Gosford Nurses' Conference
- : Wyoming NSW 2250
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
Clinical Leadership: The Problem of Ignorance and the Power of Knowing
Do you have a spirit of enquiry that ensures you can find out what is the best way to care for people or are you following worn-out policies and procedures that bear little resemblance to best practice? In this session, you will learn quick and easy ways to discover new knowledge. It includes:
- What are the characteristics of a clinical leader?
- How do you become a clinical leader?
- What is the role of a clinical leader?
- Why do you need a clinical leader?
Aids and Appliances for Stomal Therapy
There is a complex range of modern aids and appliances associated with the care of a person with a stoma. This practical session looks at some of these products, giving you information on their use and application and how these relate to optimum patient care. You will also discover some useful tips that you can share with your patients. It includes:
- How correct aids and appliances are selected
- How to prevent leakage
- Protecting peristomal skin integrity
10:30 MORNING TEA
Chronic Wound Care: What Works?
The skin has an incredible capacity to repair itself once damage has taken place. This process is so efficient that we take the act of healing for granted. However, on any given day, over 100 million people worldwide have a wound that does not seem to be able to get better. Why is that? Can this situation be improved? What can clinicians do that may help patients to correct or better manage their chronic wound? This session will discuss:
- How wounds heal
- Common reasons for non-healing
- A strategy for patient assessment and wound intervention
- Emerging therapies in wound management
The Future of Cardiovascular Nursing: Where Are We Heading?
Cardiovascular nursing is in the midst of revolutionary changes. How are these changes affecting nursing care today and how will nurses manage these changes? This session will bring you up-to-date on:
- The latest clinical care guidelines
- The trends and traditions in cardiovascular care
- The impact of chronic cardiac disease on quality of life
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr David Lienert
The Suicide Snowball – Can it be Slowed?
Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and is considerably higher in men 80 years and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are at an increasingly high risk of suicide. Additionally, suicide amongst men in rural and remote areas is significantly higher than in non-remote areas. Nursing those who have intentionally tried to take their own life can be complex and challenging. However, these statistics confirm the need to explore suicide and provide you with practical strategies for your nursing practice. It includes:
- Assessment and risk factor critical to understanding prevention strategies
- Overcoming the taboo and talking about suicide
- Suicidal ideation – what to say and what to do
- Is self-harm the same as attempted suicide?
- How to make the best use of your resources
Pre-Diabetes – A Window of Opportunity?
The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic, but it 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 pre-diabetes?
- What are the dietary friends and foes?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Managing Type I Diabetes
In this final session of day one we will look at how type I diabetes differs in presentation and epidemiology to type II diabetes. Using a case study, it will include:
- A review of the underlying pathophysiology of type I diabetes
- What are the presenting signs and symptoms?
- How is the diagnosis confirmed?
- What are the latest guidelines for management, including preventing and managing hypoglycaemia?
- What role does technology play in the management of type I diabetes?
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Promoting Skin Care in the Aged
Our skin is our largest and most interactive organ. It has many facets which impact on our health and function. But how does “ageing” change the way that our skin works and what strategies can be adopted to maximise its well-being as the years advance? This session will address:
- The structure and various functions of the skin
- The changes that the skin encounters through “ageing”
- Clinical practices that promote skin health
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Coeliac Disease – A Nutritional Perspective
Coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are very different but common chronic conditions that affect people of all ages. Both are complex and are impacted by certain foods. This session aims to enhance nurses’ knowledge about these conditions, so as to improve patient education and self-management outcomes. It explores:
- An update on the pathophysiology of IBS and coeliac disease
- Diagnosis of IBS and coeliac disease
- Dietary interventions for IBS
- Dietary intervention for coeliac disease
- What every nurse should know about these conditions and share with their patients
10:45 MORNING TEA
The Importance of Breast Cancer Nursing – How Nurses Can Make A Difference
Following the diagnosis of breast cancer, many women seek support, education, and advice on many issues. In this session, we explore:
- What specialist support is available for women with breast cancer?
- Why is this role so important?
- What does the evidence say about the support and education provided to women with breast cancer and how it improves wellbeing?
Workplace Wellbeing – The Importance of Social and Emotional Intelligence
There is a lot of evidence to show that high levels of social and emotional intelligence result in better workplaces. The ability to communicate and decisively, across a lattice-work of interactions is essential in today’s fast-paced and complex health context. This session looks at:
- Why social and emotional intelligence is just as big a factor in success as motivation, skill set, and competence
- What is the relationship between the use of high levels of emotional intelligence and personal resilience?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Managing Others for Best Outcomes
Sometimes decisions have to be made that may cause staff conflict. The best outcomes can always be found when reflection on the core purpose of the organisation is made. Asking questions such as: “Why are we here?” and “Who do we serve?” are powerful tools that assist in re-regulating a work environment back to its mission. This session looks at:
- Why focussing on purpose makes sense and aligns everyone with the same goals of care
- How to make the cultural change
- What to do when staff resist change
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Stress Relief and Mindfulness in Nursing
The practice of mindfulness is considered a useful strategy that may reduce stress, anxiety, and even burnout. As every nurse knows, this is key to meeting the demands of shift work and ensuring a balanced life. This final session will assist with your understanding of mindfulness and demonstrate how you can apply practical strategies to your work and everyday life. It includes:
- What is mindfulness?
- How can mindfulness assist with relaxation in our daily lives?
- What clinical scenarios may benefit from the practice of mindfulness?
4:15 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
As a nurse, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when:
- Health care budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.
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 related 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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