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:
From a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition with the discovery of insulin, our knowledge of diabetes has changed so much since its discovery. Despite this, some untruths are still prevalent and it is up to healthcare professionals to help patients understand what is fact and what is fiction. This opening session will discuss:
A diagnosis of diabetes will have an impact on the psychosocial aspects of a person’s life. This session will discuss the benefits of lifestyle and health literacy for patients with diabetes. 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:
The development of antibiotics was one of the key advancements in medicine. Many bacterial infections that previously had no effective treatments and often caused significant morbidity and mortality, then became treatable with antibiotics, saving millions of lives. Now, because of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat. This session includes:
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:
Also known as vacuum-assisted closure, negative pressure wound therapy is used to accelerate wound healing. This session will discuss:
Despite best efforts, some patients will experience wounds that deteriorate due to infection. Should the wound demonstrate dehiscence, drainage and devitalised tissue, the nursing team will need to be able to set appropriate objectives and select correct dressings to care for these wounds. This session includes:
Often the focus of diabetes management can centre on preventing long-term complications. However, the prevalence of diabetes means that nurses working in acute care settings will encounter people with acute metabolic complications of diabetes. This session discusses:
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:
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:
Hypoglycaemia is a daily concern in the lives of people with diabetes and fear can influence the person’s ability to self-manage. Education and prevention are key and can reduce the likelihood of a hypoglycaemic event and the potential complications that may occur. This session will dive deeper into the physiology and management of hypoglycaemia. It includes:
Philip Wells is a registered nurse with over 30 years' experience in medical, surgical and critical care nursing. In the past 10 years, he has coordinated cardiac rehabilitation programs for both Hervey Bay and Maryborough, establishing the role of facility-based cardiac rehabilitation in secondary prevention.
Peta Tauchmann has worked as a diabetes educator since 1998. In 2003, she established a private practice in diabetes education in Brisbane and, in 2015, she was endorsed as a nurse practitioner. Professionally, she enjoys a range of activities, working in her own community-based clinics and contributing to local and national projects designed to improve the care of people with diabetes. She enjoys working in an area of healthcare that is meaningful, constantly changing and intellectually stimulating.
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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