27 - 28 May 2021

Hobart Nurses' Conference 2021

11h
Hobart
QRC: 4039
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Why Attend

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:

  • Keep up-to-date
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…
Attending a conference requires planning and, often, the support of your organisation. See below and find out how you can gain support to attend this event.

Program

8:30 Registration for Day One

9:05

Welcome and Introduction

9:05
Nicola Isles

Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Central venous access devices (CVADS) are essential in many acute care settings. As well, their use in the community is becoming more frequent. A serious, preventable complication associated with central lines includes infection. Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are the most common hospital-acquired infection in Australia. This type of infection may lead to sepsis and seriously compromise the health of an individual. This session reviews key considerations relating to the safe management of CVADs and CLABSIs. It includes:

  • What is a central venous access device, e.g. CVCs and PICCs
  • How CLABSIs can be prevented
  • Practical approaches and safe management principles to prevent infections, e.g. blood sampling, flushing, medication/fluid administration, and dressing and line changes
  • Guidelines to take back to your workplace to promote best-practice and ensure policies and procedures are up-to-date
9:45
Nicola Isles

Outbreak: Global Viruses

Ebola virus, SARS coronavirus, COVID-19, these are only some of the most famous viruses in recent history. This session will take a look at the so-called global viruses, and includes:

  • Profiles for:
    • Ebola virus disease (EVD)
    • SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV)
    • COVID-19
  • The differences between these global viruses
10:45 Morning Tea

11:00
Lea Young

Caring for a Person with Diabetes and a Foot Wound

Millions of people with diabetes suffer from poorly healing foot ulcers. In 2019, the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) produced new international, multidisciplinary, evidence-based guidance documents to assist health professionals with prevention and management of diabetic foot disease. In this session, we will explore these guidelines to find out the best prevention and management options for our patients.

12:00
Rebecca Schrale

Advances in Burns Care

Burns are still a global health problem, but advancements in burn care have cut the mortality rates to half. This session will discuss advancements in different aspects of burns care, including:

  • Wound care
  • Infection control
  • Skin grafting and skin replacements
  • Fluid resuscitation
1:00 Lunch and Networking

2:00
Tammy Harvey, Naomi Bayliss & Fiona Symons

The Community Rapid Response Service (ComRRS)

The Community Rapid Response Service (ComRRS) is a hospital avoidance initiative in Tasmania that offers short-term and high-intensity interventions for people in the community who have either an acute illness/injury or an exacerbation of a pre-existing chronic condition. This session will discuss:

  • The health conditions treated and services provided by ComRRs
  • Two case reviews
3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:30
Ricki Menzies

Sexual Consent and Capacity

The importance of sexual consent has been reiterated in recent times; however, sexual capacity isn’t talked about as much. This session will discuss the concepts and components of sexual consent and capacity:

  • Consent in the sexual sphere relating to age and ability/capacity
  • Capacity in various contexts - including sexual
  • Assessment of capacity - the who and the how
  • Supported decision making - your role
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

9:00
Ella van Tienen

Involving Older Adults in Deprescribing

Enhancing an older adult’s involvement in decision-making about their medication administration can have increasingly positive effects on their overall wellbeing. This session will look at the involvement of older adults in deprescribing and the responsibility that they are involved with. It includes:

  • How involved should an older adult be with medication decision-making?
  • What is deprescribing and why should it happen more often?
  • Why should older adults be involved with their medication?
  • How extensive should education be about medication?
9:45
Michelle Woods

Diabetes Medications: the Alphabet Soup - GLP-1, DPP-4, SGLT-2, TZD… and Insulin

Over the past 15 years, medications to address metabolic disarray of type 2 diabetes have developed rapidly. This presentation aims to improve participants’ understanding of when and why type 2 diabetes medications are prescribed. It includes:

  • Medications for type 2 diabetes
  • The mechanism of action
  • Prescribing indications
  • Potential adverse drug reactions
  • Monitoring targets
10:45 Morning Tea

11:15
TBA

Speaking Up for Safety

The concepts in the theory of graded assertiveness can be used to bring up concerns in a firm yet gradual manner, including concerns regarding patient safety. This session will discuss the consideration of the role of respectful questioning of colleagues in patient safety. It includes:

  • Reflection on the ethical considerations of speaking up for patient safety
  • Examination of video scenarios exploring the barriers to effectively raising a voice for safety
  • Demonstration of techniques that are effective in overcoming these barriers
  • Examples of communicating graduated concern, including helpful words and phrases
  • Rehearsal exercises to assist participants to find the ‘right’ words to use
  • Reflection on being ‘spoken up’ to
12:15
Michelle Woods

