Enrolled Nurses' Conference
- : West Lakes SA 5021
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!Schedule
CHAIRPERSON: NORAH BOSTOCK
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
8:30Registration and Refreshments
Norah BostockWhat 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. Healthcare 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 healthcare are helpful to know?
Marlene AndersonThings to Consider Before Becoming a Registered Nurse
Some ENs may wish to further their education and become a Registered Nurse. This sessions looks at some of the things to consider before making such a move. Includes:
- What will you gain from such a decision?
- Is there a downside?
- Other considerations e.g is ether such a thing as a “Grad Year” for ENs and what support would I get?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Jayne LehmannDiabetes and Diabetes Emergencies - Essentials for Enrolled Nurses
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 learn about 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
Leah PaleyPhysical Assessment Skills That Could Save Life - Neurological System
The general consensus from nurses is that anything to do with the brain is seen as difficult to understand! Yet, a neurological assessment need not be as hard as it seems. The purpose of this session is to take you through the basics of a neurological assessment, including the Glascow Coma Scale (GCS). Topics covered include:
- What is a GCS include and what does this tell you?
- What else, other than a person’s GCS should be assessed e.g. limb strength?
- Reporting changes - when must this occur?
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Leah Paley‘Red Flags’ - What to do When Your Patient Becomes Unwell
It is not unusual for patients to deteriorate quickly. ENs require education to help develop the knowledge and skills to detect and act upon these often subtle signs. Using case scenarios this session will highlight ‘red flags’ of deterioration that you must be able to recognise and look at what actions should take place. Includes:
- What clues or changes in clinical observations may indicate a patient is becoming unwell?
- What immediate assessment should be undertaken when you suspect a patient is deteriorating?
- How should these changes in observations be documented?
- When should I contact a medical officer in a hospital or ambulance in RACF?
Tracy EdwardsSimplifying 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
This session takes you through 12 lead ECG interpretation in a step-by-step manner that will help you to understand different rhythms. 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 ECG changes that EN’s should be able to pick up
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Tracy EdwardsChest Pain - What Do I Need to Do?
If your patient reports that they have chest pain, what would you do next? How would you assess the person? Would you be confident in knowing the cause? This interactive session will leave you feeling much more confident that you can answer these questions. Includes:
- What to do when your patient reports they have chest pain
- How to perform a quick cardiovascular assessment
- Types of chest pain revealed
- Latest evidence on the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of chest pain
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: NORAH BOSTOCK
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Sue TempletonSkin 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
Kathryn ResiliThe Challenges of Delirium and Dementia Symptoms
Delirium and dementia are common conditions that ENs 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
10:30 MORNING TEA
Norah BostockAs 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
Joy GailerHow 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
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Linda StarrThe Use of Restraint - Whose Need is Being Met?
In patients who are confused or who are behaving aggressively, the use of restraint 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?
Linda StarrHow 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 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
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Norah BostockGetting 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 healthcare 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
4:30 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
Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse working as a Consultant in private practice in South Australia. She has an ... Read More
Marlene Anderson has a long history in nursing having worked in a wide range of health care settings, including nursing ... Read More
Jayne Lehmann is a clinician, educator, consultant, blogger, author and researcher whose diabetes management and education skills are nationally recognised. ... Read More
Leah Paley is a Registered Nurse based in Adelaide. Leah holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Certificate in Emergency Nursing, and ... Read More
Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency Department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, ... Read More
Sue Templeton is the Nurse Practitioner Wound Management for RDNS SA Ltd. Sue has been involved in wound management since ... Read More
Dr Linda Starr is a general and psychiatric qualified Nurse, Lawyer and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and ... Read More
Joy Gailer is a clinical pharmacist with the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS) based at the Repatriation General Hospital. ... Read More
Kathryn Resili is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner for the Older Person, with a focus on Dementia and Delirium. ... Read More