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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will look at fall risk screening and assessment, why identifying appropriate fall risk interventions is important, and what we as healthcare professionals need to be aware of to provide best practice falls prevention at the bedside.

Topics include:

  • Why recognise risk at the bedside?
  • Risk factors – personal and environmental
  • Identifying risk and implementing interventions
  • Caring for your patient after a fall

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurses and other health professionals working in inpatient wards of public and private hospitals and residential aged care facilities.






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Wound Care

Wound Assessment



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is for nurses to further explore the components of, and increase their skills in performing a systematic, standardised, accurate assessment of local wound characteristics.

Topics include:

  • Characteristics of a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Standards for wound management
  • Measuring wound dimensions
  • Evaluating wound progress

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with wounds.

 






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems. You will be asked a series of questions throughout the case study that will assist you with this and your learning.

Sections include:

  • Case study
  • Examinations
  • Findings
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment and education

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all health professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare.






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This Video Learning Activity explores the practical application of ethical principles to the everyday clinical environment by showing how nursing occupies a very distinctive ethical position, not just within the contemporary healthcare system, but within the broader culture of our society as a whole.

Topics include:

  • The problems of abstracted ethical theory
  • How nurses make practical use of ethics in healthcare
  • Narrative, and its importance in obtaining outcomes that are meaningful
  • Can nurses be replaced?

Target audience:

This VLA is relevant to nurses and midwives in all areas of professional practice as both the nursing and midwifery professions are committed to ethical decision-making in their practice.






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This Video Learning Activity will review the evolution of modern nursing ethics through discussing how nurses approach ethically-challenging decisions in their clinical practice. The emergence of moral principles and professional codes will be explored in order to understand the relationship of ethics and law to the everyday clinical environment.

Topics include:

  • The evolution of modern nursing ethics
  • Consequence and duty: their relationship to modern nursing practice
  • The emergence of moral principles
  • Professional codes
  • The relationship between ethics and law
  • An introduction to practical ethics

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives in all areas of nursing and midwifery practice.






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This Video Learning Activity will emphasise the relationship between disclosure, truth and autonomy, and the use of ethical reasoning as part of a shared decision-making process. The unique relationship between the nurse and patient is discussed, and how this can be especially beneficial when obtaining outcomes that directly promote patient autonomy.

Topics include:

  • The ethical aspects of valid consent
  • The relationship between information and autonomy
  • How nurses employ professional discretion when providing information
  • Withholding the truth: can this be morally justified?
  • Truth, trust and the role of the nurse

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives at all levels.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed for midwives, nurses and other health professionals working with women throughout their reproductive years, and will provide an overview of the impact a high BMI has upon community health, pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding.

Topics include:

  • Definition of BMI
  • Link between high BMI, insulin resistance, androgenisation and PCOS
  • Effects of high BMI on efficient labour
  • Engaging the high BMI woman in education and interventions

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all midwives, nurses and lactation consultants working with women in their reproductive years.






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Wound Care

Wound Dressings



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides a comprehensive overview of wound dressings, including what to consider before selecting a dressing, the properties and functions of common wound dressings, and examples of types of wound dressings that you can use in your workplace. It will provide a broad overview of the most commonly used types of wound dressings available and will not explore all products available.

Topics include:

  • The functions and limitations of wound dressings
  • The main classes and functions of wound dressings
  • The purposes and properties of common wound dressings
  • The components to consider in implementing a wound dressing regimen

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses working in a variety of health care settings who manage adults that require professional wound management.






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Professional Development

Improving Standards in Your Workplace



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will show you how to improve standards in your workplace by utilising the Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care. This tool was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and is designed to help all health professionals identify current safety and quality improvement activities that may need reviewing, as well as design goals for health service improvement. If healthcare professionals understand the framework, better care can be provided through developing robust systems to ensure maintenance and evaluation of practice and patient outcomes.

Topics include:

  • What is the Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care?
  • Consumer centered standard
  • Driven by information standard
  • Organised for safety standard

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for any health professional who is interested in learning more about quality and safety, or would like to know how daily activities fit into the current health care framework and the minimum standards that underpin accreditation for health service organisations.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed to provide nurses, midwives and credentialed diabetes educators with up-to-date information on gestational diabetes (GDM) given several recent changes in management. This VLA will discuss predisposing factors for GDM, changes to treatment and diagnostic criteria, and how a diagnosis of GDM impacts subsequent pregnancies and ongoing health.



