Nowra Nurses' Conference
- : Nowra NSW 2541
Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, the need to keep up-to-date with current evidence is imperative. Attend this conference and discover:
- What are the emerging health priorities that affect you now and in the future?
- How can you implement preventative health strategies and improve patient outcomes?
- What can you do to minimise the impact of certain conditions?
- What is the latest evidence on a range of current treatments?
- How can you deliver the best patient centred care?
Attend this local Nurses’ Conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills and practice.Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Sharon WallComing to Grips with Elder Abuse
As the ageing population increases, elder abuse also has the potential to increase. It is commonly unrecognised around the world and many examples can be found in the Australian press of nurses involved in elder abuse. This topical session will examine:
- What exactly is elder abuse?
- What are the warning signs and risk factors?
- How can I disclose and expose situations of elder abuse safely?
- What is my role in mandatory reporting?
Julieann CoombesThe Journey in Creating a Culturally Appropriate Fall Prevention Program with Australia’s Older First Nation People
Fall-related injury amongst Australia’s First Nation people is a growing health issue yet recent audit of services identified few fall prevention programs specifically for First Nation people. Informed by stakeholder interviews and Yarning Circles with over 70 older First Nation people, a fall prevention program was developed and piloted in partnership with Australia’s First Nation communities.
10:45 MORNING TEA
Andrew BarkerThe Judicious Use of Opioids - Implications for Nursing Practice
Opioids are commonly prescribed medication for pain management in a range of settings, frequently as a PRN. Yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever-present. It is essential that these medicines' appropriate uses are fully understood so that nurses can feel confident and safe administering them. This session offers an in depth review of opioid medications, including:
- What are the different types of opioids used today?
- How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
- Management of opioid induced side effects, e.g. constipation, falls etc.
- Dosing considerations in the elderly
- Identifying tolerance, preventing dependency and assessing for toxicity
- Identifying drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours
Andrew BarkerPolypharmacy and the Importance of Home Medication Reviews (HMR)
As our population ages, polypharmacy becomes a reality for many people. The risks involved in mixing medications that are prescribed or sourced from over the counter can be detrimental to health. In this session:
- What is a HMR?
- How can these be accessed?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Sharon WallAdvance Care Planning
Confusion still exists regarding advance care planning. Even if the plan is written, will it be acted upon? This session reviews advance care plans and discusses the best way to communicate them to everyone in the team. Includes:
- General information about advance care planning
- How to apply the wishes of a person when the time comes
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Anne FanningPalliative Care: When to Refer?
At the end of life it is essential to identify the dying patient in order to allow them and their caregivers to reorient their priorities, achieve their goals so that appropriate end-of-life care can be provided. However, palliative care is often indicated long before the terminal phase. This session includes:
- When may palliative care be initiated and how can this be introduced sensitively?
- Is palliative care different for people who have a chronic illness rather than cancer?
- Anticipating physical problems and planning for the future - the role of advance care directives
- More than just pain - providing symptomatic relief
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Sharon WallMental Status Assessment of a Very Old Person
Although there are a large range of mental illnesses that can affect all people, dementia is more likely to exist in the very old. However, depression can be confused with dementia and this has serious implications for your assessment as one condition is potentially treatable whilst the other is not. It would be a terrible outcome if a very old person is labeled with dementia when they have a reversible depressive illness. This session focuses on the mental status examination in very old people and looks at some of the particular factors that need to be taken into consideration.
- Which tools to use for best results
- Aspects of the assessment that could give you false readings
- When to refer to a psychiatrist?
Nicola MitchellFAST: Recognising and Responding to Acute Stroke
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?
- Evidence-based practice and nursing management strategies
10:45 MORNING TEA
Debbie BlanchfieldsThe Chronic Wound: A Nursing Challenge
This session looks at the difficulties faced by older people once their skin has broken down and a chronic wound is established. It will discuss ways to manage the care of a person’s wound in difficult healing circumstances. If systemic disease is also present, wounds can rapidly develop from seemingly insignificant behaviours such as prolonged sitting. Topics include:
- What causes a wound to be detained in one of the phases of healing?
- What is the correct nursing care of such a wound?
- How to avoid skin breakdown, including assessment for pressure injury
Debbie BlanchfieldManaging Pain Associated with Wound Management
Many nurses may have been in a situation where a patient has become anxious before, during or after a dressing is attended. Pain experienced in the dressing procedure will lead to patient apprehension, increase the time taken to do the dressing, inhibit wound healing and in many cases increase staff stress. This session refers to two case studies to consider:
- Procedural pain in paediatric patients
- Procedural pain in adults
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Terry FroggattWalking on Eggshells - How to Communicate During Conflict
Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. In the healthcare profession where shift work is inevitable, people are tired and the pressure is on, conflict can sometimes be unavoidable. However, this is likely to be detrimental to your health and wellbeing and can affect 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?
- How does self-awareness help give you back control in a conflictual situation?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Terry FroggattMindful Contemplation for Nurses
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, 'mindfulness' means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. This final session of the conference will look at mindfulness in the context of your practice and explain how:
- Mindful nurses learn how to pay attention on purpose by practising specially developed mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movements
- The neuroscience that validates mindfulness
- The effects of mindfulness meditation on attention; on emotional regulation; on self-awareness
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
Sharon Wall is currently the director of Ageing by Caring Pty Ltd and has qualifications that include a Diploma of ... Read More
Julieann Coombes identifies as a Gamilaraay woman through her grandmother’s family and spent her time growing up in Walgett. Julieann ... Read More
Anne Fanning works as the Shoalhaven Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, a role which she commenced in 2013. Her main ... Read More
Nicola Mitchell received her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Adult Nursing from University of Hertfordshire, England in 2009. ... Read More
Debbie Blanchfield is currently Clinical Nurse Consultant in Wound Care for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Debbie is a Registered Nurse ... Read More
Dr. Terry Froggatt is committed to evidenced-based organisational learning and development. Providing innovative and learner focused seminars and programs which ...Read More
Andrew Barker is a Pharmacist in Nowra. ...Read More