Rockhampton Nurses' Conference
- : Rockhampton QLD 4700
Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health
Healthcare is undergoing constant change, therefore 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
9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY ONE
Health Care Settings and Unavoidable Changes
Change in the healthcare workplaces should be regarded as ineviable. A 'big picture' consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions about which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. This session aims to build confidence when implementing change and seeks to:
- Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
- Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to specific types of proposed changes / innovations
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:
- 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?
10:30 MORNING TEA AND COFFEE
Polypharmacy and the Prescribing Cascade
The use of medicines in older people is fraught with potential dangers. Prescribing of medicines increases as people age and the chances of interactions and unwanted side effects are greater. This session informs you of current trends in prescribing and alerts you to the special considerations of pharmacotherapeutics in older people. Includes:
- Patient expectations and prescriptions
- Significant risks and adverse medicine events
- Ageing effects on pharmacokinetics
- Common culprit medicines to watch out for
- Periodic reviews of medicines and its role in the prescribing cascade
Pain Assessment - Essential Beginnings
Effective pain management is crucial to quality patient outcomes as well as ensuring the patient experience of healthcare is optimised. Nursing assessment of pain is a crucial starting point. This session will provide an evidence-based, practical guide to pain assessment. Includes:
- Getting started - the therapeutic relationship
- Physical and psychosocial assessment - what does this entail?
- Pain assessment tools - which one should I use and when?
- Documenting your findings
1:00 LUNCH BREAK
Preventing Microvascular Complications of Diabetes
The microvascular complications of diabetes are profound and have long term debilitating effects. Diabetes education and patient self-management are essential to avoid and divert chronic complications and improve patient outcomes. This session looks in detail at these complications and focuses on nursing strategies including education that may contribute to improved outcomes for patients with the following conditions:
- Diabetic neuropathy
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?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE
Managing Neuropathic Pain in people with Diabetes
Poor control of diabetes can cause a raft of complications. Neuropathy, damage to one’s nerves may be particularly troublesome, particularly the pain associated with it. Why is managing neuropathic pain in people with diabetes so difficult, and why can it result in other complications? This session explores an often debilitating complication for a person with diabetes. Includes:
- What are the neural pathways involved in neuropathic pain?
- How can you assess symptoms of neuropathic pain?
- What is the best management?
- Is there a window of opportunity for analgesia, and if so what is the best type?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Chronic Disease: Not Just In Your Backyard
Worldwide, chronic disease is on the rise, placing an increasing burden on those affected, their carers and the health system. In Australia many chronic diseases are predominantly managed in primary health care (PHC) and there is a need to understand how to do this more effectively. This session includes:
- Global issues at a local level
- Best management plans for health promotion
- What do nurses need to know?
Professor Lynne Parkinson
Cognition and Consent - Best Practice for Older People
The clinician-patient relationship is the key-point for any optimal management in healthcare delivery. Before providing any care it is essential that informed consent is obtained. During this conversation the benefits and risks of any procedure must be explained and consent to proceed obtained. This session includes:
- What happens when informed consent cannot be obtained?
- Current evidence on consent and cognition
- Best practice strategies
10:30 MORNING TEA AND COFFEE
One For The Road? Drug and Alcohol Awareness In Rural Queensland
Drug and Alcohol consumption is a major issue for Australian society. The effects of misuse can be both physical and psychological with both the person and others being affected. This session includes:
- When is one for the road one too many?
- Current best management plans
- When to refer for assistance
The Importance of Maintaining Professional Competency
The concept of professional development and competency is not new to the nursing profession. Patients rely on nurses to be professional and maintain competency that will improve health outcomes. In this session:
- What is professional development?
- How does this translate to competency?
- When a nurse does a re-entry program how is competency assessed?
1PM LUNCH BREAK
Pathology of Blood: What Actually Happens In The Laboratory
‘Sending off bloods’ is a common task of the nurse. A blood tube is filled up, sent off, then appears as a set of results on a piece of paper shortly afterwards. This session aims to bring nurses up to date on what actually happens when bloods are taken. Includes:
- Indications for taking bloods
- Review of commonly ordered blood tests (APTT, INR, FBE)
- Drawing order: why does this matter?
- Inside a pathology laboratory: a scientist’s guide
Dr Susan Williams
Obesity - Where Does It All Begin?
Obesity is an increasing global concern with real local implications. Evidence within the literature tells us that often the problem begins in childhood . However there are now many programs to halt the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. This sessions includes:
- How does childhood obesity start?
- Best evidence management
- How to get everyone on board
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE
Management of Pain in Advanced Breast Cancer
Cancer is prevalent in our community and its association to pain is well known. This final session will review advanced pain in breast cancer and address the following topics, with the focus on management highlighted through case studies:
- What causes advanced cancer pain and is suffering an aggravating factor?
- Why does certain cancer pain burn and others ache
- Evidence-based management principles for nursing care
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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
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