Topics include:

  • Overview and Risk Factors
  • Treatment
  • Education and Future



Target audience

This VLA is designed for nurses or midwives currently or intending to work with pregnant women with or at risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides an epidemiological overview of droplet infection diseases and food and water-borne diseases, covering how they are contracted, signs and symptoms, key syndromes to be aware of, and preventative measures to take in order to lower the risk of contracting these diseases.

Topics include:

  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Pertussis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Travellers' diarrhoea
  • Cholera
  • Parasitic diseases

Target audience:

This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is appropriate for those health professionals who are counselling patients about pre-travel health strategies, including registered nurses in areas such as paediatrics and general practice, as well as midwives and Nurse Practitioners.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides an epidemiological overview of droplet infection diseases and food and water-borne diseases, covering how they are contracted, signs and symptoms, key syndromes to be aware of, and preventative measures to take in order to lower the risk of contracting these diseases. Additionally, other common travel risks such as accidents and animal bites are discussed.

Topics include:

  • Mosquitoes and mosquito protection
  • Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya
  • Malaria
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Scooter and motor vehicle accidents
  • Rabies

Target audience:

This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is appropriate for those health professionals who are counselling patients about pre-travel health strategies, including registered nurses in areas such as paediatrics and general practice, as well as midwives and Nurse Practitioners.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide nurses with a detailed explanation of why and how a comprehensive health assessment (CHA) of an older adult is undertaken.

Topics include:

  • Why conduct a comprehensive health assessment?
  • What’s involved in the assessment
  • What to do when an issue is identified
  • Case study

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all nurses working with older adults in both the inpatient setting, and the community.






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The challenge of deprescribing is to apply quality use of medicines principles using a person-centered approach where polypharmacy, co-morbidities and fragility converge with a lack of evidence or guidelines to aid decision-making.

Topics include:

  • Incidence of medication use
  • Polypharmacy and principles of deprescribing
  • Barriers to deprescribing
  • Classes of medicines for deprescribing
  • Planning withdrawal

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurse practitioners and others who prescribe medications. It may also be of interest to all nurses.






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Professional Development

Report Writing in Patient Health Records



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide nurses and midwives with an overview of what is considered to be effective communication through documentation in the patient’s record, and what adverse outcomes can occur when this is done poorly.

Topics include:

  • The important role of documentation
  • The basics of documentation
  • Case studies
  • Poor versus quality documentation

Target audience:

This VLA is designed primarily for nurses and midwives working in any clinical setting, whether this is in acute care, aged care, in the community, or with vulnerable populations within any health care setting. However, other health professionals and those working in management and education will also find this information valuable.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) reviews the different types of glucose-lowering medicines that are currently used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Topics include:

  • Biguanides and Sulfonylureas
  • Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitor (AGI) and Thiazolidinediones (TZDs)
  • Glucagon-like peptide 1 analogues (GLP-1s)
  • Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 Inhibitors (DPP-4s)
  • Sodium Glucose Transporter-2 Inhibitors (SGLT-2s)
  • Where does that leave insulin?

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and other healthcare professionals caring for individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus.






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All competent adults have a right to decide what medical treatment they would refuse if they lose capacity to make decisions in the future. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) looks at the increasing trend to have future refusals of treatment recorded in legally binding documents known as Advance Care Directives (ACD’s).

Topics include:

  • What is an Advanced Care Directive?
  • Requirements for a valid Advanced Care Directive
  • Substitute decision making
  • Case law and Advanced Care Directives

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses and midwives working in all contexts of adult health care.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explores evidence-based guidelines for pain management and includes information on acute, chronic and post-surgical pharmacological pain relief using a multidisciplinary approach.

Topics include:

  • Non-opioid analgesics
  • Opioid analgesics
  • Other therapies for pain management

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurses and other health professionals who regularly administer medicines and care for those with pain.






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Aged Care - Assessment

Oral Health for Older People



Oral care is an essential part of nursing care that is sometimes overlooked. Use this Video Learning Activity (VLA) to refresh your knowledge of why oral care is important and what best practice oral care for older people involves.

Topics include:

  • Oral landmarks, anatomy and function
  • Oral disease
  • Maintaining best practice care

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for registered and enrolled nurses who care for older people in any setting.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) examines why mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset and maintenance of chronic physical conditions.

Topics include:

  • Co-morbidities of physical and mental health
  • The Mental State Assessment
  • Preventing poor health outcomes

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for health professionals caring for people with a mental health disorder and a chronic physical illness.






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Professional Development

Driving Change



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed for any nurses and other health professionals wishing to drive change in their workplace, but who are unsure where to start. It will break down for you in a few easy steps how to drive change in your workplace, regardless of size, and show you some practical examples of how others have done this.

