Enrolled Nurses' Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
As enrolled nurses 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. Learn about:
- Using the power of best evidence to change things
- New clinical practices that enhance patient outcomes
- Preventing medication errors and untoward events
- How to engage in difficult conversations
- Why evaluating care is crucial to care planning
- How other enrolled nurses are developing their practice
Ausmed Education’s Enrolled Nurse Conferences are always highly evaluated. They offer you a wonderful opportunity to ensure your knowledge does not slip. Don’t miss out! Book now!
CHAIRPERSON: DEAN KING
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
8:55Welcome to Conference and Introductory Comments
Karen-Ann ClarkeWhat Will Enrolled Nursing Work Be Like In 2025?
The trend towards high acuity care in both hospitals and aged care facilities means those ENs who work in these facilities are experiencing a need to increasingly and rapidly upskill. Health care will undoubtedly continue to change at a fast pace becoming more patient centred and community based. This session looks in the crystal ball and asks:
- What may employment look like for ENs in 2025?
- What trends in health care are helpful to know?
Freda FischerSimplifying 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
This session takes you through 12 lead ECG interpretation in a step-by-step manner that will help you identify important acute ECG changes indicating Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Includes:
- Why are ECGs recorded?
- Why are leads are placed where they are and what do they tell us?
- How are they recorded?
- How to prepare a person for an ECG
- Important acute ECG changes indicating ACS that EN’s should be able to pick up
10:30 MORNING TEA
Karen-Ann ClarkeHow to Create Clear Personal Boundaries
Establishing and maintaining clear personal boundaries have proven to be effective strategies in dealing with unpredictable and unstable behaviours of others, including staff and patients/clients. As well, creating boundaries is a useful technique to help you learn how to say no to unrealistic demands from others. This can help form an important aspect of self-care and stress reaction. This session explains this is important concept that is often not well understood and infrequently taught. Includes:
- What are personal boundaries and why are they so important in healthcare?
- How can personal boundaries can protect you from manipulation, stress and burnout?
- What to do when your boundaries are challenged
Karen-Ann ClarkeTherapeutic Communication and People with a Mental Illness
People with mental health conditions may also experience difficulty communicating, particularly when they are unwell. EN’s may also lack confidence in speaking with someone who is depressed, experiencing hallucinations or is highly anxious. However, EN’s need to feel comfortable in speaking with people in these situations and with relatives and carers of those with a mental illness. This session looks at the very important considerations surrounding therapeutic communication in these challenging circumstances. Includes:
- Golden rules of therapeutic communication
- Cultural considerations that ENs should consider
- Body language - practical examples of what makes a difference
- Communicating when health literacy is limited or non-existent
- How much should I say - disclosure and confidentiality with family members
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Dean KingMay The Force Be With YOU: Build Your Personal Resilience
Personal resilience is an incredible foundation to fall back on. Increasing your personal resilience or ability to bounce back is an incredibly useful strategy for dealing with workplace stress and the demands of nursing. This session of the conference will explore:
- What is resilience?
- How does an understanding of the brain help us to be resilient?
- What impact do our belief and value systems play in staying resilient?
- 7 easy techniques to build your personal resilience
Dean KingGetting On Fine - Working With Others in a New Era of Healthcare
It is now well known that genuine teamwork is the only way forward if quality health care is to be provided. Interdisciplinary teams are becoming the norm, but these, in turn, generate their own problems. For example, if an EN feels threatened or too unsure to speak out then unintended events may occur. This session throws a new light on working with others and includes:
- Why is so much emphasis put on teamwork?
- What does a healthy team look like?
- How to know if you are a good collaborator
- Top tips for working in teams
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dean KingAs Cool As A Cucumber - How to Deal with Conflict
Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to health, wellbeing and patient or client outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility and a calm head can help YOU manage conflict better. This interactive session looks at:
- Is it ever possible to avoid conflict with destructive personalities?
- Attack or defend? Working out your stance in a conflictual situation
- Communication is key - when to defuse and when to engage
- What about body language?
- Knowing what makes my emotions get out of control in a conflictual situation
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: DEAN KING
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Tara QuirkeThe Challenges of Delirium and Dementia Symptoms
Delirium and dementia are common conditions that EN’s are likely to see frequently. Delirium has a high related morbidity and can be a trigger for patient deterioration. It is often unrecognised until it is well advanced, and is easily confused with dementia. It can be triggered by acute illness, surgical interventions and a range of inflammatory responses. This session looks at:
- Definitions and differences between these two types of mental impairments
- Which types of patients are likely to develop delirium within 24 hours of surgery and why?
