Conference

Rockhampton Nurses' Conference

2 Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed

Overview

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Rockhampton region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Rockhampton every June. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…
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Rockhampton Nurses’ Conference 2019
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Schedule

Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One

9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15
Jodie Allen

Essential Physical Assessment Skills

Nurses are essential in the early detection of clinical triggers that may suggest a patient is deteriorating or has already become acutely unwell. Appropriate and timely assessment is known to reduce morbidity and mortality, thus improving patient outcomes. This session reviews important assessment considerations, including:

  • Why we assess our patients
  • Vitally important “vital signs” – why some clinical cues are neglected
  • Top tips for quick recognition of acute deterioration
  • Review of key principles of assessment, including documentation and National Standards
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
Jodie Allen

When Disaster Strikes at Night – Communicating Under Pressure

All types of disasters can strike in the night. It becomes increasingly more difficult when you’re under the pump with your patient load and need to get tasks finished. This session will look at a low fidelity, high occurrence situation to get you working together. It includes:

  • How do you delegate tasks during an adverse event?
  • How do you promote teamwork and why is it so useful?
  • Why is communication key?
11:45
Jodie Allen

ST What? Identifying Important ECG Changes

There are certain ECG changes that may be present in the context of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and which must be correctly identified and reported urgently. This session will use case studies to take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. It includes:

  • What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain?
  • How do you identify ECG changes relating to myocardial ischaemia, injury, or infarction, and what might this mean?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

1:30
Judy Oxenham

Harm Reduction and Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Cannabis

Primary care workers are in a unique position to identify and intervene with patients whose substance use is hazardous or harmful to their health and wellbeing. Patients view nurses as a credible source of advice about health risks including substance use. Brief interventions aim to identify current or potential problems with substance use and motivate those at risk to change their substance use behaviour. Harm reduction is a widely accepted and long-standing principle, which acknowledges that preventing people from using drugs or alcohol is not achievable. Instead, there is the potential to improve health outcomes by assisting them to maintain health and preventing the complications of using. Topics include:

  • Understanding how harm minimisation policies, programmes and practices reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop.
  • Harm reduction strategies for Alcohol, Cannabis, Methamphetamine and Opioids.
  • How brief interventions provided by nurses and other front-line workers can help the patient understand that their substance use is putting them at risk and encourage them to reduce or give up their substance use.
  • How to refer and what resources are available.
2:45 Afternoon Tea

3:00
Judy Oxenham

Harm Reduction and Brief Interventions for Methamphetamine and Opioid Use

Brief interventions aim to identify current or potential problems with substance use and motivate those at risk to change their substance use behaviour. Harm reduction is a widely accepted and long-standing principle, which acknowledges that preventing people from using drugs or alcohol is not achievable. Instead, there is the potential to improve health outcomes by assisting them to maintain health and preventing the complications of using. Topics include:

  • Understanding how harm minimisation policies, programmes and practices reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop.
  • Harm reduction strategies for Alcohol, Cannabis, Methamphetamine and Opioids.
  • How brief interventions provided by nurses and other front-line workers can help the patient understand that their substance use is putting them at risk and encourage them to reduce or give up their substance use.
  • How to refer and what resources are available.
4:00 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

9:00

Welcome and Review

9:15
Veronica Mills

Correctly Injecting Insulin – The Facts

It has been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependent, as well as for nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. It includes:

  • What is the correct method to use to inject insulin?
  • If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
  • What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
  • How is lypohypertrohy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
  • How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?
  • What devices can be used for insulin injections and also a brief outline on insulin pump therapy?
10:45 Morning Tea

11:00
Belinda Anderson

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 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 of pressure injuries and the appropriate dressings for improving skin integrity. This session will focus on the following:

  • How do you 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?
11:45
Belinda Anderson

“War On Wounds” and the Dressing Saga

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?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

1:30
Jodie Allen

Recognising and Responding to Anaphylaxis

Could you confidently and rapidly recognise anaphylaxis? Anaphylactic reactions affect the entire body and have potentially life-threatening consequences. Due to its often unpredictable and rapid onset, a timely approach to responding is vital. This session covers:

  • What is anaphylaxis?
  • How can you recognise its signs and symptoms?
  • What is the initial management? A practical demonstration of auto-injectors...
  • What are the recent changes to auto-injectors?
  • What about follow-up care?
  • What are allergy management plans and how can you provide education to parents to prevent anaphylaxis?
2:30 Afternoon Tea

3:00
Jodie Allen

Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of normal physiological processes is essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you to get up-to-speed of the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:

  • What are the normal physiological processes of fluid balance?
  • What is hypovolaemic shock? How would you recognise it and what might the causes be?
  • What intravenous fluids should be used and when?
  • How do you recognise electrolyte disturbances early?
  • How can you identify important/life-threatening ECG changes on the rhythm strip?
4:00 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.

Your learning outcomes:

1
People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness
2
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions
3
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
4
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines

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Rockhampton Nurses' Conference

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Rockhampton Nurses' Conference
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