Topics include:

  • Who is John Kotter?
  • The steps in Kotter’s 8-step model
  • Practical examples of the steps in practice

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for any nurse or other health professional wishing to drive change in their workplace, but who are unsure where to start.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide an update on insulin therapy, and the vital role insulin plays in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Topics include:

  • Classes of insulin
  • Review of how carbohydrate intake impacts on glucose and insulin levels
  • Modes and uses of insulin
  • Administration of insulin via pump, pen and pre-drawn syringe

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who require insulin.






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Falls in the older population is known and recognised as a significant clinical risk area. However, young people fall as well, and can sustain serious injury. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will cover falls prevention education from the viewpoint of younger people.

Topics include:

  • Paediatrics
  • Midwifery
  • Medical considerations
  • Drugs and alcohol

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all nurses and other health professionals working with those aged under 65 years in inpatient wards of public and private hospitals, as well as residential aged care facilities.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) considers how medications can contribute to weight gain and obesity, and the vicious cycle that exists with obesity being a major risk factor for some chronic diseases, treating these diseases, and managing the side effects of the medicines used in treatment. Obesity is a highly sensitive issue that health professionals may not feel comfortable addressing. So how do you approach this issue with your patients?

Topics include:

  • Obesity in Australia
  • Disease states affected by obesity
  • Medicines
  • Strategies for weight reduction

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all health professionals, but especially nurses, enrolled nurses, nurse practitioners, and diabetes educators, who may work more closely with administration of medication that can cause weight gain, as well as patients that may be obese.






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Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is a medical procedure that is used to treat severe mental health disorders such as clinical depression, mania and psychosis. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explores the history and theories underpinning the use of ECT, who may benefit from this form of treatment and how any adverse effects may be prevented.

Topics include:

  • The origin of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Electrode placement
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Minimising adverse effects

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurses and other health professionals caring for people who are undergoing electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will look at what a fall is, why identifying falls risk is important, and what we as healthcare professionals need to aware of, to appropriately identify fall risk.

Topics include:

  • The importance of identifying falls risk
  • Personal and environmental risk factors
  • Screening and assessment

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all nurses working in both inpatient and community health settings.






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Midwifery

Feeding Babies



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will address four aspects of feeding success in babies under 6 months old, and look at how successful infant feeding is not just dependent on how much the baby drinks, but also how the feeding relationship and environment contribute to success or struggle.


Topics include:

  • Establishment of infant feeding
  • Common problems with feeding
  • Assessing a feed
  • Development of a management plan

 

Target audience

This VLA is designed for midwives and nurses working with young babies, including those working in paediatric or neonatal settings, as well as maternal and child health nurses.






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The Mental State Assessment (MSA) provides a structured way for nurses to identify if a person’s mental state is deteriorating. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) focuses on the main parts of this assessment, the manner in which it can take place, and what can be done with the assessment findings.

Topics include:

  • Principles of the Mental State Assessment
  • Conducting the Mental State Assessment conversation
  • Risk assessment

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses working in a range of healthcare settings, but especially those working in mental health, primary practice, community health, or critical care.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide an introduction to forensic health care to increase awareness of the need to develop skills and knowledge in this area in order to provide better outcomes for patient’s medico-legal needs.

Topics include:

  • What is forensic health care?
  • How to recognise injury
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Documentation and evidence collection

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for healthcare professionals working in any clinical setting. Those working with victims of domestic violence, children, older adults, and victims of crime who enter the health care system through emergency departments, may find this VLA particularly useful.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides comprehensive information about a range of complex conditions affecting the vulva and vagina, including treatment options for these conditions.

Topics include:

  • Incidence of the disorders affecting the vulva and vagina
  • Common disorders and their treatment
  • Female genital mutilation

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to health professionals caring for women of all ages, and especially those working in women’s health, primary practice, paediatrics, and adolescent health.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the science of the two most common electrolytes, sodium and potassium, and their main functions in the body. Common problems associated with electrolyte abnormalities are examined and treatment options are discussed.

Topics include:

  • The science and pathophysiology behind the most common of the electrolytes: sodium and potassium
  • Disease mechanisms that lead to abnormal levels
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms associated with electrolyte disturbances
  • Nursing assessment and interventions, including the identification of risk factors
  • Common medical interventions

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all health professionals, but those practising in the following fields may find it of particular relevance:

  • Acute care
  • Aged care
  • Community care
  • Critical care
  • Emergency care





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Your patient tells you that they are experiencing severe pelvic pain. Could the cause of this be due to endometriosis, or is it something else? This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will assist you to differentiate endometriosis from other causes of pelvic pain.

