Enrolled Nurses' Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3001
Includes: Physical Assessment; Quality; Safe Use of Medicines; Communication for Enrolled Nurses; Assessing Pain; Sexual Health and much, much more...
Enrolled Nurses are essential to the provision of high quality health care in Australia today. Make sure you are one of the well-informed and up-to-date nursing professionals by attending this conference. Learn about:
- Why evaluating care is crucial to care planning
- How to best communicate with patients who are anxious
- How to find and use the best information for your practice
- New clinical practices that will enhance patient outcomes
- What other Enrolled Nurses are doing
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8:30AM REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
Professor Cath Rogers
How To Future-Proof Your Career
This introductory session looks at why nursing and interdisciplinary evidence are becoming so important in today's workplace and how they are going to change the way you work forever. It will also look at the three corners of evidence-based care - a patient's preferences, your clinical judgement and the science - and explain what this all means for Enrolled Nurses. Includes:
- How quickly is the science of nursing care changing as a result of evidence and how will this impact ENs?
- Do patient preferences override evidence?
- What happens to your clinical judgement if evidence seems not to fit?
Enrolled Nurses - What 'Person-Centred Care’ Really Means at the Bedside
The term ‘person-centered care’ is bandied about all over health care. However, what does it really mean and how do you actually make clinical decisions that are person-centred? This session includes a discussion on:
- Principles of value-based and person-centred care
- Practical approaches to maintaining inclusive, therapeutic and collaborative relationships with patients, clients and colleagues
10:45 MORNING TEA AND COFFEE
Physical Assessment Skills That Could Save Lives
Observations made by Enrolled Nurses can be life-saving. This session reviews important assessment considerations in relation to:
- What does the overall 'look' of the patient reveal?
- How to rapidly assess a patient's respiratory and cardiovascular status
- What is perfusion? What is this telling you?
- Recognising other physiological markers such as the appearance of visible skin, levels of pain and anxiety.
Cardiac Disease - Tradition versus Knowledge
Following on the theme of the importance of evidence-based nursing, this session will show you the power of EBP as it translates to cardiac care. It will consider how the combination of: transferring knowledge into practice, patient preferences and clinical judgement can change the way we nurse cardiac patients. Includes:
- What has evidence shown us to be true about heart disease?
- What are the benefits for patients as well as staff in translating best evidence into cardiac care?
- How can patient preferences be balanced with new knowledge?
- Why is your expertise still so important?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Medicines, Falls and Other Risks - What ENs Need to Know
There is an association between certain medicines and untoward events such as falling to the ground - a known trigger for a cascade of illness in older people. Because Enrolled Nurses are usually frontline carers their importance in recognising and alerting the interdisciplinary team to medicine concerns is essential. In this session we explore:
- Which medicines pose most risks?
- Why does this happen and which groups of people are more at risk?
- Can you identify potential problems before they become catastrophic?
- What medicines should never be given together?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE
Pain - Assessing The 5th Vital Sign
Evidence suggests that good control of pain assists people to live longer. However, good control relies on accurate assessment. This session will emphasise the importance of best-practice pain assessment and will provide up-to-date information about:
- Crucial aspects of history-taking when time is short
- 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
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Sex and Health - A Nursing Perspective
Sex is an integral part of human life and is deeply connected with emotional and physical health and wellbeing. As such, nurses need to remain informed about this very personal area of life. This session reviews the role that nurses have in promoting healthy sex and includes:
- Choice and respect
- Freedom from coercion
- Prevention of disease
- Menopause - male and female!
- Sex and ageing
Cancer - Non-Pharmacological Pain Management Strategies
A review of modern non-pharmacological methods for pain reduction in people with cancer. Includes:
- Physical and psychological therapies
- Complementary therapies and their role in cancer pain management
- Relaxation and distraction techniques
- Management of impaired sleep
10:30 MORNING TEA AND COFFEE
Nursing Pearls - How Do You Really Evaluate Your Care as an Enrolled Nurse?
Evaluation is crucial to your professional practice and the health outcomes of your patients. How else would we know if we are making a difference? This interactive session looks at why evaluation and critical thinking are such vital processes for Enrolled Nurses. It will offer realistic, practical experiences to show you how you can incorporate this into your practice. Includes:
- Why does evaluation matter so much to your professional practice?
- How can evaluation sharpen your critical thinking?
- What should you be evaluating?
- What tools and reflection models may help you to evaluate your care?
Case Scenarios - How Good Teams Make a Differencee
In this session we will look at qualities of high functioning, cohesive and successful teams. Learn how to work with people in a team that encourages the best satisfaction and the least amount of conflict. Come away knowing what makes you feel valued and how to best show your appreciation for the people we work closely with.
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
What to do When People Worry about Being Sick
At a time when a person needs all the strength they can muster to get fit and well again, they may find they are held back by a deep sense of worry and loss of control over their life. They may have a condition which will never heal and which causes them to live in a perpetual state of anticipatory fear. This session will review:
- What could be considered a 'normal' state of anxiety following a diagnosis of disease?
- When does anxiety become a health risk?
- How can ENs assess worry and anxiety?
- How to engage in therapeutic conversation that alleviates worry and fear
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE
Gold Nuggets for Communicating With Colleagues
Too little? Too much? Too quiet? Too bossy? Are these ever the type of communication dilemmas that face you in your workplace? This interactive session will look at:
- How can Enrolled Nurses act assertively without being accused of aggression?
- Why is 'perception' always a wild card when communicating?
- What type of communication seems to work best and why?
- Do some people find your style of communication conflictual?
- What is the recipe for good teamwork?
4:15 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 knowledge of nursing care. This includes being proficient and skilled in selected clinical specialties. In addition, demonstrating responsibility and accountability is fundamental to the role. As the gap between evidence and practice widens it is imperative that ENs continually update their knowledge and integrate it into patient care so as to improve outcomes.
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:
Critically evaluate patient information and initiate relevant care plans
Better communicate with patients to alleviate anxiety and concerns
Apply current best-practice nursing knowledge to a range of clinical situations so as to improve patient outcomes
Implement care that reflects best available evidence so that safe and quality care is delivered
Professor Cath Rogers is Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southern Queensland. Over a ... Read More
Freda Fischer has extensive experience as a nurse educator, both in Australia and Singapore. Her qualifications include a Master of ... Read More
Dale Long is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various cancer care, palliative care and pain management roles in ... Read More
Dr Judith Dean is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with over 25 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health, midwifery and ... Read More
Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and ... Read More
Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Mater Health Services, ... Read More
Wendy Hawksworth is a mental health nurse who has worked in mental health for more than 30 years in Australia, ... Read More
Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... Read More