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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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