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!
8:30am - 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:
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
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:
12:30pm - Lunch Break 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:
2:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
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
9:00am - 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:
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
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:
12:30pm - Lunch Break and Browse the Book Display
The main purpose of renal assessment is to ascertain the fluid balance of the patient. Intake and Output is one of the most important aspects of general assessment, in the prevention of decreased cardiac output, and the resultant decreased organ and tissue perfusion. This session will review the underlying principles of renal assessment. It includes:
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Having developed your clinical assessment and clinical reasoning skills over the last two days, we will discuss a Case study incorporating all you have learned. This is a final opportunity for you to reflect on your abilities in clinical assessment. It will include:
4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient.
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.
29 - 30 Mar 2021
17 - 18 Jun 2021
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