26 - 27 Jul 2021

Diabetes: Advanced Nursing Management Seminar

10h 30m
QRC: 4129
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Why Attend

Nurses who have already attended Ausmed’s Diabetes – Nursing Management Seminar or those who have a thorough working knowledge of diabetes management should register for this Diabetes – Advanced Nursing Management program. This program is the next step in learning about advanced nursing care for people with this complex and potentially devastating disease. This advanced program expands on many important areas of diabetes including:

  • Nutritional management
  • Meeting the needs of more complex patients
  • Serious complications of diabetes
  • The “lived experience” of diabetes
  • Advanced medication management
  • Latest tools and gadgets and much, much more…
This seminar provides interactive sessions, case studies, and practical demonstrations.


8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


Diabetes – The Lived Experience of Chronic Illness

This introductory session will look at the day-to-day experience of living with diabetes. It will challenge you to consider the preconceptions held by health professionals around diabetes and self-management. It includes:

  • What impact does this chronic illness have on those with diabetes, their family, and their friendship networks?
  • How can preconceptions affect the daily practice of health professionals?
  • How do preconceptions affect the life of those living with diabetes?


The Pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus – an Advanced Understanding

In the initial Diabetes – Nursing Management seminar, blood glucose control modulation was explained. This session expands on this by giving an exploration into the homeostatic mechanisms involved in the control of diabetes. This session includes:

  • What is the GLUT4?
  • What role does insulin secretion play in lipogenesis?
  • Which tissue acts as the main energy store for the body?
  • What role does insulin secretion play in lipogenesis?
  • What is the GLUT4W and what is the role of glucagon in achieving homeostasis?
  • What is the role of lipoproteins and their transportation at a cellular level?

10:30am - Morning Tea


New Inventions in the World of Diabetes

Technology is developing rapidly and is moving fast to provide state of the art diabetes treatment and management options. In this hands-on session, participants will be able to use new blood glucose monitors, view the latest insulin administration devices, and discuss other current resources and devices. We will also discuss the correct use of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion devices and continuous glucose monitoring systems.

12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


Evidence-Based Nursing Care – The Gold Standard

In this session, a number of significant research studies about diabetes management will be reviewed and discussed, including:

  • What are the findings of recent studies that have had a direct impact on the nursing care of patients with diabetes?
  • How have these changed traditional nursing practices?
  • What are the medical changes that have occurred as a result?
  • When should the commencement of diabetes medications and insulin now be considered?
  • What studies are underway that may affect a nurse's clinical decision-making in the future?


Complications of Diabetes – What is Going On?

In this session, the current theories regarding the causative factors that lead to diabetes complications will be examined and discussed. Topics include:

  • What are the fundamental changes that occur at the cellular level with diabetes that lead to chronic damage?
  • What is the role of advanced glycation end products in creating complications?
  • Why should the thyroid gland be part of the normal diabetes health care check?
  • Is there a difference in microvascular and macrovascular disease development?
  • What is the concern if someone is on beta-adrenergic blocking agents (β-blockers)?
  • How does prolonged hyperglycaemia interfere with cellular immunity?

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea


Education Complexities and Workable Strategies

Controlling diabetes is not just about regulating the blood glucose levels. By examining diabetes and its adverse effects, combined with the current trends in diabetes management and education, your skills in diabetes management can be honed. This session includes:

  • What are the current recommendations for the maintenance of general health in a person with diabetes?
  • What other medicines may be helpful to complement those used for diabetes control?
  • Who should be involved in the process of educating a person with diabetes?
  • What concerns exist with regard to current education activities?

4:15pm - Close of Day One

9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


Diabetes Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Day two commences with a detailed explanation of this condition and its management. It includes:

  • What is DKA and why does it occur?
  • Which blood tests should be ordered for diagnosis of this condition?
  • What are the current management guidelines?
  • What monitoring and treatment should take place in the event of DKA?


Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Syndrome

This next session will review this syndrome along with management guidelines and appropriate nursing actions. It includes:

  • Why is the rapid correction of the hyperosmolar state so dangerous?
  • Which solution is used to replete the extracellular volume?
  • What conditions can complicate hyperosmolar coma?

10:30am - Morning Tea


Diabetes, Illness, and Surgical Procedures – What Needs to be Considered?

