11h CPDConference

Night-Shift Nursing Conference

Two Days for All Nurses and Midwives

Night-Shift Nursing Conference - Sydney 2020


Surry Hills
20 - 21 Feb 2020
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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Why Attend

Nurses who work at night – even occasionally – function in a different zone to those who work day shifts. Attend this conference and discover new ways of thinking about night shift nursing. It includes:

  • A clinical update for night-shift nurses
  • Deteriorating patients at night
  • Specific policies for agency nurses
  • Improving shift-to-shift communication
  • Mandatory reporting, difficult conversations and much more...

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Elaine Ford

Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders

Humans are diurnal, which may explain why the night shift is harder on us than the day shift. It’s even harder when we develop a disorder because of the night shift. This session will look into circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, specifically the shiftwork type – a disorder that may affect shiftworkers. It includes:

  • What are the symptoms of the shiftwork type circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders?
  • How can shiftworkers prevent this from occurring?
  • What are the treatments available for this disorder?
  • Is there a link between shiftwork type circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorder, depression and anxiety?
Elaine Ford

Optimising Health When You Work Night Duty

Maintaining optimal health whilst working night duty is a challenge. Ensuring adequate mental and physical preparation may reduce any negative effects on your wellbeing, as well as promote patient safety. This session discusses a range of considerations and includes:

  • What is the ideal sleep preparation for the first night?
  • “To nap or not to nap” during the night?
  • Are caffeine and energy drinks advisable?
  • How bright is too bright at night?
  • What nutrition can help, including the use of Vitamin D?
11:00 Morning Tea

Elaine Ford

De-Escalating Aggression and Violence

Unfortunately, aggression and violence in the healthcare setting are increasing. Within the workplace, patients and residents may behave erratically as a result of their medical condition. You may be the first person that faces the stressed and aggressive person. In order to keep yourself safe, it is very important you are aware of the skills needed to de-escalate a situation and reduce a person’s level of agitation or aggression. This session explores methods and insights that help to prevent workplace aggression. It includes:

  • How to identify subtle changes in behaviour that may be warning signs of aggression
  • How to respond calmly with a trauma-informed approach
  • Role-playing the following verbal communication strategies to defuse violence:
    • Words
    • Tone
    • Pitch
    • Pacing
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Julie Letts

Making Ethical Decisions When You’re Tired

Fatigue should not be thought of like a high-powered enemy of effective decision-making. Inevitably, clinicians who are fatigued will still have to make decisions. However, in healthcare, these decisions may be ethically charged. When in a state of fatigue, does our ability to make the tough ethical decisions change? This session investigates the link between fatigue, ethics and clinical decision-making. It includes:

  • How does ethical decision-making occur?
  • What changes if we are tired?
  • How do you maintain a focus on moral decision-making?
Irene Mayo

Documenting Patient Health Records

The night shift can become the paperwork shift, but issues such as click fatigue and simple tiredness can lead to missed care or errors. This session will explain:

  • How can patient health record issues become dangerous?
  • What are click and alert fatigue, and how are they detrimental to documentation?
  • Is it okay to document when you’re tired?
  • How can health professionals improve patient health records?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Janette Williams

Nocturia and Urgency During the Night Shift

A recent study in Italy showed that night shiftworkers are more likely to experience an overactive bladder than their day shift counterparts. This session will explore:

  • Why is nocturia more common in night shiftworkers?
  • When does it become a concern?
  • What can shiftworkers do in order to treat and prevent nocturia?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review

Kylie Tastula

When Things Go Bump in the Night: Hidden Brain Injuries

We tend to ignore small head bumps, thinking they can’t possibly be serious, but what if we don’t realise that these seemingly harmless instances can become potentially fatal? This session will look at the insidious dangers of a seemingly light injury. It includes:

  • What kinds of head injuries may present without typical signs and symptoms?
  • How do some subdural haematomas go undetected?
  • What can nurses do for a patient with a suspected hidden brain injury?
Margaret Jordan

The Truth About Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and other dietary supplements are often promoted as an additional strategy for wellbeing, especially for those who work the night shift. They are used widely by many to help enhance mood and performance, decrease stress and improve sleep. But, what are their pharmacological properties, and are they even safe and effective? This session will update you on the correct therapeutic uses of a range of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. It includes:

  • What are the benefits of fish oils?
  • When is Vitamin D indicated?
  • How do you know what a reliable product is?
  • A chance to clarify the correct use of a range of vitamins and minerals, including:
    • zinc
    • magnesium
    • calcium; and
    • glucosamine
11:00 Morning Tea


Mandatory Reporting – Your Responsibility

There are several mandatory reporting requirements that affect all members of the healthcare team. This session will encourage you to consider the implications of mandatory reporting for your role as a healthcare professional. It includes:

  • What is mandatory reporting?
  • Do you know what your responsibilities are?
  • What should you do if you suspect abuse or neglect within the workplace, including patients/clients and colleagues?
12:30 Lunch and Networking


NursesToo: Sexual Harassment and Assault

Sexual harassment and assault can happen in any work setting, including in healthcare. The #MeToo movement highlighted issues that have been prevalent since the time of Florence Nightingale and includes:

  • Why is sexual harassment and assault still an issue in healthcare?
  • In what way can nurses deal with sexual assault in the workplace?
  • What can you do in terms of reporting and documenting?
  • Why are debriefing and counselling important in cases of sexual harassment and assault?
Wendy Bryant

Diabetes at Night: The Highs and Lows

Diabetes at night – is it different from diabetes by day? “Nil by mouth” considerations, nocturnal incontinence or falls due to poor eyesight may all affect a patient’s blood glucose level (BGL) during the night. This session considers:

