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2-Day Personalised Teaching Seminar to Help You Protect Your Registration
If you did not write it – did it even happen? Attend this seminar and find out what your documentation reveals about your professional knowledge. It includes:
Modern regulation of nurses is stringent and requires familiarity with increasingly high standards of communication and documentation across a range of media. What and how you write tells a great deal about you and your professional knowledge and skills. Your nursing documentation provides a trail of insight into how you assimilate patient preferences with your knowledge and clinical reasoning resulting in your choice of care. Put simply, your documentation provides written evidence of your professional interventions. This is why it is such a powerful tool. This notion of documentation not only concerns patient/client care but also includes the compilation of a portfolio of proof of competence in practice. Your nurse’s registration (and income!) is therefore dependent upon your proof of completion of annual mandatory continuing professional development (CPD). Overall, there is a need for education that enables nurses to upgrade the nature of their professional documentation/data entry requirements across the scope of their practice. Therefore, at a time when the quality of nursing documentation is intrinsically linked to professional ability, quality improvements, and safety, it is essential that nurses have access to education on this topic.
This program’s purpose is to review the nature of nursing documentation across all media and how it reflects the provision of safe, quality, effective, and evidence-based care at all touch points. A further aim is to enhance nurses' knowledge about what constitutes CPD and to reveal how this steers personal career aspirations towards success.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
Without realising it, many nurses work in an environment in which their every action is traceable, or recorded. How can you safeguard your practice in this type of environment? It includes:
What do the data entry times or notes on your medication charts or patient notes reveal about you? Concise documentation offers a clear picture of the progress – or lack of progress – of a patient’s condition. This session looks at the purposes of documentation and its characteristics, standards of “professional” language, and statements. It includes:
10:30am - Morning Tea
There has been a recent increase in the use of photography as part of clinical record keeping. This has in part been due to an increase in the opportunity to share images through advanced technology. However, whilst there are a number of benefits to taking photographs in the clinical setting the advantages of doing so need to be balanced with the legal and ethical obligations of the health provider. This session will explore this form of documentation in more detail and include a look at:
Well considered professional documentation improves patient care, lowers risk, and promotes quality. It is also a means of protecting your registration, reputation, and income. This session will explore the notion of documentation as a form of personal protection. It includes:
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
Communication, in many forms, is seen as an essential skill in nursing, particularly patient-centred care. Yet, communication in its diverse forms can be a source of risk. This session considers some common scenarios related to communication. It will assist you to examine where in your practice you can enhance the accountability of your practice through sound communication. It includes:
2:30pm - Afternoon Tea
Some handheld devices and small IT devices have helped improve patients' wellbeing in the home and hospital. However, one outcome is that nurses may unwittingly become “movie stars” without their consent. This session looks at some of the pitfalls of social media for health professionals, including texting and taking photos with mobile phones while at work.
4:15pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
This introductory session sets the scene for this seminar by reflecting on the factors changing the governance environment of all health professionals. It includes the impact that evidence and new knowledge are having on the regulation of nurses. It includes:
There have recently been some major changes in the regulation of nurses, which have profound implications for every registered nurse. The onus of responsibility for proving competence to practice lies firmly with each individual health professional, which means we nurses must have complete documentation in place to demonstrate the rationale behind your selection and undertaking of CPD activities. Today’s program will explain the rationale behind the CPD policy, why we all need to take it seriously and how each of us can plan to achieve our career goals. This session will:
How does a nurse who has been employed for a long time in non-nurse activities (e.g. medical secretary, drug company representative, beauty therapist) end up no longer sufficiently competent to remain registered as an enrolled or registered nurse? This session will use a case scenario to highlight the importance of CPD that is underpinned by evidence as a means of protecting your registration and therefore your livelihood. Come away seeing the value in “never giving up your clinical nursing skills and CPD”.
10:45am - Morning Tea
This interactive session will help clarify some of your questions on CPD. It includes:
This session will help you understand how to document audit-proof CPD. It includes:
12:15pm - Lunch and Networking
In this session, you will document how you identified the gap in your knowledge, wrote the need for your personal education, planned and selected your activity, and evaluated the outcomes. Reflection will be encouraged on the following:
2:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Knowing your next career goal should influence the CPD activities and topics you now undertake. This will help ensure your learning will impact on your documentation skills and “voice” as a confident professional nurse. This is the time to imagine your next career move, which may include ideas about:
4:15pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.