Gosford Nurses' Conference
- : Wyoming NSW 2250
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 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
- Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Gary BainOedema and Compression Therapy: A Practice Update
Management of oedema in the legs can be challenging to the healthcare professional. In this session you will discover the reasons for the use of compression therapy and why it is so effective.
Gary BainPromoting Skin Health in the Aged
As we age, the quality of our skin changes. The need to maintain our skin and prevent injury is very important. In this session:
- How does your skin age?
- Why it is important to maintain good skin health
- The nurse's role in health promotion and skin health
10:45 MORNING TEA
Gary BainMy Insights and Stories from a Rehabilitation Hospital
It is well known that the earlier rehabilitation is initiated after an acute event, the better the outcome. This means nurses who work in a range of healthcare settings need to have a mindset and skills that promote rehabilitation in the long term. In this session the Speaker will share his insights and patient stories which will assist the program delegates to think critically about the importance of rehabilitation, the value of its early commencement and the mindset that re-orientates nurses thinking from “cure” to “wellness and function”.
Kylie TastulaRecognising 'Red Flags' of Clinical Deterioration
There is huge potential for patients across any clinical setting to rapidly become unwell. Recent system changes have been rolled out to encourage better management of clinical deterioration. However, your ability to recognise and respond to changes in a patient’s condition early is a high priority if acute illness is to be averted. This session looks at:
- 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 to escalate incidents
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Rebecca JonesChronic Pain Management In A Polypharmacy Context
Chronic pain is a common condition for older adults. It is linked to reduced mobility, falls, activity avoidance, isolation and sleep problems. It has potential to disturb family and social relationships. The management of pain may be multimodal involving analgesic medicines. However, older adults and especially those with increasing frailty experience pharmacokinetic and metabolic changes and may also be prescribed a range of medicines for other conditions. This session will look at:
- What pharmacokinetic and metabolic changes are commonly associated with older adults?
- How do these make older adults vulnerable to side effects with analgesics
- What common medicines and analgesics are contra-indicated?
- What are the differences between current opioid pain medications? Which ones are appropriate for elderly patients?
- Neuropathic pain - how does it differ and how do we treat it?
- What important nursing assessment data is essential in decision-making about the best medicine for each person's pain control?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Rebecca JonesAsthma and COPD: Medicines, Devices and Management Update
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are chronic lung disorders that occur frequently in the general population. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current guidelines. This session will provide an update on the following:
- Current guidelines on the evidence-based management of asthma and COPD
- Overlap of asthma and COPD
- New medications and their place in therapy
- New devices - specific advantages and precautions to consider
- Correct use of inhalational drug delivery devices
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Jacqueline ColganIschaemic Heart Disease and Chest Pain
Patients being cared for in all areas may experience cardiac ischaemia due to a variety of underlying factors. In this session we will discuss the atherosclerotic process and how it relates to ischaemic heart disease. We will then take a look at the assessment and immediate nursing management of chest pain including the current evidenced use of oxygen. You will also be given an opportunity to practice your ECG interpretation skills in the context of a patient with ischaemic heart disease. Includes:
- What are the modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors for heart disease?
- A closer look at hypercholesterolaemia and atherosclerosis
- How to differentiate types of chest pain
- Acute myocardial infarction: What is a STEMI versus a NSTEMI?
Jacqueline ColganCardiac Rehabilitation Session
10:45 MORNING TEA
Kylie TastulaFAST: Recognising Stroke and the Hyperacute Phase
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
Deirdre O'MahonyPrevention of Infection with Central Venous Access Devices
Central Venous Access Devices (CVADS) are essential in many acute care settings. However, their use in the community is also becoming more frequently. The type of catheter involved, its placement and management are essential to reduce the risk of complications such as thrombosis as well as promote longevity of lines. This session reviews key considerations relating to the management of CVADs and includes:
- Review of devices - what goes where?
- peripheral IV devices
- central venous access devices (CVC’s and PICCs)
- Catheter selection - choosing appropriate devices
- Complications - during and following insertion
- Management principles - blood sampling, flushing, medication/fluid administration and dressing and line changes
- Common troubleshooting tips
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Kylie TastulaAphasia and Dysarthria Following Stroke
Stroke causes many long term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependant on the degree and type of brain damage. A particularly disturbing complication relates to difficulties with communication. Quality nursing care is crucial for these patients and their families for a range of reasons. This session explores:
- What are the types of aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
- Assessment for communication deficits and swallowing disorders
- Planning care for recovery and long term benefit including referral to inter-professional colleagues
- Evaluating your care
- Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Debra DayPeristomal Skin Complications
Skin breakdown and peristomal skin complications can occur for many reasons under a stomal base plate or to the surrounding skin. This session will explore:
- New terminology in stomal care
- Why do peristomal skin complications occur?
- Would better skin care improve the incidence of this happening?
- What is the best practice management?
4:00 CLOSE 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 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
Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She ...Read More
Gary Bain lead the launch and implementation of the Wound Management Service for the Sydney Adventist Hospital and directed the ...Read More
Rebecca Jones has worked in community pharmacy on the Central Coast for over ten years, the last five of those ... Read More
Jackie Colgan is a Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Central Coast Local Health District. She is originally a hospital-trained nurse ... Read More
Debra Day has been a Stomal Therapy Nurse for almost 16 years. She has been working in this capacity for ... Read More
Deirdre O'Mahony is a health professional based in New South Wales. ... Read More