  • Do BGLs change during the night?
  • When and how is it best to monitor a patient's BGL throughout a shift?
  • How can we manage unstable diabetes during the night?
  • What can we do to prevent and manage diabetes emergencies at night?
  • Should nurses with diabetes work night duty?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Wendy Bryant

“Clear Fluids Only” and “Nil by Mouth” – Diabetes and Fasting

A common aspect of working at night is preparing patients for theatre the next morning. This generally requires a degree of fasting. In people with diabetes, fasting can often disrupt what may be normally well-controlled blood glucose levels. The potential for hypoglycemia is increased, which can often cause a patient anxiety. This session will update your knowledge of best practice in caring for a person with diabetes who is fasting. It includes:

  • Considerations for fasting in hospital
  • Differences between nil by mouth and clear fluids
  • Ramadan and other cultural or religious reasons for fasting in people with diabetes
  • Management of hypoglycemia in a fasting patient with diabetes
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Nurses who work at night are exposed to different environmental conditions and their subsequent risks compared to those nurses on day shifts. For example, the resources available are limited by comparison, patients are generally sleeping, which can confuse clinical symptoms, and nurses may be affected by changes to their circadian rhythms. This means clinical assessment and decision-making, as well as the ability to be assertive, are critical skills if safe and appropriate care is to be provided. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.

Purpose of Program

This conference offers nurses who work regular or occasional night shifts education that relates specifically to their context of practice.

Your learning outcomes:

Identify the extended professional accountabilities that may exist as a result of working on a night shift
Explain the typical signs and symptoms of rapid patient deterioration and the role of the night nurse in such circumstances
Attune yourself to a patient who is fearful in the night and engage in a therapeutic use of self
Be confident in providing holistic care to patients with a range of clinical conditions within the context of night shift nursing


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Janette Williams

Janette Williams is a continence consultant with an impressive background in the care of patients with urinary/bowel dysfunctions. Her clinical work as a registered nurse and her active involvement in the Continence Foundation of Australia combine to make her a knowledgeable teacher in this area of nursing care. Read More

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Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She has worked in neurosciences intensive care units, general trauma intensive care, and the ward environment and has completed a master's degree in clinical practice, majoring in neurosciences. Kylie is currently the neurosciences CNC at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a role that has a focus on the quick assessment of neuroscience patients with an emphasis on acute stroke patients. Read More

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Irene Mayo

Irene is an experienced lecturer and nurse educator who has been lecturing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Australian Catholic University for almost 10 years and has also been working in an acute care surgical hospital in Westmead Private Hospital as a registered nurse and nurse educator. She has a passion for education and believes in providing staff and people with skills they can utilise to better themselves and provide safe and effective patient care. Read More

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Margaret Jordan

Margaret Jordan is a clinical pharmacist with experience in hospital, community and aged care settings. Margaret has a strong interest in reducing the risk of harm from medicines. She has analysed and researched factors contributing to harm from medicines and implemented programs to reduce risk. Margaret was a member of the recent Anticoagulant Working Party for the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and a subject matter expert for high-risk medicines module development for opioids and anticoagulants for the NSW Health Education and Training Institute. Margaret has developed and provided training for nurses, pharmacists and medical practitioners. Her most recent roles have been as the project pharmacist for the South-Eastern Sydney Local Health District Opioid Stewardship Program and with the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District Drug and Therapeutics Committee. She is currently the project pharmacist in a general practice, investigating the influence of a pharmacist on the management of high-risk medicines in patients transitioning through healthcare. Read More

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Julie Letts

Julie Letts is the director of LettsConsulting – a consulting service to the health and aged care sectors. She specialises in ethics and in end-of-life decisions. Julie understands the healthcare policy environment, clinical and operational settings, and government systems, having over 15 years in ethics-related senior roles in state and federal government. She previously had an 18-year clinical background working as an intensive care nurse and educator. She has led over a dozen statewide policy reviews and has policy writing and content expertise in a range of sensitive and complex clinical issues. These include end-of-life decisions, advance care planning, deceased and living organ donation, health care variation, ethics surrounding assisted reproductive technology and genetics, use of blood products, forensic and coronial matters, as well as public health ethics and methods of providing clinical ethics support to health professionals. As former senior policy analyst then manager, clinical ethics and policy with the NSW Ministry of Health, she authored all current NSW health policy in relation to end-of-life decisions and advance care planning. Julie has a master’s degree in bioethics, a post-graduate qualification in public health ethics, and is an advisory board member to the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics at Macquarie University. Read More

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Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant is a credentialed diabetes educator with 22 years' experience, as well as specialised diabetes knowledge and skills in the provision and advancement of diabetes care and diabetes self-management education. She is currently employed at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney as a clinical nurse consultant in diabetes. She also works in private practice as part of a multidisciplinary team, both at the Mater and St Vincent’s Private Clinic. Read More

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Elaine Ford

Elaine has 42 years' experience in nursing, focusing on mental health from the early 1980s. She has worked in hospital and community settings, working in both acute care and case management roles before taking a role in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Over the past 15 years, Elaine has focused on developing skills as a therapist, including training in a variety of models. This diversity of skills helps to collaborate with consumers in which approach is going to be most helpful to them. She has presented at local, national and international conferences on a variety of topics, focusing on what nursing offers in assisting people to recover from physical, psychological and traumatic events. Elaine is the first practising Nurse Practitioner in mental health in Australia. She has had a private practice for 14 years and is very passionate about optimising people's health so they can enjoy a more fulfilling life. Read More


20 - 21 Feb 2020


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010


$629.00 (two days)
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