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Have you observed changes in the level of acuity of the patients in your care? Are you looking to build your confidence and learn more about how to care for people with more complex clinical conditions? If you feel under pressure to continually extend your scope of practice and broaden your nursing knowledge of acute care topics, then attend this conference to keep up-to-date. Topics include:
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Enrolled nurses who work in acute hospital settings or the community are likely to be caring for older Australians. As frontline carers, ENs are in a prime position to support psychosocial wellbeing. This session will encourage you to consider what really matters to an older person and why this is so valuable to your practice. It includes:
An older adult’s quality of life is likely to be significantly challenged when faced with illness, injury, or disease. Comprehensive care that ensures older adults avoid unnecessary hospitalisation is a pillar of promoting the best possible quality of life. This session will look at:
Sometimes, enrolled nurses feel that they do not have the right to express their opinions on things they see in the medical field that may result in patient harm. This session will look at the importance of speaking up for patient safety. It will discuss:
In cases of healthcare-acquired complications, there is more than one person to care for. The patient’s carers do not experience the complication the same way the patient does, but that doesn’t mean they are not severely affected. This session looks at the following topics:
Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons. They 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:
Traditionally, the mention of malnutrition may conjure up images of diseases, such as scurvy and rickets. However, under-nutrition and malnutrition is a modern problem plaguing our community, and it is found in healthcare settings across the country. This session includes:
It is essential that all enrolled nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform an acute mental status examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person who is experiencing mental distress. It includes:
Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces the warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. It includes:
While wound management is a complex area, this session will provide an essential update on the basic, yet fundamental, principles of wound assessment. Let’s review a range of considerations, including the wound, the person, and their environment.
Pressure ulcers are recognised as a serious patient safety problem. This important session reviews:
According to NPS Medicinewise, one in three of all unplanned hospital admissions relate in some way to medicines. The potential of medicines to be harmful is huge and especially for those taking four or more medicines on a regular basis. Enrolled nurses who administer medicines and observe patients have an important role in ensuring medicine-related risks are minimised. This session looks at common medicines and considers how to optimise the quality and safety of medicine use for your patients. It includes:
Increasingly, patient care relies on interprofessional interventions. Interprofessional communication, including genuine patient understanding, is critical to the provision of holistic care. This adds significant complexity to the work of nurses. This session will consider, in brief, two aspects of care: interprofessional and patient communication. It includes two case scenarios and asks the questions:
Rapid changes in health care, including technology, have resulted in a steep rise in the acuity of patients across all clinical settings. People who may have once been cared for in a high-dependency setting are now routinely cared for on general wards. As new knowledge emerges at frightening speeds and some previous practices are now seen to be outdated, being well-informed is an imperative for enrolled nurses who care for patients requiring acute care. There is a timely need for formal education that provides enrolled nurses with key clinical updates on a range of acute care topics.
The purpose of this program is to provide enrolled nurses with key clinical updates on a range of acute care topics and, thereby, to improve outcomes for patients with increasingly complex conditions.
Louis has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years, has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the editorial Board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and writes articles on Disease state Management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities (as well as the above) include singing in a choir, visiting schools re bullying (Courage to Care) giving talks to U3A groups and appropriate accommodation groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. Read More
Kristen Adams is an accredited practising dietitian who works as a grade 2 dietitian and general manager for Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition (PPN), a private practice dietetics company based predominately on the Mornington Peninsula. Having previously worked at the Austin Hospital, Kristen has a strong interest in clinical nutrition and is now based at Peninsula Private Hospital. She is also located at numerous private practice clinics, working in conjunction with the Victoria Diabetes and Endocrine Network, Peninsula Sports Medicine Group, and Melbourne Bariatrics. Kristen is a firm believer in the motto "practice what you preach". She endeavours to inspire her clients to achieve their personal health and nutritional goals while providing them with the necessary support along the way. Her specialist areas include weight loss, diabetes management, food intolerances, gastrointestinal disorders and sports nutrition. Read More
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. Read More
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a registered nurse who has been a credentialed diabetes educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated commitment to teaching the contemporary realities of managing diabetes and preventing complications. Since 1982, Catherine has worked in diabetes education. She was then employed by Gwen Scott at the Diabetes Foundation, Victoria, now known as Diabetes Australia, Victoria. Catherine has her own business, Positive Health Directions, and works in independent practice in Narre Warren and Neerim South, Victoria. Catherine completed the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University in 1994. She was the chairperson for ADEA Vic Branch from 1994 to 1998 and she is the current chair for the AMNF Diabetes Nurse Educators Special Interest Group in Victoria. Catherine has recently reviewed all the systems around diabetes care at Vasey RSL Care, which provides residential and community aged care services. Catherine has a keen interest in accelerated learning and neuro-linguistic programming and has studied extensively in facilitating group learning and training techniques. She is a renowned presenter and her sessions are interactive and entertaining. Catherine is consistently highly evaluated by those who attend her education sessions. Read More
Melinda Brooks has worked in wound management for more than 20 years in a variety of settings from the Victorian Adult Burns Unit to community nursing to research and lecturing in wound care at both Monash and Latrobe Universities. Melinda works in private practice as a Nurse Practitioner in wound management, following her endorsement in 2013. Her work is mainly in aged care and the community, providing consultancy and education. In 2016, Melinda and two colleagues began Wounds R Us – a collaboration that provides wound management education to clinicians around Melbourne. Melinda has presented at many state and national conferences and thrives on teaching others about the importance of holistic wound management. Melinda is currently a member of the Wounds Australia Education Pillar and committee member of the Wounds Australia national conference 2018. Read More
Fran Pearce is an education coordinator at a large metropolitan teaching hospital. She has extensive experience in orthopaedic nursing, including orthopaedic case management and nurse unit management, in both Australia and Northern Ireland. Fran regularly lectures on the topic of orthopaedics and is consistently highly evaluated by those who attend her sessions. Read More
Lisa Dick has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, specialising in aged care and community health. Lisa was endorsed as an older persons nurse practitioner in 2016. She has worked as a nurse practitioner with Mercy Aged Care for three years, followed by a locum position at Castlemaine Health on the rehabilitation and geriatric evaluation management units. Lisa is now working with Home Nurse Services in Melbourne who are a national in-home specialist nursing service delivering exceptional quality nurse services to aged care facilities. They utilise only nurse practitioners to ensure the highest quality of care is provided. Lisa’s passion is working with older people and providing a person-centred approach to care to enrich lives and improve the health and wellbeing of the older person across the continuum. Read More