Nowra Nurses' Conference
- : Bomaderry NSW 2541
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?
Attend this local nurses’ conference and close the gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Welcome to Conference
Dr Terry Froggatt
Influencing with Integrity
Getting your job done requires the cooperation of others. However, enlisting the support of those in your team to get the job done is easier said than done. This session highlights how manoeuvring, weaving, and navigating your way forward through challenges is much easier if you have influence, and why doing so with integrity is much more effective. It includes:
- Is influence the same as power?
- What’s the science behind the art of persuasion?
- How can you build influence with integrity?
As Easy as ABC: Hepatitis the Forgotten Disease
Hepatitis affects approximately 1085 million people worldwide (WHO 2014). Nearly a quarter of a million Australians live with hepatitis C, of whom 25% have chronic liver disease. Hepatitis is a serious concern for all nurses as they are likely to encounter patients with this condition. It includes:
- Morbidity and mortality: what's the reality?
- Who is vulnerable and how is it transmitted and prevented?
- What is new about our knowledge of these diseases?
- What are the aims of modern treatment?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Venous Leg Ulcers – Sorting Fact from Fiction
Every nurse, regardless of their practice setting, is likely to have cared for a person with a venous leg ulcer. While clear evidence explains how venous leg ulcers should be assessed and managed, this knowledge does not always get translated into practice. As such, this session will clarify and assist you to understand:
- What is the difference between venous, arterial, and mixed leg ulcers?
- What causes them?
- How do you manage them?
Preventing Infections in People with Diabetic Foot Ulcers
The complications and ramifications of a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer acquiring an infection are disastrous. The risk of amputation significantly increases and can greatly affect a person's life. This session reviews the important considerations for the prevention of infections for those with a diabetic foot ulcer. It includes:
- What are the different types and causes of diabetic foot ulcers?
- How common are infections in people with a diabetic foot ulcer?
- What are the risk factors for developing an infection?
- Who are the patients we need to be most vigilant with to prevent infections and how?
- Strategies to avoid/prevent ulceration in the diabetic foot
- Strategies to deal with/treat diabetic foot ulcerations
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Chlamydial Infection: Secret Women’s Business?
Chlamydia is an easily transferable sexual infection. Many people who acquire this infection do not notice any symptoms. There are many simple steps that women can take to protect themselves from contracting this infection with primary treatment being a course of antibiotics. In this session:
- What are the risk factors of contracting this infection?
- Are women more at risk than men?
- Some commonly noticed signs and symptoms
- Simple steps for women to protect themselves
- What are the short and long-term effects of untreated Chlamydia in women?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Michael Nancarrow
Great Expectations: To Treat or Not to Treat?
A continued source of anguish and discomfort for all nurses is continuing treatment interventions in the face of futility. Traditionally this challenge has been somewhat limited to end-of-life and extreme situations in acute care environments. However, with our ageing population, scientific and technological advancements, the shift towards more acutely unwell patients being cared for in general areas, as well as the expectations of the general public to “cure”, means that all we must feel comfortable to communicate and advocate in these situations. This session will discuss:
- Just because we can, does it mean we should?
- Caught in the middle – requests for treatment and medical willingness to act – what to say and do?
- Should we give “fake” hope until a family is ready to accept?
- How do we ensure our instincts and clinical expertise are not imposed on families making decisions under duress?
- What are the new treatments in the face of technological advancements?
- What are the expectations on regional and remote practitioners?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
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 discuss:
- 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?
Antidepressants in Older Adults
Antidepressant medicines are one of our most commonly prescribed medicines. In older adults we must be aware of the possibility of profound side effects that are particularly potent to this vulnerable groups. This session will highlight the issues surrounding the prescription of antidepressants. You will learn about:
- How is an older adult deemed suitable to start on an antidepressant medication
- Monitoring for wanted and unwanted effects
- Interactions with over-the-counter medicines
- Deprescribing antidepressants or changing treatment
- Evidence on psychotherapy, nutrition, and other adjunctive therapies
10:45 MORNING TEA
Older People and Medicines
As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. In this session, you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is essential. It includes:
- Metabolism and medicines – how do we change?
- Medication delivery mechanisms – does one size fit all?
- What are the dangers of crushing medicines – are there other options?
- What are the top ten interactions to watch for?
Dr Terry Froggatt
The Power of Empathy…
At the core of the nursing identity is compassionate intention. Nurses intend to communicate and practice with genuine care, respect, and empathy for others. However, the delivery of fragmented, task-oriented, protocol-driven care can often leave us losing sight of these core intentions. Are we nursing with our heads or our hearts? Go back to basics and re-examine the power of empathy. Consider:
- What is empathy?
- Are you born with it or are there ways to develop empathy?
- How can patients benefit from empathetic care?
- Can empathy improve clinical satisfaction and nurse wellbeing?
- Is there an optimal “dose” of empathy?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Terry Froggatt
The Key to Chronic Disease Management? Seeing the Person NOT the “Problem”
Many conditions that affect us and our patients are chronic in nature. This can cause a significant impact on a person. Long-term prevention and perseverance is the key to wellness and preventing disease progression. At the heart of this is how we view our patients. The sense with which we care for a person with a chronic disease shapes our interactions with them. This session looks at how we, as nurses, can change our perspective from trying to get patients to take action to improve their own health and, instead, refocus our priority towards understanding what a patient may actually want and how we can meet their needs. It’s time to consider:
- Why we really need to see the person, not the disease
- What a person-centred approach to chronic disease management looks like
- How you can understand what matters to people and where we fit in helping people achieve their health goals
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Coaching to Overcome Barriers to Change
Think back on a change you have had to make to your own lifestyle. How challenging was this? Applying empathy to behavioural change can assist us to appreciate how difficult it is for our patients to make significant changes to their health. Understanding barriers and how to overcome them can greatly assist nurses to coach, guide, and support transformation in others. The session includes:
- Why do people resist change?
- Practical solutions to overcoming common barriers such as:
- Other people
4:30 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:
- Health care budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high-value, outcome-focused care to people. 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 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 relating to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional 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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