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Night Duty Nursing Conference

  • : Glenelg North SA 5045


Includes: Sleep Disorders, Safety with Medicines; Assessing Surgical Complications; Chemical Restraints, Communication & Documentation..


Nurses who work at night face a range of challenges that differ from their colleagues working the day shift. This includes a significant reduction in available resources and changes to a patient's condition. The nurse's knowledge is crucial to quick and effective decision-making. Attend this conference to gain up to date knowledge of a range of clinical and professional issues relating to nurses who work at night. Topics include:

  • Restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and other sleep disorders
  • Sedatives, opioids and other medications
  • Surgical complications - assessment and escalation of care at night
  • Cognition, confusion and chemical restraints
  • Dealing with conflict and communication tips
  • Clinical leadership and much, much more …

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Day One



Norah Bostock

Benefits of Working the Night Shift

For many nurses, working at night provides flexible and family-friendly hours of practice. Night duty is often seen as conducive to more autonomy, fewer meetings and greater financial benefits. This introductory sessions focuses on:

  • Are particular people suited to night duty?
  • Fostering strong relationships with colleagues
  • Opportunities for practice development
  • Current challenges faced by nurses who work at night


Norah Bostock

Cognition and Consent

Ascertaining a person’s cognitive ability can be challenging at night especially if they are a new admission. At a time when consent is needed for an emergency situation or routine procedure how can nurses best obtain consent from a person with impaired cognition? Topics include:

  • What is consent?
  • The role of cognition in the consent process
  • Knowing when consent has been withheld and what to do about it



Tracy Edwards

Quiet But Deadly...Silent Myocardial Infarction

While images of someone gripping their chest are what often come to mind immediately when we hear the term ‘myocardial infarction’, symptoms may not always be this obvious. This session will look at some of the facts around silent myocardial infarction and review the latest evidence for prevention, detection and nursing management. Includes:

  • Are the same people at risk?
  • What symptoms of a myocardial infarction may be mistaken and why does this occur?
  • What are the patient outcomes for people who experience a silent MI?
  • Nursing management update


Jenny Taylor

Diabetes at Night - The Highs and Lows

Diabetes at night - is it different to diabetes by day? This session will look at the following topics:

  • Fasting for theatre
  • How to maintain safety
  • Causes and implications of hypoglycaemia at night
  • Causes and implications of hyperglycaemia at night for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • What are the risks for people with diabetes working the night shift?



Jo Perry

Recognising Surgical Complications at Night

Many nurses who work at night will be familiar with the scenario of a patient returning to the ward following surgery late at night. This can present challenges as frequent observations with fewer resources may impact on nurse workload. However, patient safety is of paramount importance and impeccable assessment skills that recognise the potential for deterioration improve patient outcomes dramatically. This session will review clinical assessment principles in the post-operative patient. Includes:

  • Why are more frequent observations required?
  • Observation and response charts and ISBAR tools - how do I know if something is wrong and what do I do about it?
  • Low blood pressure - sedated or bleeding?


Linda Starr

Communicating When You are Tired - The Role of Clinical Handover

Giving and receiving clinical handover is a vital aspect of any shift. Continuity of care, accountability of practice and patient safety all depend on acute information being carried over from one shift to another. Yet, something happens to our brains when we are tired and sometimes handover may not be at the usual high standard. This session looks at:

  • What contribution does competent documentation make to nursing care?
  • How can night nurses document care in a timely manner and avoid omissions of important information?
  • Tips for self-protection
  • Avoiding concepts such as ‘alert fatigue’ or ‘check box syndrome’ when documenting clinical pathways



Linda Starr

Errors in the Evening...Case Studies of Things Going Wrong

This final interactive session of day one will explore a range of legal case studies relating to errors made at night. Take a look back at some of the causes, sequences of events and consequences. Don’t be alarmed - be armed with information on how you can prevent errors occurring in your practice and promote best patient outcomes.


Day Two



Professor Sally Ferguson

Sleep Disruption and Disorders

Sleep disorders are generally under-recognised, but there is increasing research about the importance of sleep not only to our physical health but also our mental wellbeing. This session explores the problems with sleep. Includes:

  • What are the consequences of sleep disruption?
  • Less sleep - more life. Is it inevitable that reduced hours of sleep reduce productivity?
  • Sleep science: can you train yourself to cope well with less sleep?
  • Restless legs syndrome, sleepwalking and narcolepsy - what do nurses need to know?
  • Is it insomnia or anxiety?


Associate Professor Nick Antic

Sleep Apnoea - What's Actually Happening?

