Gold Coast Nurses' Conference
- : Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
The Nurse Health Coach
Are you someone who gets a real kick out of seeing a patient have an “ah-ha!” moment? Do you have an amazing ability to connect well with patients? Have you ever thought about putting your talents to good use and becoming a health coach? We wear many different hats in our role as nurses, and health coaching is now seen as an increasing part of nursing and a potential new horizon for nurses to explore professionally. This session will open your mind to the possibility of being a “nurse health coach” and how you can apply your passion for your patients to help guide them towards better health.
Good Data, Better Information; Great Knowledge and Improved Clinical Decisions
Health informatics is a topic that includes the collection and use of data to effectively inform healthcare decisions. In this session you will explore:
- How data becomes information and provides knowledge that informs decisions
- How to use data and existing resources
- The qualities that make good data great
- The big benefits of electronic data
10:30 MORNING TEA
Coping with New Technology – A Management Competency
As clinicians, we must promote safety and quality in healthcare while embracing new technology. This session will explore:
- The role of clinical managers in embracing new, efficacious technology
- Technology risks and how they can be mitigated
- The nursing role in managing risk, safety, and quality in the area of health technology
Biologic Agents – Clinical Considerations
Biologic agents are now being used more frequently for the treatment of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, and multiple sclerosis. Their prevalence demands that all nurses need to understand the clinical considerations associated with these medicines. This session includes:
- What are biologic agents?
- Why are these agents used?
- What are the common side effects?
- What are the prescribing considerations when a patient is receiving or has received biologics?
- What are the clinical considerations due to changes in a person’s immune system?
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Pain Management at End-of-Life
Getting the dose of analgesia correct can be difficult. It is even more complicated if a person has a dementing illness or is unconscious. This session looks at the management of analgesia in the final days of a person’s life. It includes:
- Clinical decision-making and the appropriate use of morphine for pain relief
- Relief of other symptoms at the end of a person’s life
Managing Neuropathic Pain in People
Neuropathy, damage to one’s nerves, may be particularly troublesome, particularly the pain associated with it. Why is managing neuropathic pain in people so difficult, and why can it result in other complications? This session explores an often debilitating complication and includes:
- What are the neural pathways involved in neuropathic pain?
- How can you assess symptoms of neuropathic pain?
- What is the best management option?
- Is there a window of opportunity for analgesia and, if so, what is the best type?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
We Are What We Eat - But What Influences Us?
We are responsible for moving the hand that feeds us, and thus it is our ultimate responsibility to choose what goes on our fork. Do we actually know what we need to be doing and, if so, why are we getting it so very wrong? Learn what influences the nutrition decisions we make, from marketing, dieting, the weight control industry, to the mighty dollar. It's time to consider:
- Health and food literacy – do we know what is right and wrong anymore?
- Financial factors and time – What’s the actual time and cost of convenience food?
- How are we affected by the magic of marketing?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Recognition and Management of Wound Infections
The prevention of wound infection should be a primary management objective for all healthcare practitioners as the development of a wound infection depends on the complex interplay of many factors. This session includes:
- How do I recognise when a wound is infected?
- Wound swabbing: when and where?
- Choice of wound products: why do they matter?
Newly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Nurses Can Help
A person who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes is often confused and worried. They may seek information from many sources which may help. 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, which websites are credible and can help, and includes:
- Should you recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose?
- What dietary advice should you give if they like to eat potatoes in the evening?
- Should you advise a person to increase exercise if they are slim?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Older People and Medicines
As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. In this session, you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is essential. It includes a note on distractions at the drug trolley and explores:
- Metabolism and medicines – how do we change?
- Medication delivery mechanisms – does one size fit all?
- What are the dangers in crushing medicines – are there other options?
- What are the top ten interactions to watch for?
Getting “Buy-In” from Your Patients
Many nurses feel a shared sense of frustration that, despite the health education they can provide, patients resist taking advice and making changes to their health. Are we going about health promotion in the wrong way? Are our needs being met rather than our patients? Sometimes we may be too eager to provide useful, practical tips to our patients. Despite our best intentions, are we failing to see what matters most to our patients? Is it time to use our reputation as one of the most trusted professions to go back to basics and build a meaningful relationship with our patients? From here, anything is possible, right? Let’s discuss:
- The power of unconditional positive regard
- How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
- Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
- Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Managing Chronic Denuded Peristomal Skin: Best Practice Guide
Most nurses encounter chronic denuded peristomal skin in their practice. However, the nature of denuded peristomal skin management continues to confound many nurses especially due to the ever-increasing range of treatments. This session looks at denuded peristomal skin management, including:
- The aetiology of how denuded peristomal skin differs from acute denuded peristomal skin
- How to manage a denuded peristomal skin that has become infected
- Reigniting healing in chronic denuded peristomal skin
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Deborah Mooney
Wellbeing in Nurses: Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?
The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. This final session explores enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care and includes:
- Whether wellbeing should this be considered a part of professional development
- How to sustain wellbeing across the day to go home healthy
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Safety and quality are essential and are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information in regard to the nursing care you provide is a given, no matter where you work. This is a time when:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Throughput is no longer the goal of care and is being replaced with quality outcomes.
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high-value care that is outcome focused. Addressing emerging gaps in knowledge through up-to-date information is crucial if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved.
Purpose of Program
This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.
Your learning outcomes:
People with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines
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