Tamworth Nurses' Conference
- : Tamworth NSW 2340
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and 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 the emerging health priorities that affect you now and in the future?
- What nursing interventions make a difference, especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- What is 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
Clinical Leadership: The Problem of Ignorance and the Power of Knowing
Do you have a spirit of enquiry that ensures you can find out what is the best way to care for people or are you following worn-out policies and procedures that bear little resemblance to best practice? In this session, you will learn quick and easy ways to discover new knowledge. It includes:
- What are the characteristics of a clinical leader?
- How do we become a clinical leader?
- What is the role of a clinical leader?
- Why do you need a clinical leader?
Preventing Malnutrition in the Older Adult
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 multisystem impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility, and wound healing
- Nursing strategies to improve nutritional status
10:30 MORNING TEA
Effective Constipation Management
The management of bowel disorders and constipation can be troublesome and distressing. 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?
- What is the Wise use of aperients?
Embarrassment Down Under: Urinary Incontinence in Women
Far too many Australian women suffer from preventable episodes of urinary incontinence. This session will look at this pervasive condition and reveal the secrets to stop this symptom-based disorder in its tracks. It includes:
- What is the difference between different types of incontinence?
- Can they co-exist and why is this important in terms of treatment?
- How to perform simple but effective techniques to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Cardiac Disease: A Secondary Prevention
Improving wellbeing and preventing further cardiovascular events, also known as secondary prevention, are essential goals of healthcare for people with CVD. Contemporary secondary prevention strategies, such as cardiac rehabilitation, accelerate recovery, improve system management and improve quality of life, while reducing recurrent cardiovascular events and hospitalisations. Secondary prevention begins in the primary setting and journeys through to the community.
Aids and Appliances for Stomal Therapy
There is a complex range of modern aids and appliances associated with the care of a person with a stoma. This practical session looks at some of these products, gives you information on their use and application, and explores how this relates to optimum patient care. You will also discover some useful tips that you can share with your patients. It includes:
- How correct aids and appliances are selected
- How to prevent leakage
- Protecting peristomal skin integrity
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Anne Croker
Engaging with Research Practice
In everyday nursing practice, there is a range of scenarios where nurses ask questions about the evidence behind what they are doing. They may also want to know more about a particular topic and how to turn this question into research. In this session:
- What kind of questions can nurses research?
- Who can assist and support nurses to do research?
- Where to begin?
- What to expect along the way?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Dr Nick Ryan
Recognising “Red Flags” of Clinical Deterioration
There is a huge potential for patients across any clinical setting to become rapidly unwell. Recent system changes have been rolled out to encourage better management of clinical deterioration. However, your ability to recognise and respond to changes in a patient’s condition early is a high priority if an acute illness is to be averted. This session looks at:
- What clues or changes in clinical observations may indicate a patient is becoming unwell?
- What immediate assessment should be undertaken when you suspect a patient is deteriorating?
- How should these changes in observations be documented?
- When should you escalate incidents?
Getting it Right – Assessment of Older People
Sometime in 2018, Clint Eastwood will be 88 and Jane Fonda will be 81. Do you associate these people with the patients in your practice setting who are the same age? Hospital admissions for older Australians are rising rapidly with most over 70 years old. This will continue as the population ages. Unfortunately, we live in an ageist society where treatment options and decisions may be offered or limited based on age rather than physical condition and quality of life. Assessment of the older person can be tricky. Using case studies in this practical and dynamic session, we will explore:
- Physiological changes related to the ageing process
- Commonly missed clues in the assessment of older people and why they are missed
- Age appropriate assessment
- When short of time, what you should NOT miss in your assessment
10:45 MORNING TEA
Statins: Who Needs Them?
Statins, otherwise known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have had a huge impact on decreasing morbidity relating to cardiovascular disease. Their lipid-lowering effects are now well-established. However, in recent times, there has been controversy surrounding their use. This session will explain how statins work and look at their contraindications, clarifying any confusion and ensuring nurses are in a position to correctly provide patient education. This session includes:
- What role do statins have in diminishing absolute CVD risk?
- Can common side effects need to be managed?
- What happens when statins are ceased?
Wound Healing: Understanding How Skin Works and Heals
Refresh your knowledge on the process of wound healing and discover the latest information about the factors that delay or impede effective outcomes. This session includes an update on the skin and explores:
- What is a wound?
- How do wounds heal?
- What delays or prevents healing?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Choosing Dressing Products
Dressings do not heal wounds. However, dressing selection is an important part of the overall management of the wound environment. A plethora of wound management products exists and this session will take a function-based approach on how to select the right dressing. Learn:
- How are wound dressings classified according to function?
- How do you select the right dressing?
- When should you modify the dressing regimen?
- How do you choose a basic range of products for your workplace?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
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. This final session explores enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care and includes:
- Whether wellbeing should this be considered a part of professional development
- How to sustain wellbeing across the day to go home healthy
4:15 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 related 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 guidelines
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