Ward Clerks, Receptionists and Administrative Assistants' Conference
- : Surry Hills NSW 2010
You - as a ward clerk, receptionist or administrative assistant - are vital to the effective running of a unit in any healthcare setting. You have to deal with disgruntled people, know your legal boundaries and have exceptional communication skills. So isn’t it about time you were supported with education to help you perform what is becoming an ever more difficult job? Attend this conference and learn about:
- What can you legally say on the phone?
- What are the risks to you personally if you incorrectly label or file patient records?
- How to respond calmly to patient complaints
- Practical ways of de-escalating aggressive behaviour
- Where do you start and stop? - Knowing your boundaries
- Getting off the stress merry-go-round
9:00AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Dr Vivien LaneHealthcare Is Changing - How Will This Affect You?
Major changes in health are underway. This will be affecting you now but more so in the future. The patient is increasingly in the centre of care around which the inter-disciplinary team moves. Effective coordination of this is critical. This may cause a re-think of the way work is done. As you hold an essential place in the health team this introductory session will consider what these changes will look like and what it could mean to you in the future. Includes:
- What has changed in healthcare recently and what is on the horizon?
- Why is there now more of an emphasis on the patient?
- How will these changes affect you working within healthcare setting?
Dr Vivien LaneCXR, CT or CTPA? A Basic Guide to Health Literacy
When you first worked in this role you may have wondered where you were with all the different medical terms and abbreviations used. Understanding medical terminology and the use of abbreviations can be utterly confounding but are essential. Ignorance is not bliss in this fast paced environment. This session demonstrates how basic knowledge and an understanding of medical terms matter. Includes:
10:30 MORNING TEA
Di AdamsonThe Art of Assertive Communication
We all have problems getting our point across at times. However, there are likely to be constant barriers that may prevent your voice from being heard. These barriers can cause undue stress to you as well as significantly affect a patient who may be quite unwell. This session will give you information about how to communicate assertively and not cross the line into aggressive behaviour. It will be highly interactive. Includes:
- How does poor communication cause stress and confusion? What is the cost?
- What are the barriers to being assertive?
- Why being assertive is the key to feeling valued
- Understanding the difference between being assertive and being aggressive
- The art of speaking up - how to have those difficult conversations
- Realistic scenarios to practice being assertive
Di AdamsonDrama, Drama, Drama - Avoiding Workplace Gossip
Gossiping is bad news and creates a situation where no one wins. At some point, perhaps even rumours or lies can be involved. Small comments and opinions can form a power trip and often leave others feeling isolated and unhappy. This session will discuss the importance of staying out of workplace drama and how to maintain and set high standards when you believe people are being gossips. Topics include:
- Why gossip?
- Is there such a thing as ‘good’ gossip?
- If you are the target of hostility and workplace gossip what should you do?
- How to easily manage gossip situations
- How to not take home the stresses of workplace drama or issues
Di Adamson‘Listen Up’: How to Deal with Complaints
No matter how good the provision of care or service, there will always be someone who is not satisfied. Conversely, if healthcare is under par complaints are justified and will give a health provider an opportunity to address a problem about which they were not previously aware. In your position, you may be the first person to receive the complaint. How you respond at this early stage has important ramifications. This session arms you with insights into the appropriate management of complaints. Includes:
- First line response - what to say and do initially
- How to know when to offer support - should you apologise?
- Reading the signs - when to listen, when to speak
- How to remain calm - appropriate use of language
- Follow up documentation and other actions required
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Frances LalicPrivacy and Confidentiality - No Shades of Grey
There are legal boundaries concerning privacy and confidentiality in healthcare. Transgressing these boundaries may cause unnecessary exposure to risk. This session will inform you clearly of the law in regard to privacy and confidentiality. It will consider:
- An overview of the legal principles governing privacy and confidentiality
- What legal information you need to know about handling a patient's confidential information
- What is the legal scope of practice relating to these areas?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Frances LalicWhat Happens When Things Go Wrong? - A Discussion of Legal Case Studies and Scenarios
Whilst the importance of respecting privacy standards and patient confidentiality is acknowledged, complex situations can arise that may leave you confused and unsure of your legal situation. This final session of day one will open up discussion by using a range of highly relatable case studies and scenarios to help you think through tricky situations. Includes:
- ‘To say or not to say?’ - What information can be given over the phone?
- Communication via technology e.g. emails - what can be sent?
- What to do if you suspect a patient has an incorrect label - do you change it? is an incident report needed?
- What happens if paperwork goes missing? What if it’s confidential?
- Examples of workplace ethical dilemmas
- Does acting on your personal ethical decision-making threaten your job?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Fiona De SousaInfection Prevention and Control - Everyone’s Concern
Do you think you are immune to the multi-resistant organisms that can plague a hospital? Are you sure you aren’t passing on bacteria to other staff members or patients? The chain of infection is not just related to direct contact with a patient but also other staff and the general environment. This session gives you an essential update on basic infection prevention standards in healthcare settings and includes:
- What is an infection?
- A guide to basic hand hygiene after touching a patient or a patient's surroundings
- Hygiene before eating and arriving or leaving work - what you need to do
- Basic hygiene after touching patient folders - suggested hand hygiene
- Equipment within the office - is it clean?
