The Enrolled Nurses' Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
As an enrolled nurse, you are essential to the provision of high-quality health care in Australia today. Make sure you are one of the well-informed and up-to-date nursing professionals by attending this conference. Take time out to network with like-minded colleagues at this annual Ausmed Education event. Topics include:
- Practical pearls relevant to your clinical area
- Key updates on wound management and diabetes
- Medication knowledge tailored to ENs
- An opportunity to discuss professional issues, network with colleagues, and much, much more…
Ausmed Education’s Enrolled Nurses’ Conference is always highly evaluated and very popular. It is relevant to enrolled nurses who work in any setting and offers you a wonderful opportunity to ensure your knowledge does not slip. Don’t miss out – book now!
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Welcome and Introduction
Working Among Generations
Experience often makes up the abundance of an enrolled nurse’s knowledge. Yet, is it always valued as much as it ought to be? This session will explore assertive communication skills while acknowledging boundaries when approaching intergenerational conflict that can sometimes arise. It includes:
- Why does intergenerational conflict sometimes arise?
- How do you manage it in the workplace?
Sue de Muelenaere
Don't “Turn a Blind Eye” to Fluid Balance
Fluid balance need not be tedious. In fact, it should not be ignored. Understanding the ins and outs of fluid balance is essential, especially in people with chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions. This session will take a look at how ENs can show clinical leadership by maintaining accurate fluid balance. Topics include:
- What chronic illnesses need particular focus on fluid balance and why?
- What medications can interact with fluid balance?
- How do you keep an accurate fluid balance record?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Dr Treasure McGuire
Ceasing Complacency – Why Medication Safety Matters
Being busy is often the number one thing on an ENs mind. We plan and prioritise our time to get things done. However, recognising when our behaviours may switch from routine to complacent is essential if we are to ensure errors are avoided. This session will go back to basics on medication safety to ensure you leave feeling confident about your practice. It includes:
- What are the common medication incidents involving ENs?
- How can you prevent them?
- Where can you go to obtain up-to-date information on medicines relevant to ENs scope of practice?
- How can you improve medication administration safety and documentation?
Opening the “Lid” on Other Diabetes Complications
A range of diabetes-related complications can often manifest. One of the lesser-known complications that can impact a person’s ability to self-care and complete activities of daily living (ADL) is eye-related conditions. This session will spend some time reviewing why this type of complication occurs and how to prevent it. However, most importantly, it will focus on practical approaches to supporting people with their ADLs who are experiencing this type of complication. It includes:
- What causes eye-related diabetes complications?
- Can we prevent them?
- How does vision loss associated with diabetes impact ADLs?
- How can we:
- Prevent falls?
- Ensure correct BGL testing?
- Support safe medication management?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Exacerbated Asthma – Time to Act Quick
When exacerbated asthma occurs, it’s time to act quickly. While asthma is commonly managed with a reliever or preventer, it can quickly turn life-threatening when exacerbated. Knowing a person’s asthma action plan and escalation of care can change outcomes drastically. This session will look at the ENs role in assessing and managing an exacerbated episode. It includes:
- How is asthma commonly managed?
- What is an asthma action plan and why is it so important to know?
- How do you escalate care in an exacerbated episode?
- What can ENs do during an exacerbated asthma episode?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Conversation Tables – Time to Get Together to Converse About Hot Topics for Enrolled Nurses
Have you ever wondered if other enrolled nurses are having the same experiences as you? Here is your opportunity to connect more deeply with your peers. Bring your questions and comments and be ready to swap! Conversations will run for approximately 10 minutes and you will have time to connect with three groups.
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Why Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Trauma-Informed Approach
You have just arrived for your shift, received handover, and are caring for yet another agitated person with delirium or dementia. Take a second to stop and think, is there a reason they are experiencing outbursts of agitation? Could there be an underlying reason? Let’s rewind and take a trauma-informed approach to this situation. Using a case study, we will help you take a different approach to outbursts, agitation, and other challenging behaviours. It includes:
- What is trauma?
- Why might behavioural symptoms of delirium and dementia be expressed in a person who has experienced trauma?
- What does it mean to take a trauma-informed approach?
- Why should we be asking “what has happened to this person”?
- How can knowing their past trauma help you to understand current behaviours?
Loss but Not as You Know It
Grief is a common emotion in health care. It’s typically thought of as something tied to death. However, it’s in reality tied to loss. Not just the loss of life, but the loss of control, independence, and connection. Physical loss is just as significant as an emotional loss. Be it the loss of sight, hearing, or mobility. This session unpacks loss and grief from a much broader perspective. It includes:
- What conditions can lead to some type of loss?
- What is loss after a physical or mental health diagnosis?
- How do you recognise when someone is grieving a physical loss?
- What tips can help ENs communicate better with someone expressing obvious grief associated with loss?
10:30 MORNING TEA
A Constant Pressure – Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries
Losing strength and the ability to move frequently is a common occurrence with aging. As a result of minimal movement, pressure injuries often occur under sustained amounts of pressure. This session will look closely at the practical skills needed to assess the stages, as well as the appropriate dressings for improving skin integrity. This session will focus on the following:
- How to prevent a pressure injury
- How do you assess the stage of a pressure injury?
- What are the common dressings used for a pressure injury?
- How do you choose an appropriate dressing for a pressure injury?
The Power of Nutrition
We all know that good nutrition has a positive impact on wellbeing. But to what extent can nutrition be the superpower needed to enhance the healing properties of a wound? This session will look further into nutrition and the impact it has on wound healing. It will include:
- How can nutrition enhance the healing process?
- What types of nutrition may promote wound healing?
- How can we convey this information to those that may benefit from this knowledge?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Top Tips for Being a Preceptor, Mentor, or Clinical Facilitator
Within the expectation of being an EN is your ability to regularly, or even occasionally, act as a preceptor, mentor, or clinical facilitator. Developing your ability to foster professional socialisation, act as role models, and provide direct clinical support to less experienced staff is rewarding yet also challenging. This session will:
- Explore the value of enrolled nurses as preceptors
- Discuss each of the three primary roles associated with being a preceptor
- Facilitate discussion on how to identify, motivate, and provide support to those you are mentoring
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Your Career Vision
Taking time for yourself and knowing what the vision of your future may look like is important. Being able to acknowledge clear goals and developing a vision can be difficult when you feel like you aren’t moving in a clear direction. This session will look at tips to set goals to help you see what the future may hold. It will discuss:
- Why is it important to have a further vision?
- How do you set clear goals?
- How do you avoid procrastination?
- How do you overcome a lack of confidence?
4:15 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Enrolled nurses (ENs) are under pressure to extend their scope of practice and broaden their nursing knowledge. This includes being proficient and skilled in selected areas of care. In addition, the gap between evidence and practice continues to widen – weakening the effectiveness of patient outcomes. As responsibility and accountability are fundamental to the work of ENs, it is imperative that continuous updates to knowledge and skills are integrated into all aspects of patient care.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of this program is to improve patient outcomes by increasing the clinical and professional knowledge and practice of enrolled nurses.
Your learning outcomes:
Use information from patients about their care preferences in the development of the nursing care plan
Critically interpret and use patient information from a range of sources to provide best practice nursing care
Use communication as a therapeutic tool to facilitate collegial and interprofessional collaboration
Implement and evaluate care that reflects best available nursing evidence so that safe and quality care is provided
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