Sunshine Coast Nurses' Conference
- : Maroochydore QLD 4558
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 preventative 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 Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Communicating Within an Inter-Professional Team
It is well known that the best work gets done in teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork, really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:
- Learn about your own communication style — did you really say what you thought you said?
- Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
- Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be clearly understood?
- Learn the dynamics of team communication
- The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
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
10:30 MORNING TEA
Superbugs: What You Need to Know
There are now a range of so-called ‘superbugs’ that are extremely concerning to humans. Antibiotic treatments seldom work and morbidity and mortality resulting from contamination is a grave problem. This session reviews what is known about ‘superbugs’ and informs you of latest evidence on transmission pathways, prevention and treatment. Includes:
- Update on latest known superbugs
- How you can prevent cross infection
- What is ESBL?
Swim Between the Flags: Oxygen Therapy Made Safer and Easier
Oxygen therapy represents an area of clinical nursing where evidence has changed, therefore clinical practices must reflect this. No longer is oxygen always considered necessary or always safe. This session will bring you up to date on modern evidence about oxygen in acute care, including how oxygen therapy and various devices can be safely and correctly selected. Includes:
- Overview of recent evidence relating to safe oxygen therapy
- What do oxygen saturations really measure and what targets should we be aiming for?
- Exploring the concepts of hypoxaemia, hypoxia and respiratory failure
- Oxygen delivery systems – choosing the correct therapy for the correct patient
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Care and Decision-Making at the End of Life
As patients near the final phase of a terminal illness it can be difficult to make rational and reasonable choices that meet the patient’s wishes. There are many legal and ethical pitfalls when considering end-of-life choices; both for patients, their families and health professionals. This insightful session will discuss:
- What are advance care directives and why should everyone have them?
- How do you have a practical discussion about a patient’s wishes as outlined in an advance care directive?
- What are some of the ethical decisions that patients and families face at the end of life?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is undoubtedly one of the most common mental health conditions that healthcare professionals encounter across all healthcare settings. Managing unstable moods, unpredictable behaviour and the consequences of impulsivity associated with BPD can be challenging for nurses. This session will shine a light on BPD and look at the following:
- How do you recognise BPD?
- What causes emotional dysregulation and what are the consequences of this?
- What treatment options can prove most effective in relieving symptoms?
- How should nurses communicate with someone with BPD?
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Linking Emotion and Food
We would all testify that our brains are able to create powerful links between our emotions and food. We are programmed from an early age to connect eating with so many emotions. These may be good, happy, warm or detrimental emotions. Certain behaviours strengthen this relationship, for better or for worse. What does what we know about addiction and the brain mean in relation to what we eat? Can we reprogram our brain to create new pathways? This session looks at:
- What’s the connection between the brain, addiction studies and what we eat?
- Can the brain be ‘rewired’?
- How could this knowledge help our patients / clients?
Skin Tear Management and the Older Adult
Despite their name, skin tears are traumatic wounds that require specific treatment. They are a significant risk for compromised patients, including the older adult. In this session, preventing and effectively managing skin tears will be presented. Includes:
- What do we mean by 'skin integrity' and how is this compromised?
- Which elements in a patient’s history would alert you that the person was at risk of suffering a skin tear injury?
- Are there any factors that increase the risk of skin tears in older adults?
- What types of situations may lead to increased friction and risk skin tears developing in the older adult?
- Best practise assessment, management and documentation – what are the STAR/Payne-Martin systems?
- Dressing the wound - what type of dressing must be applied?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Chronic Wound Management: What Works?
Most nurses encounter wounds in their practice. However, the nature of wound management continues to confound many nurses especially due to the ever increasing range of treatments available, including dressings. This session looks at chronic wound management and includes:
- How does the aetiology of chronic wounds differ to acute wounds?
- How to manage a chronic wound that has become infected
- Is it possible to reignite healing in a chronic wound?
The Judicious Use of Opioids: Implications for Nursing Practice
Opioids are commonly prescribed medication for pain management in a range of settings, frequently as a PRN. Yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that nurses can feel confident and safe administering them. This session offers an in depth review of opioid medications including:
- What are the different types of opioids used today?
- How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
- Management of opioid induced side effects, e.g. constipation, falls etc.
- Dosing considerations in the elderly
- Identifying tolerance, preventing dependency and assessing for toxicity
- Identifying drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Stepping Up! Language for Advanced Practice
We all know the power of words. Words can harm, heal, encourage or hurt. The words we use in our everyday nursing lives often have the power to influence our patients and others around us in an incredibly positive and purposeful way. But have you ever stopped to consider how we use medical terminology? Have you ever contemplated the benefits of improved medical terminology? The current opportunities that exist for nurses to step up and into advanced practice roles are exciting yet competitive. This unique session will encourage you to consider how the development of your ability to grasp medical terminology may just give you that edge you’re after. It will look at:
- What’s in a word? The power of concise, correct and appropriate use of medical terminology
- How improving medical terminology can enhance communication and safety in the clinic setting
- Simple ways to build your dictionary and demonstrate your ability through words
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Time to Be Present: Mindfulness and Meditation Practise
This final session will provide you with an opportunity to sit, relax, breathe, create clarity and remember how to honour yourself and others … but you will also walk away with tools that can help you better handle stressful situations. Mindfulness can enhance mental and physical stamina and resilience and not just help you reclaim the present moment...but your life!
4:00 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:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Throughput is no longer the goal of care and is being replaced with quality outcomes.
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high value care to people that is outcome focused. 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 practice topics that will improve how you deliver nursing care.
Your learning outcomes:
People in your care with health risks will receive preventative nursing action to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Inter-professional 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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