Respiratory Nursing

Oxygen Therapy, Arterial Blood Gas Analysis, Acute Respiratory Failure, Pneumonia, Asthma, Chronic Lung Disease and much, much more...

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Respiratory conditions, both acute and chronic, are prevalent across a range of healthcare settings. A strong knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory system is key to nurses and other health professionals providing evidence-based care that improves patient outcomes for people with respiratory illnesses. Attend this seminar to:

  • Refresh your knowledge of the respiratory system
  • Understand key principles such as the difference between oxygenation and ventilation
  • Improve your management of common respiratory conditions such as asthma, acute pulmonary oedema and pneumonia
  • Gain practical skills on how to perform a respiratory assessment, provide safe oxygen therapy and interpret arterial blood gases and chest x-rays
  • Help your patients with a respiratory illness to benefit from improved health outcomes

Gain knowledge and update your skills now!

Need for Program

Nurses and other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, therapists are often the frontline carers of people with respiratory illnesses. Correctly assessing a person’s respiratory status, followed by appropriate interventions and management, enables the nurse or health professional to safely manage a patient with a respiratory illness. This seminar systematically reviews our knowledge of the respiratory system, including anatomy, physiology and key concepts. It then demonstrates how to assess and manage patients who are experiencing a range of acute and chronic respiratory illnesses.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to offer nurses and other health professionals, including physiotherapists, an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills when caring for a person with a respiratory illness. After gaining this information, the learner will be able to appropriately translate the underpinning principles of respiratory assessment and interpretation of assessment findings to the evidence-based nursing management of a range of respiratory illnesses, improving health outcomes for patients.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system pertinent to a respiratory assessment
  2. Understand the pathophysiology of a range of common acute and chronic respiratory disease states
  3. Apply evidence-based management principles to nursing interventions of common respiratory illness
  4. Develop clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills that immediately translate into improved health


Day One

8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


Introduction to Respiratory Nursing Skills

With the prevalence of respiratory disease in our community, it is likely that no matter where you work some of your patients will have respiratory disease as either their primary or secondary diagnosis. We will review the objectives of this seminar and discuss the prevalence of respiratory disease in Australia.

  • Respiratory disease is a significant cause of ill health and hospitalisation in Australia.
  • It is estimated that more than 7 million Australians over the age of 35 may be at serious risk of lung disease.
  • More women in Australia die from lung cancer than breast cancer.


Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology Overview

An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the upper and lower airways, relating this to the complex processes underpinning respiration, gas exchange, and ventilation. Review understanding of respiratory terms:

  • Respiration (internal and external)
  • Gas exchange
  • Normal ventilation in the healthy person
  • Negative pressure ventilation vs positive pressure ventilation.

10:45am - Morning Tea and Coffee


Oxygen - The Good and the Bad, the Pink and the Blue

What all nurses need to know about oxygen in relation to clinical care, including the rationale for selection of oxygen therapy in relation to individual patient needs and pathophysiology.

  • Acute respiratory failure and the role of carbon dioxide and oxygen
  • Oximetry and the physiology of haemaglobin, monitoring oxygen saturations
  • Exploring the concepts of hypoxaemia, hypoxia and respiratory failure
  • Oxygen delivery systems - choosing the correct therapy.

12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


Arterial Blood Gases - Basic Interpretation

ABG analysis is complex and daunting for many nurses; however, through an understanding of the science we can de-mystify it. This session will include facilitated practical ABG analysis to consolidate your learning.

  • Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures
  • Normal ABG values
  • pH of the blood and the influence of acidosis on gas exchange
  • A guided approach to analysing ABG results.

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Acute Respiratory Failure

What causes the respiratory system to fail and why? Understanding the pathophysiology can enhance your clinical reasoning skills and guide best-practice management decisions. Here we examine the pathophysiology of common causes of acute respiratory failure, including:

  • Acute pulmonary oedema
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Airway obstruction and foreign bodies
  • Assessment of respiratory compromise
  • Pathophysiology of cough, stridor, dyspnoea, wheeze and sputum production
  • What pain is that?
  • Immediate care of the breathless patient.

5:00pm - Close of Day One of Program

Day Two

9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


Day One Review and Day Two Objectives


Asthma - What Is It? Types, Triggers and Treatment

Asthma is a common condition across the lifespan and may be exacerbated during illness. All nurses will care for people with asthma either as their primary or secondary diagnosis, so an in-depth understanding is essential.

  • Acute asthma and management
  • Chronic asthma and prevention
  • Childhood asthma
  • Assessment of asthma
  • Exacerbations of asthma
  • Medicines used in asthma and other reactive respiratory diseases
  • Asthma plans and discharge instructions
  • Interactive case studies.

10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


Chest Infections and Pneumonia

Respiratory tract infections are common and are often the reason for admission. They can also develop secondary to other chronic disease or acute illness.

This session will cover:

  • Assessment and management of the patient with infective lung disease
  • Pneumonia and related pathophysiology
  • Types of infective lung conditions, such as influenza
  • Management including antibiotic choices
  • ARDS - introduction of concepts
  • Considerations in care of the elderly or immunocompromised
  • Paediatric respiratory conditions - bronchiolitis and croup
  • Transmission precautions
  • Interactive case study.


Chronic Lung Disease

Respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease require lifelong, specialist management. Other chronic respiratory diseases will also be discussed.

  • Defining COPD and looking at stages
  • Asbestosis and carcinoma
  • The physiology of anoxic drive, hypoxic drive and CO2 retention
  • Can I put oxygen on?
  • Long-term management of COPD
  • Medication and lifestyle changes.

1:00pm - Lunch Break and Networking


Lung Trauma and Pneumothorax

Injuries to the respiratory system or surrounding tissues can have implications for respiration, gas exchange and ventilation. Learn about the implication of these injuries, their immediate management and specific interventions, including chest drainage.

  • Penetrating injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Burns and inhalation burns
  • Foreign bodies
  • Pneumothorax - the physiology of pleural negativity
  • Concepts of chest drainage
  • Immediate management of chest trauma and pneumothorax
  • Interactive case study.

3:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Respiratory Disease?

When are respiratory symptoms not directly caused by respiratory disease? Some neurological or cardiac conditions can have respiratory effects, as can many medicines.

  • Respiratory symptoms due to side effects of medicines.
  • Cardiac conditions with respiratory symptoms
  • Neurological conditions with respiratory effects.


Monitoring and Assessment of Respiratory Conditions

These final interactive sessions will tie the last two days together with assessment tools and techniques.

  • Selection of assessment tools
  • Spirometry concepts
  • Short practical session on respiratory assessment.


Chest X-rays - What Can We See?

  • Interpretation of acute diseases and injuries
  • Other modalities for radiological assessment.

5:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations



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