Enrolled Nurses' Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3000
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…
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introduction
Fran PearcePatient 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?
Fran PearceDelirium and Trauma
Delirium has a substantially high mortality rate. In older people, it can be caused by a raft of factors that includes infection, medicines, and trauma. Early identification of the condition is imperative if morbidity is to be averted. In trauma situations, delirium could easily be confused with dementia. This session looks at delirium and trauma, how to identify it, and what to do when it occurs. It includes:
- How is trauma a trigger for delirium?
- What are the signs and symptoms of delirium and how do they differ from dementia?
- What are the key actions enrolled nurses should take immediately if delirium is suspected?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Leanne BoaseScope of Practice – No Shades of Grey
The scope of practice of enrolled nurses need not be a grey area. While scope of practice across all aspects of nursing is ever changing, it is possible to find your sweet spot. This next session will clarify any areas of grey and offer case scenarios to assist you to apply this knowledge to your role. This session discusses:
- How the scope of practice of enrolled nurses has evolved over time
- What the current role of the enrolled nurses encapsulates
- How enrolled nurses can expand their scope of practice
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonNewly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Enrolled Nurses Can Help
A person who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes is often confused and worried. They may seek information from many sources. However, professional face-to-face communication is essential in these early days. This session looks at the common issues that face a person who is newly diagnosed with diabetes, including:
- Why is it essential that thorough diabetes education is provided at the time of diagnosis?
- How do you discuss the causative factors of type II diabetes?
- What should the person be doing with regards to self- monitoring of blood glucose levels?
- What are the current trends with dietary advice for those with type II diabetes?
- What about exercise – is it good for everyone?
- Which websites are credible and offer the best support?
- What resources are available for ongoing diabetes education?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Catherine Wallace-WilkinsonKeeping up with the … New Medications for Type II Diabetes
Currently, six groups of medications can be used in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and the list is growing. With the increase in the different groups available, a current knowledge of the drugs, their mode of action, and possible adverse effects is required by all nurses. As such, the purpose of this session is to update your knowledge of the following:
- What are the differing groups of medications for type II diabetes and where is their mode of action?
- How do they interact with other diabetes medications?
- How can enrolled nurses reduce risks associated with these new medicines?
- What else is in the pipeline?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Pierre BaumeSpeaking Out for Those Who Cannot - Advocacy and Nursing
Advocating is about speaking up when a problem goes unnoticed. All nurses are responsible for the trust patients put in them and their ability to advocate becomes incredibly important. This session looks at:
- What are your professional responsibilities in regard to advocacy?
- When should you speak up for a patient?
- Why advocating is really about negotiation
- Can you be culpable for failing to advocate?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Geoff AhernAre You Stuck in a Rut?
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 opening session of day two takes a look at what might be causing these insidious professional dangers to occur. It will also provide an opportunity for you to reflect on ways you can prevent this from occurring to you.
Geoff AhernBeating Burnout – Self-care for Enrolled Nurses
Nursing is a hard profession, especially given the shift-work nature of our jobs. Engaging and encouraging patients to make better health choices is difficult, especially if we are not making positive health choices ourselves. As role models, advocates, and educators of health, our clients and patients look to us for guidance and help. It is imperative that we care for ourselves first and foremost, in order to care for others. This session follows on with practical strategies and will serve a timely reminder about why self-care matters.
10:45 MORNING TEA
Melinda BrooksVenous 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?
Melinda BrooksWound 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
Samantha CaseySEPSIS – 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?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Fran PearceNow What? Clinical Leadership at the Bedside
How will you as an enrolled nurse apply the new knowledge that you have gained or the existing knowledge that you have had reinforced over these past two days? Unfortunately, it is not as straightforward as we might think. Despite high personal motivation, there may be individual and/or environmental barriers that prevent this knowledge from being put into practice. This final session will arm you with practical tips that you can take away to enable you to translate knowledge into practice, including:
- What is clinical leadership?
- What barriers can prevent learning being put into practice?
- What if cultural change is required?
- What are some practical strategies to help you demonstrate your clinical leadership and apply new knowledge?
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
Fran Pearce is currently employed as an education coordinator at a large metropolitan teaching hospital. She has extensive experience in ... Read More
Leanne Boase is a Nurse Practitioner with a background in critical care and paediatrics. She currently practices across four GP ...Read More
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a Registered Nurse and has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated commitment ... Read More
Pierre Baume is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and practises in the areas of health law, family law, and ... Read More
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician who works with the Victorian Police on a specialised mental health emergency ...Read More
Melinda Brooks has worked in wound management for more than 20 years in a variety of settings, from the Victorian ... Read More
Samantha Casey is a registered nurse with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Intensive Care). Samantha currently works in a ... Read More