11h 30m CPDConference

Enrolled Nurses' Conference

An Annual Ausmed Education Two-Day Event

Enrolled Nurses' Conference - Brisbane 2020


27 - 28 Feb 2020
Mercure Hotel Brisbane,
85-87 North Quay

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Why Attend

As the health system constantly changes, make sure you are one of the well-informed and up-to-date nursing professionals. Attend this conference and learn about:

  • Professional opportunities for enrolled nurses
  • Medication updates
  • What you need to know about wounds
  • Latest trends in diabetes care
  • How to deal with ethical dilemmas
  • How holistic care differs from a medical model of care
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Amanda Fryer

The Brain and Diabetes: What Is the Link Between Diabetes and Dementia

Studies have shown that people living with Type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This session includes:

  • How does diabetes potentially cause dementia?
  • Is there a way we can prevent diabetes-related dementia?
  • How does vascular dementia differ from other dementias?
  • How does diabetes impact dementia?
  • How can we support people with diabetes and dementia?
Tim Emerton

Saints and Sinners: Healthcare Professionals and Addictions

The TV show Nurse Jackie showed us a healthcare professional with an addiction to prescription medication. Though people have complained about it, it highlights an issue that affects nurses and other healthcare professionals worldwide. This session will explore:

  • What are the reasons why some healthcare professionals become addicted to prescription medication, alcohol and/or other drugs?
  • Are there any challenges faced by healthcare professionals who want to seek treatment for these addictions?
  • How can we help our colleagues who may be addicted to prescription medication and alcohol and/or other drugs?
11:00 Morning Tea

Andrew Blythe

Scope of Practice – No Shades of Grey

The scope of practice for enrolled nurses need not be a grey area. While the scope of practice across all aspects of nursing is ever-changing, it is possible to find your sweet spot. This next session will clarify any grey areas and offer case scenarios to assist you in applying this knowledge to your role. This session discusses:

  • How the scope of practice for enrolled nurses has evolved over time
  • What the current role of the enrolled nurses encapsulates
  • How enrolled nurses can expand their scope of practice
Dr Treasure McGuire

When Less Is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medications are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks for 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:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?
  • What are the principles of deprescribing?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Sue de Muelenaere

Clinical Enrolled Nurse Detective – What Condition Is This?

As enrolled nurses, we use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise and act on important changes in a patient’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • It will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems
  • Along the way, you will be given pieces of information that you can use to solve the case
  • Are you ready, detective?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Amanda Fryer

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness

Natural or manmade disasters can happen at any time and we have to be ready for any situation. This is especially true for people living with diabetes, as any disaster can be detrimental. This session includes:

  • How are natural disasters deleterious for your patients/residents with diabetes?
  • What do you have to prepare for your patients/residents with diabetes in case of an emergency?
  • Can these patients use other forms of diabetes medication in emergency situations?
  • What do we have to watch out for when caring for these patients in an emergency?
  • Are there any special considerations we have to be aware of?
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Amanda Fryer

Nil-by-Mouth and Diabetes

People with diabetes who present in acute care are likely to have special needs. This session will look at some of the challenges that enrolled nurses must be aware of when caring for diabetes patients. It includes:

  • Administration of insulin to a patient who is nil-by-mouth – important considerations and precautions
  • Care of an “at-risk” patient with diabetes who should not undergo surgery
  • What to do when a patient with diabetes needs preparation for surgery
Mark Pratt

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?
10:45 Morning Tea

Adam Burston

Speak-Up for Patient Safety

Sometimes, healthcare professionals feel that they do not have the right to express their opinions on things they see in the medical field, which may result in patient harm. This session will look at the importance of speaking up for patient safety and 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?
12:00 Lunch and Networking

Jane Stanfield

Creating a Just Culture – Understanding the Nature of Mistakes in Healthcare

As the complexity of healthcare increases the risks of human error increases too. We are all human and humans react (fairly) consistently to surrounding circumstances. A basic understanding of the complexity of our systems, the nature of human error and the creation of just cultures (vs blame cultures) in healthcare can go a long way to shifting the culture and creating a safer environment for all of us. This session includes:

  • Errors in healthcare – some statistics
  • Why mistakes happen in healthcare
  • Updates on the Swiss cheese model of healthcare
  • Complex systems and the impact they have on the outcomes of error and safety
  • Human factors and what they have to do with safety
  • What we can do, both individually and collectively, to manage this problem – it’s easier than you might think!
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Jane Stanfield

Be Careful and Kind to YOURSELF! Self-Compassion and Its Impact on Care

There is an increasing focus on compassion in healthcare (and society) with an associated questioning of why it appears to be dwindling. There is more and more evidence emerging that compassion for others is only possible when we are also compassionate to ourselves. This session will give you some space to understand the connection and the reality of why it’s not easy, as well as room to consider your experience of compassion at the moment. Discuss:

  • What is compassion? Is it really dwindling in society and healthcare? If so, why might that be?
  • Is it recoverable?
  • What are the benefits of compassion? Can it really be “fatigued”? If so, what causes this?
  • What is self-compassion?
  • Let’s have a little practice...
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The scope of practice of enrolled nurses (ENs) has become more complex over time. Safety and competency skills are critical to ENs practice, and it is essential that continuous updates to knowledge and skills are undertaken. Holistic nursing care relies on comprehensive approaches to patient conditions. This further reflects the need for broad-based education that places the person at the centre of care. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to improve patient outcomes by increasing the clinical and professional knowledge and practice of enrolled nurses.

Your learning outcomes:

Negotiate holistic care with adults who have chronic conditions that is attuned to their desired outcomes
Critically interpret and use patient information from a range of sources to provide best-practice nursing care
Use communication as a therapeutic tool to facilitate collegial and interprofessional collaboration
Implement and evaluate care that reflects best-available nursing evidence so that safe and quality care is provided


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Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient. Read More

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Jane Stanfield

Jane Stanfield is a health service improvement coach. She comes with 30 years’ experience in healthcare, half as a clinician and half in health administration, support and coaching. Having had a brush with burnout herself and several close family members receiving healthcare, her focus is on bringing compassion back to healthcare for all involved. Her current use of neuroscience and mindfulness at work enables healthcare providers to work with their own mind, emotions and behaviour to influence their culture in a way that will energise and motivate them as they manage the safety and reliability of their care and its focus on the patient while caring for themselves. Jane is currently coaching several nurse leaders and runs workshops on leadership, shaping cultures, wellbeing, and communication and patient safety (CAPS). Her most recent professional development personally is in LEAN thinking - reducing waste and improving flow in healthcare…because waste is disrespectful to people! Read More

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Mark Pratt

Mark Pratt is currently working as a nurse practitioner for the frail older person on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He works across community and inpatient settings to facilitate early discharge, and admission avoidance. This requires strong relationships with service providers and other health professionals. Mark has been a nurse practitioner since 2012 and during that time has been involved in a number of hospital avoidance programs in Queensland and New South Wales. He is passionate about people receiving care as close to home as possible. Mark has qualifications in aged care, health promotion and education, which provide a good basis for community interventions.  Read More

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Tim Emerton

Tim Emerton works in an outpatient withdrawal and pharmacotherapy stabilisation clinic as a Nurse Practitioner: alcohol and other drugs. He also works in two pharmacotherapy clinics. Tim has worked in AOD and mental health for the past 24 years in various capacities. This has included managing an outpatient withdrawal service and a pharmacotherapy unit, delivering from cert IV to diploma level AOD education and case managing in a pharmacotherapy clinic. He has worked in the community and inpatient mental health settings. He spent 18 of those years working in the Northern Territory, which provided him with a diverse range of experiences. He was the Community Nurse of the Year in the Northern Territory in 2006 and he was the first AOD Nurse Practitioner in QLD. Tim has a passion to further professionalism and education in AOD nurses and the general community. Read More

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Amanda Fryer

Amanda has been working in diabetes education for over 20 years. She's been involved in setting up a hospital diabetes service, educating nurses through conferences, and onsite in aged care facilities, developing resources to simplify learning. For the past 15 years, Amanda has been working in private practice. Due to the increasing number of people developing type 2 diabetes, and the lack of education and resources available to many of them, Amanda has seen too many people with uncontrolled diabetes developing complications. This has been generally due to them not knowing the questions to ask their health professionals or having the skills and knowledge to effectively manage their condition. Her focus now is reaching as many people with type 2 diabetes as possible through online education and resources, to ensure they become the drivers of their diabetes, not passengers, and stay healthy to live the life they’ve worked for. She’ll continue to educate nurses to ensure their patients and residents receive the highest quality of care when in their facilities. Read More

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Treasure McGuire

Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As assistant director of pharmacy, Mater Health Services, she manages their academic practice unit. She is also a senior conjoint lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland and associate professor of pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University, where she lectures on complementary medicines, reproductive health, medication safety and communicable diseases. In recognition of her services to medicines information, she received the Lilly International Fellowship in Hospital Pharmacy and the Bowl of Hygeia of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Read More

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Adam Burston

Dr Adam Burston [RN, MHlthServMgmt, PhD], is a lecturer in nursing and course coordinator for the Masters of Health Administration at the Australian Catholic University, Australia, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedicine. He is also a nurse researcher, Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane. He was twice recipient of a Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence (2006 & 2008) during his postgraduate master's program and inaugural recipient of the University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery PReST scholarship during his PhD candidature. Dr Burston is also a member of the Australian College of Nursing. Adam has an extensive and varied background in nursing, has co-authored book chapters on clinical nursing (pain, post-operative management, cardiac care, respiratory care), ethical decision making (in-press), and was invited by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing to co-author an online module on ethical behaviour. He has published research on moral distress in nursing and presented at international and local conferences on topics such as moral distress and using blended learning to support a transitional pedagogy. He has a particular interest in (psychosocial) workforce preparedness and workforce retention, with post-doctoral work continuing to explore the effects of moral distress on aged care workers in Australia. As an academic, he has a particular interest in undergraduate nursing education, specifically transition to university (commencing students), transition to clinical practice (completing students), healthcare ethics and interprofessional practice. He has been instrumental in the implementation of blended learning pedagogy targeted at engaging first-year undergraduate students and has also been active in supporting other academics to embrace this approach to teaching. Adam is also involved in community engagement activities with undergraduate students, providing health education, health resources, and direct health care to local communities in Siem Reap and Battambang, Cambodia. Read More

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Andrew Blythe

Andrew Blythe is a writer and editor who has a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Queensland. In addition, he is an adjunct research fellow at Griffith University within the School of Human Services and Social Work, assisting the school with both curriculum review, and lived-experience research development. He enjoys communication in all its forms and has prepared and presented material via print, including as former editor of Time and Place (the Queensland Heritage Council magazine) and Queensland Pride, as well as radio, television and multimedia formats. He is currently writing a memoir about his father’s experience of receiving a heart transplant, as well as documenting other peoples’ experiences of the Queensland health system. Read More


27 - 28 Feb 2020


Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane QLD,4000


$629.00 (two days)
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