11h 15m CPDConference

Enrolled Nurses - Acute Care Conference

Two-Day Conference for ENs Seeking Acute Care Clinical Updates

Enrolled Nurses - Acute Care Conference - Melbourne 2019


16 - 17 Dec 2019
Oaks On Collins ,
480 Collins St

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Why Attend

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:

  • The Importance of recognising early sepsis
  • Recognising a deteriorating patient
  • Managing acute delirium
  • Pressure injuries and risk management strategies
  • Enhancing the quality and safety of medicine use much, much more…

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Lisa Dick

What Are the Psychosocial Healthcare Needs of an Older Person?

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:

  • What may cause psychological distress in an older person who is unwell?
  • How can enrolled nurses assess a person’s psychosocial needs?
  • Pain, not dementia – can the development of a therapeutic relationship help us to see “challenging behaviours” differently and avoid the use of chemical and physical restraints?
Lisa Dick

Revolving Doors – Helping Older Adults Avoid Admission

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:

  • Why might a hospital admission be harmful to an older adult?
  • How does avoiding hospitalisation improve quality of life?
  • What nursing practices prevent hospitalisation and re-hospitalisation?
  • If hospitalisation occurs, how can you prevent it in the future and transition to the community safely?
11:00 Morning Tea

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Speak up for Patient Safety

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:

  • Why is it important to empower all healthcare workers, including students, to speak up?
  • What are the difficulties in empowering healthcare students to speak up?
  • How can we change a culture of underreporting possible breaches to patient safety?
Fran Pearce

The Other Patient – The Carers of Patients with HACs

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:

  • How can healthcare workers support the patient’s carers in their time of need?
  • What can we do if the carers are showing signs of carer fatigue?
  • Why is open communication important for healthcare professionals, as well as patients and their carers/loved ones?
  • An exploration of the Governance approach
1:30 Lunch and Networking

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Diabetes and Diabetes Emergencies – Essentials for Enrolled Nurses

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:

  • What are diabetes emergencies?
  • What to watch for and how to respond?
  • Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
  • An update on the most common medications used to treat these conditions
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Kristen Adams

Malnutrition – Giving It the Attention It Deserves

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:

  • What is the difference between malnutrition, under-nutrition, and sarcopenia?
  • How are these conditions screened?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • Which tools are most effective at identifying those at risk of unplanned weight loss, e.g. MNA?
  • What are some practical strategies to improve the nutrition of an older adult?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Geoff Ahern

Mental Status Examination and the Acutely Unwell Adult

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:

  • What is distress and what clinical situations can this be seen in?
  • What factors can lead someone to become acutely unwell?
  • How do we conduct a mental status examination?
  • Caring during a crisis – practical tips on what to say and do to support a person…
Fran Pearce

Hot Bodies – The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis

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:

  • An overview of the mechanism of sepsis
  • How sepsis causes hypotension
  • The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that warrant attention
  • Early aggressive treatment: what it involves
10:45 Morning Tea

Melinda Brooks

Back to Basics Wound Assessment

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.

  • What factors are important when assessing a wound?
  • How do you document your assessment?
  • What role do investigations play?
  • How do you determine the wound diagnosis?
Melinda Brooks

Pressure Injury Prevention: Risk Management Strategies

Pressure ulcers are recognised as a serious patient safety problem. This important session reviews:

  • Which strategies and tools are available to predict and prevent pressure ulcers?
  • What are best-practice pressure ulcer management solutions?
  • Standards and guidelines – Australian Wound Management Association and Standard 8 NSQHS
1:15 Lunch and Networking

A/Prof Louis Roller

Enhancing the Quality and Safety of Medicine Use

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:

  • What defines a “high risk” medicine?
  • How do you assess the risk vs benefits of particular medicines?
  • Which patients are at a higher risk of adverse reactions to particular medicines?
  • Where do you find current evidence to support the quality use of medicines?
  • When using medicines, how can you optimise care and minimise risk for patients?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Fran Pearce

Interprofessional Communication, Patients, and Missed Care

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:

  • What went wrong with communication?
  • What were the challenges?
  • What is the impact of “status asymmetry” on communication?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

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.

Purpose of Program

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.

Your learning outcomes:

Enhance the quality and safety of all aspects of patient care
Apply current evidence to support best practice care for deteriorating patients
Provide clear and concise assessment of a patients condition at all times
Provide preventative action for people with one or more chronic health diagnoses to minimise frequency and severity


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Louis Roller

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

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Kristen Adams

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

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Geoffrey Ahern

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

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Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

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

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Melinda Brooks

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

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Fran Pearce

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

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Lisa Dick

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


16 - 17 Dec 2019


Oaks On Collins
480 Collins St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$610.00 (two days)
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