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2-Day Seminar – A General Update for Nurses
Medicines are one of the highest risk areas of practice for all nurses. This vital update will increase your confidence in:
This seminar is for all nurses who have not had a formal update in medicines education in the past 18 months. Come and “TOP UP” your knowledge!
The administration of medicines is one of the riskiest areas of nursing practice and requires a thorough understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. In this context, it is imperative that medicine interactions and unwanted side effects are readily identified. The combination of new and current medicines requires nurses to continually expand their knowledge and that of their patients. The onus for safe and quality practice remains with the professional handling of medicine. It is, therefore, imperative that nurses engage in evidence-based education.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge about the safe and quality use of medicines in nursing practice.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
This session describes the place of medicines within the healthcare system and how the quality, supply, and use of medicines are maintained. It discusses:
This session looks at how the body acts on a medicine and how medicines act on the body. You will gain an understanding of why this is essential knowledge for anyone administering medicines, and how these factors impact on clinical practice. We will look at:
Absorption and Distribution
10:30am - Morning Tea
This session will review the different dosage forms and routes of administration, including:
The first of the medicine group sessions will look at commonly prescribed analgesics and cover:
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
This session examines an evidence-based approach to the selection and use of medicines and explains how to analyse the large amount of information available. What are the most reliable and up-to-date sources and how do you assess their credibility? Discuss:
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea
Cardiovascular medicines can be daunting to work with, as the consequences of when things go wrong may be profound. These medicines are often seen as complex and challenging. This session will explore a number of important groups of cardiovascular medicines in common use, including those for:
These medicines are widely used in Australia and are not without risk. This session looks at:
4:45pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
This session looks at medications for the treatment of depression and insomnia and covers:
This session looks at medicines for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and covers:
10:30am - Morning Tea
This session will look at medicines for the treatment of chronic respiratory conditions and covers:
This session will follow the framework provided by the Therapeutic Guidelines and AMH, considering issues in therapy for a range of gastrointestinal medicines including:
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
This session will introduce and explore the critical issues in modern medicines use, with a focus on quality and safety. The concepts that will be considered and put in the context of what it means for the patient include:
Once the problems have been described, an exploration of systems approaches and resources available for healthcare professionals will be presented, including:
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
This session focuses on one common medicine group that you will encounter in your nursing practice – antibiotics – and their use in all aspects of health care. It looks at:
A brief summary of the two days with a reminder of key points and the resources available to help improve patient care.
4:45pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Kay Stewart holds an adjunct position in the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety at Monash University. She has over forty years experience as a pharmacist, in both community pharmacy and academia. She qualified as a pharmacist at the University of Queensland and later obtained her PhD at the same institution. On moving to Victoria in the early 90s, she joined Monash University. Kay’s research interests have centred on medication adherence and the potential for community pharmacists to engage in interprofessional care of patients with chronic illnesses e.g. asthma, type II diabetes, hypertension.
Anne Leversha is a senior lecturer at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and director of Medication Education and Management Australia. Anne is a clinical pharmacist and has been a director of a hospital pharmacy. She is a fellow of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), is an Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) surveyor and consultant and is a trained clinical competency assessor for hospital pharmacists. Anne has been a member of the Victorian Medicines Advisory Committee and was a member of the team that developed a national interdisciplinary clinical educator preparation program. She has presented and conducted seminars and workshops in national and international conferences and forums. Anne has published on topics, including improving medication safety with articles on high-risk medicines alerts, drug allergy documentation, clinical pharmacist interventions, and pharmacists’ contribution to medical education.