Learn about the difficulties of managing diabetes when another temporary illness is identified. Consider the nursing care for those undergoing surgical procedures. This session will explain:

  • What are the special considerations for someone with diabetes and an acute illness?
  • What are the concerns when the use of contrast medium is a part of a procedure?
  • When and how should ketones be checked?
  • How frequently should blood glucose monitoring be performed?
  • When should diabetes medication be altered?
  • What food substitution is recommended for those who are on insulin and fasting and, therefore, unable to eat?


Nutritional Management of Diabetes

A team approach to the nutritional management of diabetes is essential. While nutrition is usually managed in collaboration with dieticians, it is essential for nurses to be aware of different trends and research in dietary management. This session will examine some of these trends and covers:

  • CSIRO diet, Mediterranean diet, and glycaemic index
  • DAFNE and DESMOND – what role do they play in the management of diabetes?
  • Tools for those using the carbohydrate counting method

12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


Balancing Carbohydrate Intake and Diabetes Medications – Why is it Difficult to Maintain Control?

This is a hands-on session that demonstrates the difficulties of estimating the carbohydrate values of food. It will allow participants to gain an insight into the daily trials of attempting to regulate blood glucose levels. It will reveal the carbohydrate values of common foods.


Ageing and Diabetes – The Nursing Implications

A decline in renal function and decreasing awareness of hypoglycaemia are just two of the difficulties associated with ageing and diabetes. Other questions that will be addressed in this session include:

  • How does ageing alter the prospect of best-practice diabetes management?
  • What is the impact of polypharmacy?
  • Which medications are suitable for the older adult to use and which ones should be ceased?
  • How often should blood glucose levels be checked?
  • Which blood glucose levels should be reported?

3:00pm - Afternoon Tea


Case Studies and Discussion

This final session is an open forum for the discussion of current nursing concerns. Participants are invited to bring questions and queries about the care of those with diabetes to this forum for group discussion.

4:15pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


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Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a registered nurse who has been a credentialed diabetes educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated commitment to teaching the contemporary realities of managing diabetes and preventing complications. Since 1982, Catherine has worked in diabetes education. She was then employed by Gwen Scott at the Diabetes Foundation, Victoria, now known as Diabetes Australia, Victoria. Catherine has her own business, Positive Health Directions, and works in independent practice in Narre Warren and Neerim South, Victoria. Catherine completed the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University in 1994. She was the chairperson for ADEA Vic Branch from 1994 to 1998 and she is the current chair for the AMNF Diabetes Nurse Educators Special Interest Group in Victoria. Catherine has recently reviewed all the systems around diabetes care at Vasey RSL Care, which provides residential and community aged care services. Catherine has a keen interest in accelerated learning and neuro-linguistic programming and has studied extensively in facilitating group learning and training techniques. She is a renowned presenter and her sessions are interactive and entertaining. Catherine is consistently highly evaluated by those who attend her education sessions.

Need for Program

As the incidence of diabetes continues to increase worldwide, there is a growing need for informed, well-educated health professionals to care for people with this complex chronic illness. Nurses, who are ideally situated to care for people with this disease, need to be up-to-date on current and advanced evidence-based nursing skills relating to diabetes. They need access to ongoing relevant, high-quality education. This program expands upon the foundation provided by the initial Diabetes – Nursing Management seminar. It may also suit those who have completed other diabetes education programs.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to provide and teach nurses advanced knowledge and skills relating to the care and management of adults with diabetes mellitus, including for nurses who may not have qualifications in diabetes education.

Your learning outcomes

  • Apply an advanced understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of diabetes to improve health outcomes
  • Expand the advanced understanding and analysis of the role and action of modern diabetes medications to promote better regulation of blood glucose levels
  • Evaluate and assess the current recommendations for the maintenance of the general health of a person with diabetes and the implications these have for daily living
  • Have enhanced insight into the lived experience of a person who has diabetes mellitus to better encourage self-care

Diabetes: Advanced Nursing Management Seminar in other locations

26 - 27 Jul 2021

Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

19 - 20 Aug 2021

Oaks On Collins
480 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
26 - 27 Jul 2021

Diabetes: Advanced Nursing Management Seminar

10h 30m
QRC: 4129
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Price: $559.00