Shepparton Nurses' Conference
- : Shepparton VIC 3630
Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health
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.
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Nursing Care: Becoming More Effective
This session shows how high-quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using an actual example, this session includes:
- Why evidence and accountability go hand in hand
- How can you assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
- What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome it?
- Shared decision-making: How the evidence works in practice
Not Documented -Not Done?
Accurate record-keeping is an essential part of good nursing practice. Good nursing records safeguard patient outcomes and are a component of clinical handover. In this session we will look at:
- What are the key ingredients of good record-keeping?
- Whose role – yours or mine?
- Retrospective record-keeping - is this acceptable?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Mental Health in Crisis
The need for a sustainable mental health service is essential for the continued management and health outcomes of people living with a mental health disorder. This session will discuss:
- National strategies - latest measures, changes and impacts
- Assessment and management services - are they at risk?
- What changes would meet the need?
The Suicide Snowball: Can It Be Slowed?
Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and considerably higher in men 80 and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are increasingly at a high risk of suicide. Additionally, suicide amongst men in rural and remote areas is significantly higher than in urban 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:
- 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
12:45 PM LUNCH BREAK
Managing Emotions at Work: Getting the Balance Right
In recent years, the healthcare system has been characterised by its unpredictability. Many nurses worry about their future and the uncertainty of their jobs. With the added pressures of life, relationships, finances and families, many nurses are at risk of emotional outbursts - either their own or from colleagues. Such high emotions can be very destructive. This session examines the impacts of uncertainty and insecurity in the workplace.
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?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Mentoring and Leadership in Clinical Practice - What Works?
Across clinical practice and healthcare there is a need to mentor, coach and lead both novice and expert nurses. These techniques improve engagement and understanding of the day to day clinical role and how nurses can make improved decisions based on research and evidence. These high-order decisions can improve patient outcomes, identify clinical anomalies and add to the body of nursing knowledge.
In this final session of day one, we will look at how you can incorporate this into your nursing practice.
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Outta Place: Outta Here! Inside The Adolescent Mind
Teenagers are a fact of life. The development of significant relationships with friends and partners during this phase is critical as adolescents often struggle with a sense of who they are and their role in the world. This session explores:
- How can we make sense of adolescent thinking?
- What are developmental norms?
- Do adolescents experience the same moral dilemmas as adults?
Associate Professor Lisa Bourke
Rural Health: Should We Be Concerned?
About one-third of Australia’s population live in regional, rural and remote areas but, on average, these residents do not enjoy the same level of health that their metropolitan counterparts do. Topics for discussion include:
- Who is not receiving quality healthcare in rural Australia?
- What are the issues in rural and remote health?
- Who is best placed to manage these issues?
- How do we improve access to and the quality of healthcare in rural and remote Australia?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Tidal Flow - Managing Urinary Incontinence
In Australia many people live with the devastating consequences of bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence. In this session we will look at:
- What are the causes of urinary incontinence?
- Symptom or disease?
- Best-practice management strategies
Effective Constipation Management
The management of bowel disorders and constipation can be a troublesome and distressing condition. The availability of laxatives in supermarkets and chemists contributes to this problem. This session includes:
- What are the causes of constipation?
- How does bowel dysfunction contribute to constipation?
- Wise use of aperients
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Wellbeing in Nurses - Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?
The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. Topics in this session include:
- Enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care
- Should this be considered part of professional development?
- Sustaining wellbeing across the day and going home healthy
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
My Story: Prostate Cancer Support
Leave the conference on a high note. Listen to this story on how the nursing experience impacted positively on someone’s life. Sit back and prepare to be inspired when you hear this story.
4:00 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 is 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 healthcare 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 interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes
Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards
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