Sleep apnoea is commonly seen in hospitals, often due to its relationship with comorbidities such as obesity and hypertension. Yet is it well understood by nurses? Knowledge of this condition is vital to ensure patient outcomes are optimal at night and safety to a patient’s airway is not compromised. This session will look at:

  • How serious can sleep apnoea become?
  • What are other symptoms of sleep apnoea apart from daytime tiredness and what causes these?
  • Basic explanation of how therapies such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) work



Dr Peter Hayball

Treating Sleeping Problems with Medications

Many pharmacological agents are useful in treating sleep problems. However, there are also a number of risks associated with these medications. This session will consider the following questions:

  • What are the main classifications of medications used to treat disorders and their principal actions?
  • What are the risks of medications used to treat sleep disorders and how can these be identified and minimised?
  • What is the latest research on treating sleep disorders with over the counter medications?
  • Safe use of medicines among nurses and other health professionals


Janette Cooper

Clinical Leadership: A Key to Patient Safety

Strategies for sustainable patient safety and system improvement are dependent on strong clinical leadership capabilities. The importance of clinical leadership cannot be understated and on night duty this important role may be less available than during the day. Includes:

  • Recognising and defining a clinical leader
  • Contexts of clinical leadership
  • The importance of this role at night



Dr Valerie O’Keeffe

Work Life Balance - Making It Happen On Night Duty

Achieving a healthy work-life balance on night duty can be challenging. This can range from missing a meal with friends to missing a major social event. This session looks at:

  • What is a work-life balance?
  • What are the effects of not achieving a healthy work-life balance?
  • How easy is it to achieve this on nights?


Norah Bostock

Nocturia - A New Syndrome?

The International Continence Society has now recognised Nocturia as a syndrome in its own right. Includes:

  • What is nocturia?
  • When does it become a concern?
  • Best-practice management



Norah Bostock

Not Documented: Not Done?

Nursing documentation is essential for good clinical communication. Appropriate, legible documentation provides an accurate reflection of nursing assessments and clinical care delivery. The clinical record is a legal document that must be kept during the course of the patient's admission. Includes:

  • Current guidelines on clinical documentation
  • Documenting by exception – is this the way to go?
  • Legal guidelines


The Goal Need for Program

Nurses who work at night are exposed to different environmental conditions than those on day shifts. These include reduced or delayed availability of professional resources (including staff); increased risk; untoward clinical problems, and patients who are sleeping rather than engaging in daytime schedules. It is essential that nurses who work the night shift have access to formal continuing professional development that addresses these specific clinical and professional needs so as to improve patient outcomes.

Purpose of Program

Attending this conference will improve your knowledge, skills and practice relating to a range of current professional and clinical practice issues. In so doing, you will be better positioned to improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction relating to care provided by nurses who work at night.

Your learning outcomes:

Combine evidence-based knowledge about several clinical topics with patient preferences to improve patient outcomes at night

Improve patient safety and reduce errors at night through knowledge of commonly administered medicines

Enhance professional practice by updating knowledge of modern communication and documentation skills

Use information relating to the implications of shift work on nurses’ health and wellbeing to enhance self-care and motivation


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah is a highly qualified Advanced Continence Nurse Specialist and Clinical Governance expert in private practice in SA. She has ... Read More

Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards

Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency Department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, ... Read More

Jenny Taylor

Jenny Taylor

Jenny Taylor is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator based in Adelaide. Jenny has a long history of nursing people with diabetes. ... Read More

Jo Perry

Jo Perry

Jo Perry completed her Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) at the South Australian Institute of Technology in the early 1990s. ...Read More

Linda Starr

Linda Starr

Linda Starr is a qualified general and psychiatric nurse, lawyer and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery ... Read More

Sally  Ferguson

Sally Ferguson

Sally Ferguson is a Professor with the Appleton Institute in Adelaide and Deputy Dean of Research in the School of ... Read More

Nick Antic

Nick Antic

Associate Professor Nicholas Antic is the Clinical Director of the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and a Staff Specialist in ... Read More

Peter Hayball

Peter Hayball

Dr Peter Hayball joined the South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS) as the Service’s inaugural ambulance pharmacist in early 2012 after ... Read More

Janette Cooper

Janette Cooper

Janette Cooper is a registered nurse, currently working as a gastroenterology procedure nurse at Noarlunga Hospital. She has a Bachelor ...Read More

Valerie  O'Keeffe

Valerie O'Keeffe

Dr Valerie O'Keeffe is a Research Fellow and works in the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety in ... Read More

Night Duty Nursing Conference
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11 hours 15 mins
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11 hours 15 mins
Price Details
$561.00 (two days)
Glenelg North SA 5045
Comfort Inn Haven Marina, 6-10 Adelphi Terrace
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