encouraged to share more information about their patient with that patient. This patient-centred approach can make it hard to know what to share, with whom, and when. However, for enrolled nurses, it also opens up an opportunity to advocate for your patients in more ways than one, and to more directly represent that patient’s wishes – and potentially those of their carer. This session will look at how clear communication can be achieved across a range of mediums.
- Why is it crucial to consistently communicate key messages to patients, families, and the healthcare team?
- How can this clear communication be achieved across a range of mediums e.g. progress notes, clinical reviews, and during handover?
- What other ways can we advocate for patients?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Sean SmithGiving Credit Where Credit is Due!
When was the last time you were praised for the work you’ve done? Do you regularly praise others? The impact on a person when their achievements are recognised – no matter how small – can be highly motivating. Start day two of the conference by finding out about:
- What is the difference between flattery and authentic praise?
- How to contribute to a healthy work environment using recognition
- How to flow on the effect of positive reinforcement to benefit patients?
Emily HenryThe Sixth Vital Sign? Assessing Your Patient’s Nutritional Health
There are many “red flags” that may indicate that the patient in your care may have diseases or conditions relating to their diet. However, obvious as things may seem, what do we ask? What are we looking for and how do we then initiate a productive conversation with our patients? This session will look at how your patient may present and clues you should be alert for. It includes:
- What does a person’s nutrients tell us?
- What might indicate chronic dieting and eating disorders?
- Can nutrition deficiencies manifest in mental health changes?
- How do gut issues, headaches, and skin complaints link to diet?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Louise WebberVenous Leg Ulcers – Sorting Fact from Fiction
Every enrolled nurse, regardless of their practice setting, is likely to have cared for a person with a venous leg ulcer. While clear evidence explains how venous leg ulcers should be assessed and managed, this knowledge does not always get translated into practice. As such, this session will clarify and assist you to understand the following:
- What is the difference between venous, arterial, and mixed leg ulcers?
- What causes them?
- How do you manage them?
Louise WebberWound Healing – What Works Wonders?
Zinc, honey, sea salt spray – what’s next? The number of therapies and products available that are designed to promote wound healing grows by the day. But what actually works and how can we practically translate this growing body of evidence into practice? This session explains the following:
- What are the key ingredients for wound healing?
- How do we assess if a particular therapy is effective?
- A look at what options currently exist, work well, and can be applied to your practice?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Chris FoleySEPSIS - When Time Matters!
Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death around the world? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session will use common case scenarios to explain in a basic manner how and why sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect early warning signs and includes:
- What is the definition of sepsis?
- What is the relationship between infection and sepsis?
- How can sepsis be recognised early and what role do screening tools play?
- A look at bundled management of sepsis – what is recommended and why?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Jane StanfieldBonding in the Workplace – The Importance of Social and Emotional Intelligence
There is a lot of evidence to show that high levels of social and emotional intelligence result in better workplaces. The ability to communicate quickly and decisively, across a lattice-work of interactions is essential in today’s fast-paced and complex health context. This final session looks at:
- Why social and emotional intelligence is just as big a factor in success as motivation, skill set, and competence
- What is the relationship between the use of high levels of emotional intelligence and personal resilience?
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Enrolled Nurses (ENs) are under pressure to extend their scope of practice and broaden their nursing knowledge. This includes being proficient and skilled in selected areas of care. In addition, the gap between evidence and practice continues to widen - weakening the effectiveness of patient outcomes. As responsibility and accountability is fundamental to the work of ENs, it is imperative that continual updates to knowledge and skills are integrated into all aspects of patient care.Purpose of Program
The purpose of this program is to improve patient outcomes by increasing the clinical and professional knowledge and practice of Enrolled Nurses.Your learning outcomes:
Use information from patients about their care preferences 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 providedPresenters
Jane Stanfield is a health service improvement coach. She comes with 30 years’ experience in health care, half as a ...Read More
Amanda Fryer has been working in diabetes education for 20 years and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More
Sue de Muelenaere
Sue de Muelenaere is a Registered Nurse with 15 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor ... Read More
Chris Foley is a Registered Nurse in the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps. He has a background in emergency and ... Read More
Sean Smith has had the privilege of working in healthcare for the past 31 years in more than a dozen ... Read More
Louise Webber is a Nurse Practitioner, specialising in skin integrity and wound management. She is the owner of Wound Therapies ... Read More
Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduation with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of ... Read More
Emily Henry is an Accredited Nutritionist, Dietitian and Sports Dietitian. She has studied sports nutrition through the International Olympic Committee ... Read More
Denise Simmons is currently working on the Sunshine Coast as a Nurse Practitioner: chronic disease. The object of her service ...Read More