Case-Based Learning: How to Learn through your Practice

Clinical expertise is generated through knowledge, skill and reflection. The capacity to continue to grow and learn is central to patient-centred care and practice development. This presentation will discuss:

  • Case-based learning definitions
  • Framework and strategies for case-based learning
  • Integrating case-based learning into daily practice
1:00 Lunch and Networking

2:00
TBA

Recognising Discrimination and Stigma

Our knowledge of diseases has come a long way since the discovery of the germ theory. However, despite that, many diseases still bring discrimination and stigma against those who have them. This session will look at:

  • Why does discrimination and stigma against people with certain diseases still exist?
  • How can we, as healthcare professionals, help fight this discrimination and stigma?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:30
Leanne Smart

Delirium

Delirium is common and has an increased risk of adverse outcomes. Because of this, healthcare professionals must work together to prevent delirium before it starts. This session will discuss:

  • What is delirium
  • Delirium prevention
  • Screening your patients for delirium
  • Listening to the patient and family experience
  • Using the term delirium to improve interprofessional collaboration and patient outcomes
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

Presenters

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Ricki Menzies

Richelle Menzies is a clinical sexologist in private practice in Hobart, providing education and counselling with extensive experience in sexuality education since 2006, LGBTIQ consultancy and professional development training since 2009. Richelle has a demonstrated history of working in professional training and consultancy with not-for-profit, government and corporate clients across a variety of sectors.

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Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods completed her Doctorate of Nursing and Master of Science Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in adult primary healthcare. Her expertise as a nurse practitioner started in the United States, working in primary care and endocrinology practices. She has been certified both in the USA and Australia as a diabetes educator. Her current practice is with the Royal Hobart Hospital Diabetes Centre. She has a clinical management focus in complex care.

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Tammy Harvey

Tammy Harvey is an endorsed nurse practitioner who works in Hobart’s community and sub-acute areas for the Tasmanian Health Service. Her background is emergency and trauma with previous experience at The Alfred Trauma Centre in Melbourne and more recently in community and primary care. Her passion is hospital avoidance and supporting patients to improve their health literacy and access to appropriate healthcare. She is part of the upcoming community rapid response model.

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Naomi Bayliss

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Ella van Tienen

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Rebecca Schrale

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Nicola Isles

Nicola Isles is the current infection control coordinator at Hobart Private Hospital and St Helens Private Hospitals, Nicola has been the Tasmanian representative for the Australian Infection Control Association, which is now the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), and was a member of the ACIPC conference organising committee for the Colleges National Conference in 2015 and 2016. She is a credentialed member of the Australian College of Infection Prevention and Control and the current Coordinator of the Infection Control Cluster for Healthscope Hospitals in Australia. Healthscope as a corporation undergoes accreditation against the national standards as do healthcare facilities and she was part of the team at Healthscope head office that achieved a met with merit for National Standard 3 and is a current member of the National Nursing Governance Council for Healthscope. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Nursing and postgraduate qualifications in critical care and infection control from Griffith University. She is a registered nurse immuniser with research interests in preventing infections in invasive devices.

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Fiona Symons

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Lea Young

Lea Young has worked as a wound management nurse practitioner for the Tasmanian Health Service South since 2013. She also opened her own private wound clinic and education service in 2018, based in Hobart. Prior to this, she worked as a community health nurse for 20 years in various locations around Tasmania. She opened the first Tasmanian Leg Club at Clarence Integrated Care Centre, which is still held weekly. Lea has a particular interest in chronic wound management and lymphoedema.

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To Be Determined

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Leanne Smart

Leanne Smart works in aged services as the clinical nurse consultant at the Royal Hobart Hospital. She has spent seven years in this role, particularly focusing on raising awareness and improving the assessment, management and outcomes of the delirious patient in acute care. After completing a bachelor of nursing in 1994, she went on to complete a masters in advanced clinical nursing. Since this time, Leanne has had a range of different positions within acute care at the Royal Hobart Hospital and interstate.

Need for Program

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.

Purpose of Program

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.

Your learning outcomes

  • Identify behaviours that cause illness in people in order to plan care to prevent health deterioration
  • Optimise interprofessional collaboration with the intention of enhancing better patient outcomes
  • Apply new knowledge about a range of conditions to provide holistic care
  • Underpin patient outcomes with evidence-based practice, recognised standards and guidelines
27 - 28 May 2021

Hobart Nurses' Conference 2021

11h
QRC: 4039
Best Western Hobart
Hobart, TAS, 7000
Price: $629.00