Nursing Children Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3000
Do you regularly, or even occasionally, care for children but do not work in a paediatric unit? Have you identified a need for a contemporary update on children’s health? New evidence is constantly emerging. It’s essential that you have access to this knowledge so you can provide care that is free from harm, family-centred, and meets the whole needs of a child and their family. Discover:
- Shining a light on paediatric eye conditions
- Ouch, my chest – is it serious?
- Not just child’s play – non-pharmacological interventions for trauma
- Advances in hereditary metabolic disorders
- Avoiding anaphylaxis in children with IgE-mediated food allergies
- Communicating with children who have special needs and much, much more…
Schedule Day One
8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Welcome and Introduction
Child’s Play – Is Play an Intervention to Trauma?
Stress-related trauma may often lead a child to regress into earlier stages of development. What might be factors to consider in understanding a child’s developmental regression in your area of paediatric work practice? This session will discuss:
- What is developmental regression?
- Who is vulnerable to experience developmental regression?
- How do you care for a child who is experiencing developmental regression?
- How does play work as an intervention and is it measurable?
When the Cradle Falls – Recognising Deterioration in Babies and Children
Babies and children deteriorate fast. As a result, nurses must be very vigilant and respond rapidly. This session reviews key signs that indicate deterioration is occurring and includes:
- The differences between the deterioration of infants and children compared to adults. Do you know them?
- Is hypotension an early or late sign of deterioration and why?
- How often should you assess a child whose condition may deteriorate?
10:30 MORNING TEA
A Tough Gig? Resuscitation and Kids
Often, children’s bodies are treated like they are ‘little’ adults. However, the physiological differences in an adult and child largely differ. This session will look into the physiological differences and the resuscitation techniques used on children. Topics include:
- What are the anatomical differences of children compared to adults and how does this impact resuscitation?
- How do you perform resuscitation on a child?
- Why are teamwork, communication, and leadership within a paediatric resuscitation important?
Orthopaedics and the Paediatric Patient
Orthopaedic injuries commonly occur in young children as they explore their bodies’ limits and their world. This session will look at the common injuries and conditions that occur in children and dive further into the management of orthopaedic conditions. It will include:
- What are the common orthopaedic conditions or injuries that occur in children?
- Specific areas that are seen at a tertiary paediatric organisation – Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, the use of the external fixator, non-accidental injuries, and spinal cord injuries
- What are the different types of traction and their uses?
- How do you care and manage a hip spica?
- Why are neurovascular observations important?
- What complications may occur at a neurovascular level?
1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Keeping it Simple – Busting the Myths of Eczema Treatment
Home remedies, curious treatments, and constant trial and error often occur when trying to treat eczema. This session will explore eczema: the myths, realistic treatment goals, and evidence-based treatments It includes:
- What is eczema and why does it occur?
- What are the common treatments used for eczema?
- What are the common myths surrounding eczema treatment?
- What patient education ensures the best possible outcomes?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Avoiding Anaphylaxis in Children with IgE-Mediated Food Allergies
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency that can occur unexpectedly and is a severe consequence of an IgE-mediated food allergy. This session includes an update on the latest information on allergy in Australia, including the management of anaphylaxis. It looks at:
- The main differences between IgE and non-IgE mediated food allergies, including common allergens
- Blood tests and skin pricks – how IgE-mediated allergies are diagnosed
- Desensitisation and food challenges in children
- An update on the management of anaphylaxis
- A guide to recent changes in autoinjectors
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Ouch! Paediatric Chest Pain in ED
Idiopathic chest pain is one of the most common diagnoses in children presenting to the emergency department. The following session will look at how chest pain can be related to other health conditions and the appropriate way it is managed. It includes:
- How is chest pain assessed?
- What are the common links to ill health in children with chest pain?
- How do you manage chest pain in a child?
A Mandatory Obligation – Identifying and Disclosing Child Abuse
While difficult to talk about, child abuse is sadly a common occurrence. This session will explore child abuse: emotional, physical and sexual, and how to disclose it in an appropriate manner. Topics include:
- What are the signs of child abuse?
- How do you document and disclose child abuse?
- How do you encourage and empower children to report child abuse?
10:30 MORNING TEA
A Systematic Approach to Quality Use of Antibiotics in Children
This session will practically present four important considerations that all nurses must be aware of to promote safe, appropriate, and effective use of one of our most precious resources – antibiotics. It will draw on common clinical scenarios to highlight the importance of understanding your role in:
- Determining a likely pathogen
- Observing for an infection
- Selecting a therapy
- Monitoring and assessing patient response (intended or unintended)
Medication Safety – Avoiding Common Medication Errors
Children are constantly developing during their early years. During this vital time, drug interactions can impact on their developing bodies. This session will go back to the basics of prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, and administration. Topics will include:
- Prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, and administering medications
- Common medicines used for paediatric patients
- Common medication interactions
- Common medication errors and how to avoid them
- Possible medication-related allergies in paediatric patients
1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Communicating with a Child Who Has a Developmental Condition
Communication is a fundamental part of healthcare delivery. However, this can become increasingly difficult if the child has a learning disability. Childhood disability is very individualised. Communication needs to be tailored to suit the child’s personal needs. This session will discuss:
- Are there different levels of severity?
- How do you tailor your communication to a child’s personal needs?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
The Clinical Nurse Detective – Unusual Ingestions
Oral exploration is common in children, and they are often likely to put something in their mouth that shouldn’t be there. This session will explore unusual ingestions and the steps needed to manage them. It will include:
- What clinical assessments are needed for a child in this condition?
- How is a foreign object removed?
- What complications can occur?
- What follow-up care is needed?
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Promoting health in children involves nurses at many touch points. Providing safe, family-centred care when confronted with paediatric health situations requires specific knowledge about children. However, it may be difficult for nurses to routinely access such knowledge because it is often considered a specialist area of health. For nurses to remain confident and competent to care for children regular paediatric updates are essential.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to provide knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice about a general range of conditions that relate to children so as to improve overall family health outcomes.
Your learning outcomes:
Avert exacerbation of disease in children, where possible, as a result of timely health strategies, including appropriate family involvement
Provide care to a child that reflects evidence-based treatment that is age and developmentally appropriate
Review children with unusual clinical symptoms and appropriately manage to prevent deterioration
Supply up-to-date, appropriate nursing interventions to children with a range of chronic conditions to benefit child and family
Gerry has over 40 years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the emergency department of the Royal Children's ... Read More
Leanne Boase is a Nurse Practitioner with a background in critical care and paediatrics. She currently practices across three GP ...Read More
Amanda Wynne is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, family violence, mental health, ... Read More
Rodney Whyte has a background of over 30 years of practice in hospital and community pharmacy, much of which has ... Read More
Anne Leversha (BPharm, MRuralHlth, FSHP) is a senior lecturer at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health ...Read More
Jane Mateer is a Registered Nurse with more than 25 years of experience in pre-hospital, metropolitan, and military settings. Her ...Read More
Michele Meehan is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse currently working in her private practice, 'Parenting Matters', and lecturing ...Read More
Nicole Mangion is the Network Simulation Coordinator External for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. She has 30 years’ experience as ... Read More
Betty Mihelakos is the Director of Melbourne KiDS. She has been working as a paediatric speech pathologist for 28 years. Firstly ...Read More