Gold Coast Nurses' Conference
- : Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to close gaps that in your knowledge and skills. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- Why is the focus away from the throughput of healthcare and towards the quality of the outcome?
- What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- The latest information about a range of current treatments
CHAIRPERSON: DEAN KING
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Dean KingCommunicating Within an Inter-professional Team
It is well known that the best work gets done by teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork - really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration, communication in teams. Includes:
- Learn about your own communication style — did you really say what you thought you said?
- Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
- Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
- Learn the dynamics of team communication
- The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
Haylee BerrillFAST: Recognising Stroke and the Hyperacute Phase in the Emergency Setting
Recognition of a stroke is important for ensuring that best-practice management is implemented. In this session we will look at:
- Recognising symptoms of stroke - how can rapid nursing assessment make a difference to long-term outcomes?
- What is the hyperacute phase?
- Best-practice management strategies
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dale LongPain Assessment in the Older Person
Evidence suggests that good control of pain is a critical patient outcome. However, good control relies on accurate assessment which can be challenging in the older adult due to a range of reasons. This session will emphasise the importance of best-practice pain assessment and will provide up-to-date information about:
- How do you take a pain history in an older adult with cognitive changes?
- 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
Dale LongUsing Medicines to Manage Pain
Analgesics represent a cornerstone of pain management. These medications are frequently administered by 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 nurses 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
Dr Treasure McGuireQuality Use of Antibiotics - A Systematic Approach
This session will practically present four important considerations that all nurses must be aware of to promote safe, appropriate and effective use of one of our most precious recourses - antibiotics. It will draw on common clinical scenarios to highlight the importance of understanding your role in the following:
- Observing for an infection
- Considerations when determining a likely pathogen and selecting a therapy
- Monitoring and assessing patient response (intended or unintended)
Linda BradburyInflammatory Arthritis - Update for Nurses
Inflammatory arthritis describes a group of conditions that affect the body’s immune system. These autoimmune diseases can causes a range of progressive disabilities. This session begins to look at the three most common inflammatory arthritis conditions - rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. Includes:
- What are known to be causes of these conditions and are they preventable?
- Does early recognition prevent deterioration?
- What are the characteristics and clinical features of these conditions?
- Why and how do these conditions affect other body systems?
- Nursing management and considerations
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
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: DEAN KING
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Amanda FryerPre-Diabetes - A Window of Opportunity?
The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes. Find out the latest information about pre-diabetes including:
- What is it and how is it diagnosed?
- Who gets it?
- What education can a nurse provide to patients to prevent it from developing into type II diabetes?
- Dietary friends and foes
Amanda FryerCorrectly Injecting Insulin - The Facts
It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependant as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. Includes:
- What is the correct method to use to inject insulin?
- If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
- What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
- How is lipohypertrophy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
- How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Scott McClintockRenal Colic or Kidney Stones - ‘The Worst Pain of My Life’
Renal colic is a type of pain that can is caused by calcified kidney stones. Stones may differ in type and relate to the build up of different chemicals in the urine. It is a source of huge discomfort and can pose an extensive risk for kidney damage. This session will revise the following:
- Back to basics - renal anatomy explained
- What are the different types of kidney stones
- Common causes of kidney stones
- Can kidney stones be prevented?
- What are the different types of treatment and when may they be indicated?
Dr Deborah MooneyAssessment for Traumatic Stress Conditions
Traumatic stress conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) are becoming more prevalent in the community. Assessment needs to be comprehensive and include good history taking skills. The choice of screening tool should reflect the best available evidence. This practical session demonstrates:
- Are there early warning signs that these conditions may exist?
- What does a comprehensive assessment for ASD or PTSD consist of?
- What would make you suspect a person may have ASD or PTSD?
- How are people screened for ASD or PTSD?
- How can you elicit information from a person who is deeply traumatised?
- An evaluation of assessment tools
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Kim KaimPreventing Surgical Site Infections (SSIs)
Surgical site infections are common and costly health care associated infections (HAIs). Patient morbidity, mortality and length of stay in hospital are all affected by SSIs. This session looks at SSI prevention and includes:
- Assessment and preparation of the skin prior to surgery
- What are the side effects for anti-septic agents?
- How to select the most appropriate antiseptic agent and its application
- Guidelines for the management of surgical wounds post-operatively
Kim KaimSkin Tear Management and the Older Adult
Despite their name, skin tears are traumatic wounds that require specific treatment. They are a significant risk for compromised patients, including the older adult. In this session, preventing and effectively managing skin tears will be presented. Includes:
- What do we mean by “skin integrity” and how is this compromised?
- Which elements in a patient’s history would alert you that the person was at risk of suffering a skin tear injury?
- Are there any factors that increase the risk of skin tears in older adults?
- What types of situations may lead to increased friction and risk skin tears developing in the older adult?
- Best practise assessment, management, and documentation – what are the STAR/Payne- Martin systems?
- Dressing the wound - what type of dressing must be applied?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
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
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 to people 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 practice topics that will improve how you deliver nursing care.Your learning outcomes:
People in your care with health risks will receive preventative nursing action to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice and recognised standards and guidelinesPresenters
Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... Read More
Haylee Berrill is a Stroke Clinical Nurse Consultant at Gold Coast University Hospital. She works collaboratively with a Multi Disciplinary ... 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 Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Mater Health Services, ... Read More
Linda Bradbury is a Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner. Linda completed her general nurse training in London. After working in general medicine, ... Read More
Amanda Fryer has been working in Diabetes Education for 20 years, and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More
Dr McClintock works privately at Allamanda and Pindara Private Hospitals and is the Director of Urology at The Gold Coast ... Read More
Kim has a Master’s degree in wound care from Monash and is currently a Clinical Nurse Consultant Wound Management within ... Read More