8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
Cornerstone of Nursing Care – Clinical Assessment
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:
- Should a comprehensive clinical nursing assessment be performed on all patients?
- What data should be sourced prior, during, and after a clinical assessment?
- Performing a clinical interview – how do you ensure the interview is both reliable and appropriate and includes the relevant people?
- Top to toe systems assessment: which is the best pattern?
- What documentation should be considered?
Assessment Tools – Which One?
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:
- How to select an assessment tool
- How to use a tool when performing an assessment
- Documentation tips
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
Assessment of the Respiratory System – Part One
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:
- A review of the normal anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
- The difference between oxygenation/respiration and ventilation
- The common disease states and their related clinical assessment findings
- How to perform a systematic assessment of the respiratory system
- History and clinical examination with a respiratory focus
12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking
Assessment of the Respiratory System – Part Two
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:
- Taking the next step – how do you do an advanced respiratory assessment?
- Why order a chest x-ray or other diagnostic tests?
- Are any pathology tests useful in respiratory assessment?
2:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Cardiac Assessment – Part One
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:
- A review of the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system
- Key aspects of healthy heart function
- What your first observations tell you
- How to perform a systematic assessment of heart function
- Common disease states and related assessment findings
- How to document and use terminology correctly
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar