This seminar will assist you to conduct better clinical nursing assessments. This is an opportunity for you to update your general clinical assessment skills within a practical and interactive environment. Learn about:
Attend this two-day seminar if you have not had formal education on this topic in the past 12 months. Book now!
9:00am - Registration and Refreshments
This introductory session will highlight the importance of the holistic nature of a nursing assessment. Clinical assessment is acknowledged as a core nursing skill that, when used as a baseline tool, is the key to the development of an effective care plan. In this session, you will reflect on the purpose of clinical assessments and how they contribute to your professional care. You will also review the nursing process and consider the following questions:
There is a range of instruments and tools that can be used to assist nurses to perform a clinical assessment. This short session will briefly look at the purpose of these tools and where their value lies in a clinical assessment. We will discuss:
11:00am - Morning Tea
The main purpose of respiratory assessment is to ascertain how well the gases of oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged. This session will review the underlying principles of respiratory assessment. It includes:
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
This session focuses on the diseases of the respiratory system and their clinical presentations. You will discuss clinical findings, how to interpret them in relation to your patient presentation, and how to take the next step in the assessment and management of respiratory problems. We will look at case studies in respiratory assessment and discuss:
2:45pm - Afternoon Tea
Cardiac disease is increasingly common in our society. Many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are also linked to cardiac problems. In this session, you will refresh your knowledge about the underlying principles of performing a cardiac assessment. Topics include:
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:30am - Commencement of Day Two
This session focuses on the diseases of the cardiac system and their clinical presentations. You will discuss clinical findings and how to interpret them in relation to your patient presentation. You will then take the next step in the assessment and management of cardiac or cardiac-related problems. Explore:
11:00am - Morning Tea
The neurological system can be involved in many patient presentations and is considered to be one of the most difficult systems for assessment. A neurological assessment needs to demonstrate objective reasoning and critical thinking. As the neurological system is so complex and involves every aspect of human function, we have many tools available to assist. In this session, using case scenarios, you will discuss assessment tools and techniques and consider their implications in regard to neurological function. Review:
1:00pm - Lunch Break and Browse the Book Display
While respiratory, cardiac, and neurological assessment have now been discussed, there may be other assessment challenges you face. Depending on the time available, and the needs of participants, additional case studies and presentations are available to outline clinical assessment in areas such as:
3:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
This session will look at your own assessment capabilities and what you have gained from this seminar. By having an understanding of your own clinical reasoning skills and how to develop them, it will ensure that your nursing practice continues to improve and expand. We will discuss:
Having developed your clinical assessment and clinical reasoning skills over the last two days, the outcomes for some of the case studies will be presented. This is a final opportunity for you to reflect on your abilities in clinical assessment.
4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Leanne Boase is a nurse practitioner with a background in critical care and paediatrics. She currently practices across three GP clinics in Melbourne. She has also built, owned and operated her own GP practice and is now a director of the Prime Medical Property Group, developing and building properties in the health sector. Leanne also does business planning and is the author of 'Medical Business Management', aimed at assisting health professionals to start their own businesses. Leanne is the current president and a fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. She works as a casual academic. Her qualifications include a master of nursing (nurse practitioner) and a master of health science (education).
A fundamental aspect of nursing care is the ability to conduct a comprehensive patient assessment and interpret and act on the relevant findings. New techniques and evidence are always emerging, which will impact on assessment knowledge and skills that already exist. Closing the gap between what is already known and any new aspects of assessment is necessary if critical thinking is to be maintained at a high level.
The purpose of this seminar is to offer all nurses an opportunity to update their general clinical assessment skills.
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