This general nurses’ conference is an ideal way for you to update your knowledge about a range of nursing topics each year. Book your place at this upcoming conference and:
Due to a vast increase in literature, it can often be difficult to keep up-to-date with new research. Yet, being informed by current evidence is essential if we are to care comprehensively for older adults. As such, this session will review recent literature and the hot topics most relevant to the older adult. It includes:
Assessment of the older person can be tricky. But, you are in a pivotal position to respond to the holistic health needs of an older adult during this time. Using case studies, in this practical and dynamic session we will explore:
Enhancing an older adults’ involvement in the decision-making regarding their medication administration can have increasingly positive effects on their overall wellbeing. This session will look at the involvement of older adults in deprescribing and the responsibilities that they are involved in. It includes:
Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session, you will learn about current best-practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. It includes:
Patients with a diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes may benefit from certain nutritional approaches. However, with so much pseudo-nutrition advice available for consumption, how can we assess which approaches may best manage certain symptoms? This session considers the evidence behind these nutritional approaches and discusses:
The initial assessment and management of a person who has suffered trauma are critical to their outcome and recovery. This session will discuss the rapid systematic primary survey, which is based on established frameworks. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate actions within different contexts. It includes:
Two ends of a spectrum, hypovolemia and hypervolemia can become serious if left untreated. This session will discuss:
The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:
How often do you consider the dangers associated with prescribed medications for pain? Opioids are commonly prescribed in a range of settings. Yet, their potential for harm, misuse and even deliberate self-poisoning is ever-present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them and so that they are appropriately used not abused. This session includes the most common types of analgesics that may be prescribed for managing pain. It includes:
Dementia is an incurable condition that affects around 30% of people over the age of 85. It is the second leading cause of death for Australian adults and, even when medically diagnosed, this condition attracts stigma and is considered hopeless. A superior understanding of the underlying pathophysiology is necessary to contribute to quality care for people with the condition, as well as their family or carers. This session will provide an update on the pathophysiology of dementia and includes:
Complex care can be very challenging towards any health professional, even with years of experience. This challenging notion forces us to continually learn and understand how chronic, complex diseases affect a person. How can we, as nurses, put the pieces together to provide high-quality holistic care? In this session we will look at the complex nature of certain chronic diseases and how nurses can make a difference.
Danielle Kennedy is a nurse practitioner: aged care who currently works in the Murrumbidgee local health district. After qualifying as a registered nurse in 1996, Danielle spent 15 years working in various healthcare settings in the United Kingdom, predominantly in haemato-oncology with a special focus in intravenous access. In 2009, she began placing PICCs and went on to develop a nurse-led ultrasound guided PICC-insertion service as a part of her master of science (cancer nursing). On returning to Australia, in 2014, she entered a community nurse practitioner internship with a special focus on the older person and was endorsed in May 2017. Danielle is passionate about the role of nurse practitioners in supporting older adults in the regional and rural setting.
Josh Anderson is a medication safety pharmacist who holds a bachelor of pharmacy and a graduate certificate in pharmacy practice. A member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacist’s medication safety specialty practice group, Josh provides expert guidance and support on medication safety issues. While working in remote health in South Australia, Josh spent significant time flying to outback clinics with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, providing outreach pharmacy services and education to clinic nurses and patients. Josh is passionate about medication safety and how that portfolio can better protect patients and healthcare professionals. Currently, Josh holds the position of medication safety pharmacist at Albury Wodonga Health.
Audas Grant is currently employed by NSW health as a clinical nurse consultant for emergency and critical care. He has worked in NSW Health for more than two decades and has represented on several state, interstate, and national taskforce committees. Audas has presented at many national and international conferences. Currently, he is the chair of the NSW Rural Emergency/Critical Care CNC planning group, co-chair of the NSW Rural Critical Care Taskforce Committee and representative for NSW ARC. His main ambitions are to play the Uilleanne Pipes competently, improve his lap time around Winton Raceway, and continue his dedication to ASMAP.
Good patient care is directly related to the quality of the nursing care being provided. The healthcare environment is rapidly changing and all nurses are faced with the constant challenge of keeping their knowledge, skills and practice up-to-date. As well, the amount of new knowledge available is increasing. To achieve the desired patient outcomes, utilising informed, safe and competent nursing practice is vital. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.
The purpose of this conference is to enable all nurses to remain up-to-date on a range of current professional and clinical practice topics.
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