11h CPDSeminar

Assessment: General Clinical Nursing Seminar

Two-Day Seminar for All Nurses


17 - 18 Jun 2021
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane QLD4000

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Why Attend

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:

  • Taking a history
  • Building trust with a patient
  • The difference between primary and secondary assessment
  • How to select the correct assessment tool
  • Anatomy and physiology in relation to a wide range of systems, including common or serious presentations
  • Stepping up your clinical reasoning skills
  • Numerous case studies to highlight key findings, as well as commonly missed signs and symptoms

Attend this two-day seminar if you have not had formal education on this topic in the past 12 months. Book now!

Need for Program

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.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to offer all nurses an opportunity to update their general clinical assessment skills.

Your Learning Outcomes

  1. Improve patient comfort during an assessment by preparing the person physically and psychosocially, including through selecting the most appropriate assessment tool
  2. Confidently take a meaningful patient history in accordance with best practice so as to extract the relevant knowledge within the context of the person’s condition
  3. Correlate clinical assessment findings with the pathophysiological processes that occur across a range of body systems
  4. Document findings and apply a range of appropriate and timely evidence-based nursing interventions


Day One

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

Day Two

9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


Cardiac Assessment – Part 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:

  • Case studies in cardiac assessment
  • Take the next step – advanced cardiac assessment
  • The usefulness of diagnostic tests
  • The usefulness of pathology tests in cardiac assessment
  • Common cardiac management problems – the patient with chest pain

10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


Neurological Assessment – A Systematic Approach

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:

  • Neurological assessment tools and techniques
  • Normal anatomy and physiology of the neurological system
  • Common disease states and related assessment findings
  • Documentation and correct use of terminology
  • Specific neurological assessments through demonstration
  • Assessing the “head injury”

12:30pm - Lunch Break and Browse the Book Display


Assessment of the Renal System

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:

  • A review of the normal anatomy and physiology of the kidneys
  • A brief look at the role of the kidneys
  • What constitutes as Intake and Output, and how should you measure these?
  • Hypo- and hypervolemia, and their related clinical assessment findings
  • Recognizing renal dysfunction and the key to preventing acute renal failure

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


Sharpening Your Nursing Assessment Skills: A Case Study

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:

  • Assessment of the patient presenting with a range of underlying conditions
  • Advanced assessments and clinical reasoning processes for this patient
  • Medical and nursing management of the patient

4:30pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations

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Sue de Muelenaere

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. Read More

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