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:
The perception of diabetes mellitus as a complex and life-limiting condition prevails, despite advances in research and innovations in treatment. Confusion amongst people with diabetes and healthcare professionals alike is compounded by a wealth of information, often editorial, that liberally interprets trends in diabetes into attractive ‘cures’. Here we examine common myths, reveal the facts and consider a future vision for people with diabetes. This session:
There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and its life-changing impact on a person. It includes:
Insulin therapy is prescribed for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, depending on insulin production or resistance to insulin. This everyday medicine is not ‘one size fits all’ and individualisation of therapy is vital for optimal glycaemic outcomes. In this session, we will consider:
Delirium is an acute and severe change in mental state, and it is also a sign of deterioration. This session will discuss a condition that is commonly mistaken for other mental health symptoms. It includes:
Medications are designed to treat, but sometimes they may cause harm instead. In these cases, deprescribing is utilised in order to safely reduce medications. This session includes:
Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term used for a variety of conditions that relate to the cardiovascular system. Recent media coverage has made it abundantly clear that our risk of cardiovascular disease is rapidly increasing in the community. This session will look at:
Cardiac rehabilitation is a key extension of the care and support a person requires following hospitalisation for a cardiac event. Understanding how cardiac rehabilitation assists people, what is involved and how patients can benefit from it can ensure nurses are able to provide education and prepare patients. This session focuses on:
When people who appear psychotic come into our care, we tend to presume it’s due to mental illness or drug-induced. But what if it’s not? This session will explore some of the other reasons people present as psychotic and how something as simple a blood test can reveal the hidden truth. It includes:
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:
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:
Surgical and investigative interventions for people with diabetes can disrupt glycaemic control and contribute to delayed healing and increased morbidity and length of stay. This session will consider the perioperative management of diabetes, including:
Gauri Godbole is currently practicing as a clinical pharmacist in aged care and mental health at Gosford Hospital. She has experience in hospital pharmacy practice across Australia. Her practice interests include aspects of geriatric medicine, research, teaching and publications: for both consumer and healthcare professionals. Gauri is a regular presenter at patient education forums such as the stepping-on program for falls prevention on the central coast. She has presented in various seminars and conferences, nationally and internationally. Gauri is a member of many local and national committees such as the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, Night Sedation Guidelines committee. She is an active member of the national geriatric medicine specialty practice leadership committee for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ of Australia (SHPA), elected as co-chair of the committee in 2019. She was awarded SHPA, NSW branch Early Career Pharmacist Award in 2017, in recognition of her contribution to pharmacy practice. Gauri is a fellow of the SHPA. Recently, she gained her certification as a dementia practitioner. Gauri recently received her advancing practice pharmacist credential in geriatric medicine in 2019.
Julie Droguett has been employed by the Central Coast Local Health District for 19 years. Her current role is the clinical nurse specialist in the diabetes centre at Gosford Hospital. Julie is a credentialed diabetes educator working in Diabetes across acute care, sub-acute, community, maternity and paediatrics. She is a professional member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and Diabetes NSW.
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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