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Enrolled Nurses' Conference

  • : Melbourne VIC 3000


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

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Day One



Registration and Refreshments


Fran Pearce

What Will Enrolled Nursing Work Be Like in 2025?

The trend towards high acuity care in both hospitals and aged care facilities means 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 to the future to consider:

  • What may employment look like for ENs in 2025?
  • What trends in healthcare are helpful to know?


Fran Pearce

Things 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 there such a thing as a 'grad year' for ENs and what support would I get?



Geoff Ahern

Acute Mental Health Assessment - A Guide for ENs

Enrolled Nurses working across a range of settings will at some stage be required to care for people with serious mental illnesses. Therefore it is essential that ENs have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform an acute mental health assessment. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. Includes:

  • What are the basic principles of a mental health assessment when someone is acutely unwell?
  • What is distress and what clinical situations may this be seen in?
  • What is meant by the term ‘affect’ and how is this relevant?
  • How are symptoms of psychosis differentiated from other serious mental illness such as schizophrenia?
  • Assessing for depression, suicidal ideation and hallucinations


Geoff Ahern

Therapeutic Communication and People with a Mental Illness

People with mental health conditions may also experience difficulty communicating, particularly when they are unwell. ENs may also lack confidence in speaking with someone who is depressed, experiencing hallucinations or is highly anxious. However, ENs 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


Kerrie Davies

Chest 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



Renee Di Giuseppe

‘To Give or Not to Give’ - Oxygen Therapy Latest Evidence

Oxygen therapy represents an area of clinical nursing where evidence has changed therefore clinical practices must reflect this. No longer is oxygen always considered necessary or always safe. This session will bring you up to date on modern evidence about oxygen, including how oxygen therapy and various devices can be safely and correctly chosen. Includes:

  • What has changed in terms of oxygen?
  • What do oxygen saturations really measure and what targets should we be aiming for?
  • Why is it important to have a basic understanding of concepts such as hypoxaemia, hypoxia and respiratory failure?
  • How hold oxygen devices are chosen and what does each device do?



Kylie Thiele

How to Recognise a Blood Clot

Blood clots are a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that must be immediately recognised. While much of the focus is often on prevention, ENs must feel confident that can can assess the patient for the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. This sessions will go back to basics to help you understand how to perform a detailed assessment for DVT and PE so that you can immediately recognise them should they develop. Includes:

  • What physical signs may indicate a DVT?
  • What changes in patient observations must make you immediately suspicious of a PE or DVT?
  • What should I do after an assessment?
  • How does immediate and accurate assessment improve patient outcomes?


Craig Maloney

Getting 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


Day Two



Lisa Dick

The 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


Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Diabetes 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



Dr Robyn Saunders

How 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 occur 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


Amanda Wynne

The 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?



Craig Maloney

As 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


Craig Maloney

How 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 sessions 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



Dr Jill Beattie

It’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 an ENs 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


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 provided


Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney has an impressive background which includes a Master of Mental Health Nursing and graduate qualifications in Child Adolescent ... Read More

Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce is currently employed as an Education Coordinator at Austin Health. She has extensive experience in orthopaedic nursing, including ... Read More

Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a Senior Mental Health Clinician from Melbourne, who works with Victorian Police on a specialised mental health ... Read More

Kerrie Davies

Kerrie Davies

Kerrie Davies has extensive nursing experience within the critical care arena, including 24 years in education. She has been a ... Read More

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe is a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at a large ... Read More

Kylie Thiele

Kylie Thiele

Kylie Thiele is a Critical Care Nurse based in Melbourne. ... Read More

Lisa Dick

Lisa Dick

Lisa is an Older Persons Nurse Practitioner for Mercy Health working across the Metropolitan Mercy Place Residential Homes. Lisa has ... Read More

Robyn Saunders

Robyn Saunders

Robyn graduated with a bachelor of pharmacy degree from the Victorian College of Pharmacy (now Monash University). She has extensive ... Read More

Jill Beattie

Jill Beattie

Dr Jill Beattie is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness ... Read More

Amanda Wynne

Amanda Wynne

Amanda Wynne is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, family violence, mental health, ... Read More

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a Registered Nurse and has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated ... Read More

Enrolled Nurses' Conference
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
12 hours
Start Date
End Date
12 hours
$572.00 (two days)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne Oaks On Collins , 480 Collins St
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