Sydney Nurses' Conference
- : Surry Hills NSW 2010
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- The latest information about a range of current treatments
Attend this local nurses’ conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introduction
Marea ReadingSwimming Between The Flags: Oxygen Therapy Made Safer and Easier
Oxygen therapy represents an area where evidence has changed, therefore clinical nursing practices must reflect this. No longer is oxygen always considered necessary and always considered safe. This session will bring you up to date on modern evidence about oxygen therapy, including how oxygen therapy and various devices can be safely and correctly chosen. It includes:
- Why we give oxygen
- An overview of recent evidence relating to safe oxygen therapy
- What do oxygen saturations really measure, what targets of oxygen concentrations should we be aiming for?
- Oxygen delivery systems – how to choose the correct therapy for the correct patient
10:30 MORNING TEA
Sue MasonThe ABC of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. As we have seen throughout day one, hepatitis is caused by a number of factors and can progress to cirrhosis, a late stage of liver disease. This comprehensive session focuses of viruses, in particular Hepatitis B and C. It will ensure you are clear on the facts and recent discoveries in relation to the transmission, progression and treatment of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Includes:
- What’s the difference between Hepatitis B and C?
- How are they transmitted and who is most vulnerable?
- A look at testing and disease courses / stages of Hepatitis B and C
- What is new about our knowledge of these diseases?
- What are the aims of modern treatment?
- How do the new medications for chronic Hepatitis C work?
- Current challenges for health professionals working with people with Hepatitis B and C
Eddi CohenMissed Nursing Care – Breaking the Cycle of Sanctioned Neglect in Healthcare
This presentation looks into the not so “secret” problem of nurse compliance and the associated barriers related to the provision of evidence-based practices. It also asks the broader question of missed nursing care or errors of omission. It will challenge you to consider the difficult question – are we really being the “patient advocates” we strive to be? Topics include:
- What is missed nursing care or errors of omission?
- Why is this now a concern?
- What is the impact of staffing levels and missed nursing care on patient outcomes?
- Are there hidden barriers in promoting evidence-based nursing care?
- What is the downside of patient care being individualised?
- The normalisation of deviance – has this become “accepted” as part of the nursing culture and ultimately, the de facto standard of care?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Judy LovasPsychoneuroimmunology: The Science of Mind Body Interactions
What is the relationship between the immune, nervous and endocrine systems? How do our thoughts and behaviours influence our immune function? This session examines psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) research and reveals how stress is linked to health. Additionally, it introduces the world of cellular interactions and pathways such as the role of cytokines in sickness behaviour. Topics include:
- What is stress-induced immunomodulation?
- What are the connections between psychological conditions, physical health and immune function?
- What are common medical conditions that may be triggered by psychological stress?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Shari CoventryEmpowering Ourselves through Stressful Times
How can we learn to respond differently to daily stressors so we can promote our health and well-being? When we are the best version of ourselves, we can better care for others. Learn new ways to relax, energise and build resilience. In this session we will learn how to combat stress with:
- Mindful movement
- Mindful being
- Mindful breathing
- Mindful laughter
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Marea ReadingAtrial Fibrillation – The Arrhythmia Everyone Should Know About
Why does everyone need to know about atrial fibrillation? It is the most common arrhythmia and is more likely to occur with ageing, or during major illness or surgical procedures. It is serious because of the high risk of stroke. This session will emphasise the importance of early recognition and discuss common causes, symptoms, and complications. It includes:
- A review ECG of sinus rhythm and contrast it with atrial fibrillation
- Why it is so critical to palpate the pulse 1) In a hospital setting, 2) In the community
- Characteristics of the pulse when the patient is in atrial fibrillation
- Common causes, symptoms, and complications
- Current therapies
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Terry FroggattWalking on Eggshells – How to Communicate During Conflict
Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. In the healthcare profession, where shiftwork is inevitable, people are tired, the pressure is on and conflict can sometimes be unavoidable. However, this is likely to be detrimental to your health and wellbeing and can affect patient or client outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility, and keeping calm can help you manage conflict better. This interactive session looks at:
- Is it ever possible to avoid conflict with destructive personalities?
- Attack or defend? How can you work out your stance in a conflictual situation?
- Communication is key – when do you defuse and when do you engage?
- What about body language?
- How does self-awareness help give you back control in a conflictual situation?
Dr Terry FroggattCommunicating within an Interprofessional Team
It is well known that the best work gets done by teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of interprofessionals 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 session will focus on the cornerstone of interprofessional collaboration – communication in teams. It 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 really understood?
- Learn the dynamics of team communication?
- The power within your mind – how do you improve your listening skills?
12:30PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Associate Professor Tim WandFirst Thyself – Surviving Emotionally Taxing Work Environments
The intrinsic nature of working in healthcare means that all nurses are likely to be exposed to a range of challenges. Occasionally, this may include feeling unsafe, witnessing violence, tragedy, or dealing with trauma. This emotionally taxing environment can result in tension with colleagues, family, and friends. This session will include practical tips for supporting yourself and your colleagues so you can help others and will create an opportunity to discuss the following:
- What are the professional implications of working in challenging areas of nursing and health care?
- How prevalent is stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue?
Casey DoyleStigma and People Who Use Drugs
No physical or psychiatric condition is more associated with discrimination than substance dependence. Even for people who are not dependent, drug use can impose constraints on a person’s basic human rights, including the right to health. This session will examine the evolution of stigma among people who use drugs and what can be done to fight it, including:
- Reflecting upon our own prejudices
- Learning the facts about drugs and related harms
- Changing the language we use to describe drug use
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Gwen HigginsChoosing Wisely…
Consumer expectations are often that “more is better”. Healthcare professionals are constantly under pressure to cover all clinical possibilities in an era of limited healthcare resources. The Choosing Wisely Australia initiative is a health-profession led collaborative approach to start a national conversation about which tests, treatments, and procedures should be questioned. This session will look at:
- What is Choosing Wisely Australia?
- Which specific tests, treatments, and procedures are the Choosing Wisely health professional organisations questioning?
- How can nurses get on board with the initiative and ensure they look at the evidence ahead of opinion?
- How can nurses help consumers “choose wisely” and coach them about the questions to ask their doctor and other health professionals?
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.Purpose of Program
This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.Your learning outcomes:
People with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelinesPresenters
Marea Reading is a Registered Nurse with many years teaching experience in the speciality of cardiothoracic nursing. Marea held the ... Read More
Sue Mason is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Hepatology at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has worked in this role ... Read More
Eddi Cohen has been a critical care clinician and an internationally known speaker/author for over 35 years. She divides her ... Read More
Dr Judy Lovas’ dynamic presentations explain the art and science of evidence-based relaxation therapy. In our increasingly fast-paced world everyone ... Read More
Shari Coventry is an internationally certified laughter yoga trainer, clinical hypnotherapist, and NLP practitioner, and has studied many alternative modalities. ... Read More
Dr Terry Froggatt is committed to evidence-based organisational learning and development, providing innovative and learner-focused seminars and programs that facilitate ... Read More
Tim Wand is an associate professor of mental health nursing at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health ... Read More
Casey Doyle is a Credentialled Drug and Alcohol Nurse (CDAN) and Clinical Nurse Consultant working in Addiction Medicine in South ... Read More
Gwen Higgins is an Accredited Pharmacist undertaking home medicines reviews for general practitioners in the inner western suburbs of Sydney. ... Read More
To Be Determined