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The Enrolled Nurses' Conference

  • : Surry Hills NSW 2010



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



Welcome and Introduction


Mike Smith

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 underlining 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 understand current behaviours?


Mike Smith

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, in reality, it’s 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?



Joanne Macmillan

Caring for People with Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive impairment is often prevalent in older adults in aged care facilities. This session will look at the different conditions that come under cognitive impairment and how to care for people with these conditions. It will include:

  • What is the difference between dementia and delirium?
  • Why might they be confused with symptoms of depression?
  • How do you manage symptoms of delirium, dementia, and depression?
  • What if a resident becomes suddenly confused?


Joanne Macmillan

Tips for Coping with Aggressive Behaviours

It can be very distressing if a patient or resident experiences periods of agitation and even aggression as a result of their medical condition. Recognising aggressive behaviours and knowing the steps needed to de-escalate a possibly violent situation ensures that you are able to keep yourself safe. This practical session will demonstrate:

  • What does aggression look like?
  • How do you stay safe and keep others safe?
  • What can you do to de-escalate an aggressive situation?
  • Who can you speak to if you’re exposed to danger?



Kylie Tastula

Caring for a Person Who Has Had a Stroke

Caring for a person who has experienced a stroke can be challenging. This session will focus on communication, mobility, and eating and drinking following a stroke. It includes:

  • How can you communicate with someone who has had a severe stroke?
  • How can you ensure food and fluids are given safely?
  • What do you need to do to mobilise someone safely?



Mike Smith

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.


Day Two



Chris Muller

How ENs Can Support Improved Sleep Health

In addition to sounds, interruptions, and noise from other patients, and even pain the many faces of sleep disturbance can result in poor overall quality of sleep. This session will focus on:

  • What is sleep disturbance?
  • What are the common sleep disturbances that affect health?
  • What are the signs, symptoms, and dangers?
  • How can you promote improved sleep health?
  • What are some practical tips for shiftworkers?


Chris Muller

A Practical Guide to Performing a Mental Health Examination

It is essential that all Enrolled Nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform a mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess a person who has a mental illness and may be experiencing mental distress. It includes:

  • What are the basic principles of a mental health examination?
  • When would you need to conduct an MSE?
  • When should you escalate or refer to specialist mental health services?



Fleur Trezise

A Constant Pressure – Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries

Losing strength and the ability to move frequently is a common occurrence with ageing. As a result of the 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 and 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?


Fleur Trezise

Five-Minute Skin Assessment

As the skin is a complex organ, its significance is hugely important. Skin conditions are often poorly understood and overlooked when they are regularly linked to other ill health. This session goes back to basics and demonstrates how easy it is to perform a quick assessment. It includes:

  • How can you assess the skin in five minutes?
  • What terminology should you use to describe changes to the skin?
  • How can you accurately document a rash, skin infection, or wound?
  • When should you be concerned?



Eddi Cohen

Mouth Care Made Easy!

Did you know that maintaining oral hygiene in an older adult is essential to preventing illness? Oral health is more closely linked to ill health than you think. This session will discuss why positive oral hygiene can prevent a raft of conditions. It includes:

  • How do you promote and assist an older adult with their oral health?
  • What are the signs of poor mouth care maintenance?
  • How can you prevent poor oral health?


Di Adamson

Working Among Generations

Experience often makes up an 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 the intergenerational conflict that can sometimes arise. It includes:

  • Why does intergenerational conflict sometimes arise?
  • How do you manage it in the workplace?



Di Adamson

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?


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 is 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 a 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


Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental ... Read More

Joanne Macmillan

Joanne Macmillan

Joanne Macmillan has spent 34 years working clinically in a variety of aged care units. Since then she has had ... Read More

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She ...Read More

Christine Muller

Christine Muller

Chris Muller is a Registered Nurse, working as a Nurse Practitioner adult mental health – Justice Health and Forensic Mental ... Read More

Fleur Trezise

Fleur Trezise

Fleur Trezise was endorsed in 2013 as a Nurse Practitioner: wound management and is currently working in South Western Sydney. ...Read More

Eddi Cohen

Eddi Cohen

Eddi Cohen has been a critical care clinician and an internationally known speaker/author for over 35 years. She divides her ... Read More

Dianne Adamson

Dianne Adamson

Di Adamson has a background in hospital management and seventeen years' experience consulting for prestigious clients in the health care ... Read More

The Enrolled Nurses' Conference
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11 Hours | 15 Mins
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11 Hours | 15 Mins
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Surry Hills Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street
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