- VRE swab on phones - what may it reveal!
Elaine FordBoundaries - Where Should I Draw the Line?
In your workplace, boundaries are invisible lines that somehow you need to be aware of. If you step over them, you do so at your peril. Yet, a lack of clear, established boundaries can leave many feeling overwhelmed and lead to role confusion. This session will look at boundaries and why they are important. Questions to be answered include:
- Why is maintaining boundaries with patients, other staff and members of the public so important?
- What are the consequences of breaching them?
- How do I know a boundary has been crossed?
- Examples of healthy boundaries v unhealthy boundaries
- How to set up and maintain strong boundaries
10:30 MORNING TEA
Elaine FordDe-escalating Aggression and Violence
Unfortunately, aggression and violence in the healthcare setting is increasing. Within the workplace patients and residents may behave erratically as a result of their medical condition. You may be the first person that faces the stressed and aggressive person. In order to keep yourself safe, it is very important that you are aware of the skills needed to de-escalate a situation and reduce a person's level of agitation or aggression. This session explores methods and insights that help to prevent workplace aggression. Includes:
- How to deal with aggression?
- What strategies are useful to de-escalate aggression?
- Use of body language and language - what matters?
- How to reduce potential harm to yourself or others
- Who to seek help from if exposed to danger
- When might it be time to call a “code grey”?
Mike SmithSafe Use of Language in the Workplace
The appropriate use of language is imperative in healthcare. It can shape, make or break interactions with patients, colleagues and members of the public. The sheer amount of communication expected of you means that this is a prerequisite to your skill set. This session looks at the power of words and will consider:
- What is considered ‘safe’ use of language in healthcare settings?
- How important is tone?
- What is inappropriate language and what must be avoided at all times?
- Multicultural considerations - key elements for success
Mike SmithKeep Calm and … Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Constant stress is to be avoided for the sake of your health. Constant pressure can lead to blame and hostility and ultimately conflict between staff members. Learn to stop, survive and thrive in a conflict driven situation. This session will highlight:
- How to not let things get under your skin
- Avoiding unnecessary conflict
- What are the key ingredients to resolving a conflictual situation?
- How to develop your own mindset and keep calm
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Samantha FaithfullTime Management and Interruptions - Go Away!
The pressure is on - get more done and then some - and then - there are those pesky emails that just keep on coming … and the incessant Interruptions. This session looks at principles of time management and how not managing your time is not an option. Includes:
- Tips on managing a diary - prioritising and documentation
- What to do when people are always interrupting you
- Saying no!
Samantha FaithfullDebriefing After Critical Incidents
Occasionally, you may be involved in a stressful or unexpectedly traumatic event whilst at work. This may not be easy to deal with and may require critical incidence stress debriefing. This session will discuss what such a debrief entails and when it is effective. As well, these principles of debriefing after a crisis can be adapted to everyday small stresses to prevent them from building up into big ones! Includes:
- How to prevent the critical incident causing undue stress
- When to know that you may need some debriefing support
- An opportunity to constructively de-brief as a group
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Judy LovasA Relaxation and Mindfulness Workshop
Let's face it! Stress is unavoidable in a busy healthcare setting. This session offers you practical, evidence based ways to deal with stress and improve your health. You will learn:
- What is relaxation and mindfulness?
- What research supports their efficacy?
- How to become more focussed at work and home
- Deep diaphragmatic breathing
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
The central role that Ward Clerks, Receptionists or Administrative Assistants have in ensuring a unit functions well is becoming more evident. It is also becoming more difficult. This is due to a range of complex reasons which include: the fast turn around of acutely unwell patients, the rapid turnover of staff; the constant changes to policies and procedures; and risk management practices. As well, the shift of focus towards patient centred care requires staff to work in inter-disciplinary teams which creates further issues. All of these changes result in a need for formal educational support that is ongoing. A conference that provides such support will fill an important gap in the knowledge and skills required to confidently perform this role.Purpose of Program
This conference provides wards clerks, reception staff and other administrative or clerical assistants working in healthcare settings, essential knowledge and skills to better perform the increasing duties and responsibilities required of the role.Your learning outcomes:
Communicate with ease during complex situations with patients, colleagues and members of the public
Develop clear personal and professional boundaries so that role confusion will be prevented
Work safely within the appropriate legal standards to minimise privacy and confidentiality breaches
Use a range of simple techniques to manage and prevent work related stressPresenters
Dr Vivien Lane is a nurse clinician specialising in oncology and palliative care, with over three decades’ experience in education, ... Read More
With a background in hospital management and eleven years' experience consulting for prestigious clients in the Health Care and Aged ... Read More
Frances Lalic completed a Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing) at the University of Western Sydney. She was employed by South ... Read More
Fiona De Sousa
Fiona De Sousa is a Registered Nurse with a Masters of Advanced Practice in Nursing - Infection Control from Griffith ... Read More
Elaine has been nursing for 38 years and has enjoyed working in many acute and non-acute settings in general and ... Read More
Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has Master's degrees in Public Health and Mental ... 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
Samantha Faithfull is Nurse Unit Manager Cardiothoracic /Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care Unit at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney. Samantha is also President ... Read More