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Port Macquarie Nurses' Conference

  • : Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Overview

 

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 preventive 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

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Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
CHAIRPERSON - KYLIE TASTULA


9:00

TBA

Making The Planets Align - Nurses Shaping the Patient Experience

The 21st Century demands a new approach to ensuring health outcomes are achieved. The patient is the centre of care and this demands new ways of thinking about practice which includes:

This introductory session sets the scene for this conference by looking at what this means for the health of people and the healthcare workforce on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

  • Increasing professional accountability
  • An emphasis on measurable, high quality, safe care
  • Greater transparency for health care actions
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice

10:00

Antony Altea

Hot Bodies - The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:

  • Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
  • Recent changes to the definition of sepsis
  • SOFA and qSOFA scores - New markers to define sepsis and septic shock
  • Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

TBA

Antimicrobial Stewardship - A Nursing Imperative

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is crucial to counteracting the emergence of restraint bacteria. In acute and surgical settings, this is of particular importance as many traditional practices that routinely use oral and intravenous antibiotics (IVABs), especially postoperatively are now not always indicated. Knowledge of best practice and a willingness to speak up on inappropriate use of antibiotics is crucial to improve patient outcomes and reduce harm and cost associated with antimicrobial resistance. This session looks at:

  • What is antimicrobial stewardship and why is this so concerning for all healthcare providers?
  • Why is it so important to understand the difference between a virus and a bacteria?
  • How are antimicrobial agents selected including choice of an oral or intravenous antimicrobial agent?
  • Guidelines to support practice
  • How can nurses nurses speak up if inappropriate use is suspected?

12:15

Kylie Tastula

FAST: 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

1:00PM LUNCH BREAK


1:45

Peter Clark

Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:

  • Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
  • The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility and wound healing
  • Nursing strategies to improve nutritional status

2:30

Mitchell Lenkic

Falls Risk Assessment and Management: Restoring Health in the Older Adult

Despite a huge focus on the prevention of falls, particularly in older adults, sadly, it is inevitable that accidental falls will continue to occur. The serious health problems relating to falls can be very traumatic for an older adult. This session will focus on a range of evidence-based considerations that are imperative for promoting patient outcomes following a fall.

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Colette Scott

Dementia or Delirium: Do You Know The Difference?

Individuals living with dementia are highly susceptible to delirium. Unfortunately delirium can easily go unrecognised even by healthcare professionals because many symptoms are shared by delirium and dementia. In this session you will learn about the differences in onset and progression and how to distinguish between dementia and delirium.

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
CHAIRPERSON - KYLIE TASTULA


9:00

Suzanne Leahy

Insulin Resistance - Current Evidence

Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session looks at:

  • What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
  • Who is most at risk for developing the condition and can it be averted?
  • How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
  • What are the current Guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?

9:45

Kylie Tastula

Deficit Following Stroke

Stroke causes many long-term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependent on the degree and type of brain damage. A particularly disturbing complication relates to difficulties with communication. Quality nursing care is crucial for these patients and their families for a range of reasons. This session explores:

  • What are the types of aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
  • Nursing assessment - what you need to know
  • Management of deficits - how to plan for the best outcomes
  • Evaluating your care

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Lee-Ann Foord

The Suicide Snowball - Can it be Slowed?

Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and was considerably higher in men 80 and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are increasingly a high risk of suicide. Additionally, suicide amongst men in rural and remote areas is significantly higher than in non-remote areas. Nursing those who have intentionally tried to take their own life can be complex and challenging. However these statistics confirm the need to explore suicide and provide you with practical strategies for your nursing practice. Includes:

  • Nursing assessment and risk factors - critical to understanding prevention strategies
  • Overcoming the taboo - talking about suicide
  • Suicide ideation - What to say? What to do?
  • Is self-harm the same as attempted suicide?
  • Making the best use of your resources

12:15

TBA

Peri-Stomal Skin Complications

Skin breakdown and peristomal skin complications can occur for many reasons under a stomal base plate or to the surrounding skin. This session will explore:

  • New terminology in stomal care
  • Why do peristomal skin complications occur?
  • Would better skin care improve the incidence of this happening?
  • What is the best practice management?

1:00PM LUNCH BREAK


1:45

Kylie Dowse

Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence in the Context of Practice

Domestic violence is well recognised and common today. The health effects are devastating and physical and emotional costs are substantial. This session will discuss:

  • Prevalence of these events
  • Debunking commonly held myths
  • Identify common presentations, build strategies for responding
  • Contact points for self-care to minimise vicarious trauma experiences

2:30

Kylie Tastula

Red Flag Alerts!

In nursing there are many red flag moments where nurses need to be alert and conscious of impending danger. This session will consider:

  • Triaging patients - who takes priority?
  • After a fall - symptoms of concussion
  • Identifying the deteriorating patient - signs and symptoms you need to know!

3:30 AFTERNOON TEA


3:45

Sandra Gugenberger

Diabetes and Neuropathy: The Importance of Maintaining Happy Feet!

Diabetic Neuropathy is the most common form of neuropathy. It can affect both function and mobility. This fascinating final this session will look at:

  • What is diabetic neuropathy?
  • How does it affect the function of feet?
  • What happens when a wound is sustained on a neuropathic foot?
  • How to maintain happy feet!

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM


The Goal Need for Program

 

Healthcare is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps are vital if nurses are to deliver safe and quality care consistent with their scope of practice. Changes include:

  • A shift away from health practitioner locus of control to the patient
  • Increasing professional accountability
  • Emphasis on measurable, high quality and safe care
  • Greater transparency for health care actions
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice

Addressing these gaps is crucial. Nurses need to be confident the practice they provide is current and reflects appropriate evidence. Access to up-to-date education is essential.

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.

Your learning outcomes:

Recognise people who have health risks and implement preventative action to avoid illness

Improve knowledge of specific nursing interventions that result in better patient outcomes

Embrace clinical practices that encompass inter professional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards

Presenters

To Be Determined

To Be Determined

 

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She ...Read More

Antony Altea

Antony Altea

Antony Altea is the current Clinical Nurse Consultant - Critical Care for the Mid North Coast Local Health District. He ... Read More

Peter Clark

Peter Clark

Peter Clark is a highly qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist in private practice in Port MacQuarie where he and ...Read More

Mitchell Lenkic

Mitchell Lenkic

Mitchell Lenkic is a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist based in Port Macquarie. ... Read More

Colette Scott

Colette Scott

Colette Scott is a Transitional Nurse Practitioner, Psychogeriatrics at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. ... Read More

Suzanne  Leahy

Suzanne Leahy

Suzanne Leahy is a Registered Nurse and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) with 25 years experience. She has worked in ...Read More

Lee-Ann  Foord

Lee-Ann Foord

Lee-Ann Foord is the Life Matters coordinator at Lifeline Mid Coast. She is also a LivingWorks Consulting Trainer – ... Read More

Kylie Dowse

Kylie Dowse

Kylie Dowse works as the Service Delivery Manager for the Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Service in Port Macquarie, and ...Read More

Sandra Gugenberger

Sandra Gugenberger

Sandra Gugenberger is a highly qualified podiatrist currently in private practice in Port Macquarie and Wauchope as well as contracting ... Read More

 

Title
Port Macquarie Nurses' Conference
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Type
Delivery
Provider Type
RTO
Duration
12 hours
Start Date
20-Oct-2016
End Date
21-Oct-2016
CPD
12 hours
Fees
$561.00 (two days)
Location
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Venue
Rydges Port Macquarie, 1 Hay Street
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