Melbourne Nurses' Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3000
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
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Doing a ‘U-Turn’ on Delirium - A Clinical and Professional Obligation?
It is well recognised that delirium is a sign of clinical deterioration. The release of the Delirium Clinical Care Standard by ACSQHC in July 2016 represents a major clinical and professional opportunity for nurses and other health professionals. Clearer frameworks now exist to understand and implement best-available evidenced care to prevent, recognise and respond to delirium. For clinicians at the bedside through to nurses in education departments and at management levels, clinical outcomes can be improved. Importantly though, it is also a timely opportunity to look at our opinions of and professional accountability towards people with delirium. Delirium does not just affect the ‘older person’ and can kill. This introductory session will highlight the nature in which delirium is relevant to us all. Includes:
- An introduction to the Delirium Clinical Care Standard, including the release of latest figures on mortality rates
- What this standard means for nurses clinically
- Compliance implications for safety and quality outcomes
- Clinical practice pearls
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is undoubtedly one of the most common mental health conditions that healthcare professionals encounter across all healthcare settings. Managing unstable moods, unpredictable behaviour and the consequences of impulsivity associated with BPD can be challenging for nurses. This session will shine a light on BPD and look at the following:
- How do you recognise BPD?
- What causes emotional dysregulation and what are the consequences of this?
- What treatment options can prove to most effective in relieving symptoms?
- How should nurses communicate with someone with BPD?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Dr Jenny Gowan
Asthma 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
Nurses Scope of Practice - Past, Present and Future
Nursing scope of practice is ever changing, and it is often hard to find your place. In this session we take a look at Scope of Practice for different nursing roles, and how to develop and expand your own scope of practice. Includes:
- A short look back: where have we come from?
- Current roles
- Expanding your scope of practice
- Case examples
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Wound Management Update – What’s New in Wound Care?
Wound management is constantly evolving and clinical practice should be guided by the latest evidence available. But how do we find out what best practice is? This session will discuss newly released expert position documents relating to topics such as wound assessment, aseptic technique, venous leg ulcer management and more. It will ensure that you are updated on the latest information in wound management!
Technology and the Management of Diabetes
We all know that diabetes is affecting an increasing number of our patients. New technologies have been created to assist those with diabetes in the daily management of this tricky condition. This session explores some of the tools and technology currently in use, as well as those in the making. Includes:
- Continuous glucose monitoring and flash glucose monitoring devices
- Blood glucose meters and apps which offer insulin dose adjustment advice
- Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion devices
- Apps for managing carbohydrate counting, activity and mental health
- Websites and programs available for training in daily management of diabetes
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
The Development of Rapport
As health professionals, we often see it as our role to offer advice to others for the betterment of their health. However, training around how to offer such advice is often limited in our professional education programs. This session explores ways of providing education and advice in a manner that enrols the other person in the health process. In this interactive session, we will explore the following:
- Creating immediate impressions for long lasting relationships
- Neurolinguistic Programming and use in health education
- Motivational Interviewing and health coaching techniques
- Goal setting and goal achievement
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Nurses! Your Guide to Staying Safe at Work
Have you ever felt that your physical safety at work was compromised? Are you worried that your next shift may expose you to unnecessary abuse and intimidation? Unfortunately large numbers of nurses currently feel unsafe at work as a result of workplace aggression and violence. Not only does this affect our physical and emotional health but it can compromise our ability to provide patient care. This session will consider:
- Abuse, threats, initiation and assault - why do nurses cop it all?
- Subtle changes in behaviour that could help you identify violence before it occurs
- Practical responses to each stage of the aggression cycle
- A quick look at break and escape techniques when under physical duress
Food for Thought - Why Nutrition is Integral to Good Mental Health
The father of modern medicine Hippocrates advised us to, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ And by now we all know that if you want good physical health, you need to take heed of what Hippocrates said. There's a tidal wave of good quality research now being published that is demonstrating that nutrition is just as important for mental health as it is for physical health. This session considers:
- Why is nutrition crucial for good mental health?
- What exactly is, ‘good’ nutrition?
- Why is it so confusing? (Vegen, vego, paleo, blood type etc.)
- How do you make it simple and enjoyable?
- Can I still have my chocolate?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Associate Professor Louis Roller
Personalised Medicine - Is the Future Here?
Why do some individuals show poor response to a medication, while others elicit extreme response (even death) to the same dose of a medicine? The answer is in your genes! This fascinating session will introduce to you a relatively new concept that combines the science of pharmacology and genonomics - pharmacogenomics. It’s time to consider:
- What is the advantage of knowing a person’s genetic makeup with respect to metabolising enzymes?
- Can we measure these?
- Can this knowledge help us predict how an individual patient will respond to a medicine?
Hot Bodies: The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis
Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death globally? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session explains the risk factors for and assessment of sepsis. It will look at how you can detect, document and act on the early warning signs of sepsis. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition, including when and why antibiotics within 60 minutes are imperative.
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Failing to Act, Failing to Advocate - Is this Medical Negligence?
One of the principles that define the beating heart of the nursing profession is the act of advocacy. For over a century, nursing has distinguished itself by consistently advocating to obtain better outcomes for those in care, and in doing so have earned the public’s trust as a profession. But what happens when nurses stop advocating? What happens if we fail to act? This session looks at the very real legal, professional and ethical of implications of this delicate yet fascinating topic.
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
How to Shine Brightly Again - Forget Burnout: Beat Brownout
There are many personal reasons for which nurses may feel like they lack passion for their job or feel disengaged with the organisation they work for. Feeling drained, neglecting personal relationships and physically feeling sub-optimal are personal issues that will inevitably affect work performance. When the core of our job is caring for people - the impact can be significant and potentially detrimental. The term ‘brownout’ is being explored through the literature as a state less obvious than burnout, but just as significant and potentially detrimental. This final session will address this less obvious state of exhaustion and will:
- Create a discussion surrounding the term ‘brownout’ and take a look at the theory behind this term
- Examine how personal and professional objectives relate to ‘brownout’
- Help you identify your signature strengths and encourage you to think of how often you are using these
- Look at your personal vision
- Demonstrate how regular mindful breathing practice is one of the quickest and most effective ways to regain focus, a sense of inner calm and composure
- Finish with an opportunity to take this all in and identify strategies best suited to you so you can shine brightly again
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:
- Health care 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 guidelines
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