- How long does delirium usually last?
- Can delirium progress to dementia?
- Nursing interventions that work
TBAThe Use of Restraint - Whose Need is Being Met?
In patients are confused or who are behaving aggressively, the use of restraints may be considered necessary. However, restraining a person using a device should only be used as a last resort. Only if the risks of not restraining are outweighed by injury or harm may restraint be considered. This session reviews the legal ramifications for the use of restraint and will include:
- What is the legal definition of restrictive practices?
- On whom can restraint be applied and in what circumstance
- What types of restraint can be used?
- Is restraint an incident and should it be documented?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Treasure McGuireHow Many is Too Many? Polypharmacy in the Older Adult
The use of medicines in older people may be potentially dangerous. As people age, the chances of medication interactions and unwanted side effects increase. Enrolled Nurses must feel confident that they are familiar with the special considerations, risks and safety issues in older people. This session will explain:
- What changes as people age and why does this affect the amount of medicines that they are prescribed?
- What are the most significant risks and adverse medicine events that can occur?
- Common culprit medicines to watch out for
- How can ENs be involved in initiating or recommending a medicine review
Dale LongUsing Medicines to Manage Pain
Analgesics represent a cornerstone of pain management. These medications are frequently administered by Enrolled Nurses. Analgesia may be administered in many forms and different types have varied modes and durations of action. The complex and wide variety of analgesia agents means EN’s must feel confident that they understand this commonly administered class of medication. This session provides an update on an important area of practice. Includes:
- What are the most common types of analgesics and other medications that may be prescribed for reducing pain?
- What are the benefits and risk of each type of analgesia?
- Ointment, patch, tablet or pump? Common issues to assess for e.g common side effects or complications
- What to do when the analgesia is not working
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Sean Smith‘Listen Up’: How to Deal with Complaints
No matter how good the provision of care or service, there will always be someone who is not satisfied. Conversely, if healthcare is under par complaints are justified and will give a health provider an opportunity to address a problem about which they were not previously aware. In your position, you as an Enrolled Nurse may be the first person to receive the complaint. How you respond at this early stage has important ramifications. This session arms you with insights into the appropriate management of complaints. Includes:
- First line response - what to say and do initially
- How to know when to offer support - should you apologise?
- Reading the signs - when to listen, when to speak
- How to remain calm - appropriate use of language
- Follow up documentation and other actions required
Kim KaimSkin Integrity in Older Adults
As people age, their skin changes in structure and function. With these changes comes an increased risk of damage to skin integrity. Tears and abrasions can lead to serious problems and infection can readily emerge in exposed areas. This session will examine key concepts to guide your comprehensive nursing assessment of skin in older adults. Includes:
- Why does skin change over time?
- How do I assess an older adult's skin integrity?
- Factors that cause skin to breakdown
- Preventative strategies to prevent skin tears
- Practical guide to choosing correct products for prevention and treatment of skin tears
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Veronica MercerIt’s Time for ME - Why Self-Care Matters
Successfully caring for others requires Enrolled Nurses to be in the best possible physical, emotional and psychological state of health. Although we spend so much time and energy learning to care for others, taking time to care for ourselves can often be overlooked. Feelings of stress, burnout and compassion fatigue may develop, compromising EN’s ability to care for others. This session will encourage you to reflect on the following:
- I am not alone - what are common stressors felt by Enrolled Nurses?
- What does it mean to ‘self-care’ and why does this matter?
- Simple ways to incorporate self-care into your daily work and personal life
- Practical strategies to cope with stress
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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
Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... 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
Freda spent 20 years working clinically in a variety of intensive care and cardiac units. Since then she has had ... Read More
Tara Quirke is a Registered Nurse with over 38 years' nursing experience and has held several senior management and educational ... Read More
Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Mater Health Services, ... Read More
Dale Long is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various cancer care, palliative care and pain management roles in ... Read More
Sean Smith has had the privilege of working in healthcare for the past 31 years in more than a dozen ... Read More
Veronica Mercer worked as a nurse for 15 years in community and hospital settings, and now works in private practice. ... Read More
To Be Determined