Topics include:

  • Gynaecological causes of pelvic pain
  • Non-gynaecological causes of pelvic pain
  • Diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to health professionals caring for women of all ages, and especially those working in women’s health, primary practice, paediatrics, and adolescent health.






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Medications

Medication Errors



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides an update on medication administration and calculations, as well as provide a reminder for all healthcare professionals on how we can avoid making medication errors and potentially causing adverse patient outcomes.

Topics include:

  • The extent of medication-related problems
  • Strategies for improving medication safety and administration
  • Medication calculations

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, and all other health professionals who administer medications to patients on a daily basis.






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Clinical Detective

Clinical Detective



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems. You will be asked a series of questions throughout the case study that will assist you with this and your learning.

Sections include:

  • Case study
  • Review of an ORIF procedure
  • Review of Factor V Leiden disorder
  • Examinations
  • Findings
  • Medical interventions
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment and education

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all health professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare.






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Developmental Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, firstly looking at prevention. If we know what FASD is and what to look for, we can better screen for it to prevent it. As there is a new diagnosis process in Australia, the characteristics associated with FASD diagnosis will be discussed. Finally, intervention principles will be addressed, along with practical tips that you can apply to decrease the risk of a FASD birth, or to support those who have lived experience of FASD and/or their significant others.

Topics include:

  • What is FASD?
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Interventions and support

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for health professionals who care for women of childbearing age who may be at risk of drinking during pregnancy. This VLA will also be of interest to all health professionals who may care for children and/or adults who have a diagnosis of FASD.






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Women's Health

Contraception



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) describes the various types of contraceptive methods that are currently available, and examines some of the differences between these. The reasons why certain contraceptive methods may be favourable over others are also explored.

Topics include:

  • Types of hormonal contraception
  • Side effects of hormonal contraception
  • Non-hormonal contraception methods
  • Factors affecting contraceptive decisions

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives across all areas of professional practice, in particular, those wishing to work in sexual and reproductive health and community health.






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A cancer diagnosis can adversely impact on an individual’s sexuality and body image. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) examines why this may be the case, and offers strategies for health professionals to address sexuality and body image concerns.

Topics include:

  • The impact of a cancer diagnosis on intimacy and body image
  • Myths about sex and cancer
  • Overcoming barriers to addressing sexual concerns
  • Skills for addressing sexual and body image concerns

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to health professionals who care for people diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones. It may also be useful for individuals who, in their personal lives, may provide care and support for a loved one experiencing cancer.






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Clinical Detective

Clinical Detective: Skin



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems. You will be asked a series of questions throughout the case study that will assist you with this and your learning.

Sections include:

  • Case study
  • Review of ageing skin
  • Examinations
  • Skin-specific assessment
  • Findings
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment and education

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all health professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) describes the menopause and provides a comprehensive guide to its aetiology and clinical features, as well as reviewing the use and efficacy of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Topics include:

  • The normal ovarian cycle
  • The role of oestrogen
  • Ovarian failure
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Management and treatment
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Myths and misinformation

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, in particular, those practising in general medical practices and women’s health settings.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will increase the awareness and recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whilst also promoting the resilience that individuals and families demonstrate to cope with a range of significant life challenges. Nurses and midwives are in powerful positions to influence high quality care, which ultimately leads to better treatment outcomes for people affected by PTSD.

Topics include:

  • Normal and abnormal responses to trauma
  • Diagnostic classification of PTSD
  • How PTSD affects families and children
  • Cognitive, pharmacological, and alternative treatment options

Target audience:

This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed for health professionals who are caring for individuals and families who show signs and symptoms of emotional distress associated with trauma.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) examines the psychosocial effects that can accompany a cancer diagnosis, and encourages health professionals to provide psychosocial support for patients and their loved ones who are experiencing the disease.

Topics include:

  • Responses to a cancer diagnosis
  • Risk factors for distress
  • Common concerns associated with a cancer diagnosis
  • The role of health professionals in providing psychosocial support
  • Skills for health professionals to provide psychosocial support

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all healthcare professionals who care for people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, both in their professional, and personal lives.






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When a child’s parent or guardian is diagnosed with cancer, the child’s life is profoundly changed. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explains why talking to children about cancer is important, and examines the role that health professionals can play in this dialogue.

Topics include:

  • Why talk to children about cancer?
  • How do children respond to a parent or guardian's cancer diagnosis?
  • Strategies for health professionals to talk about cancer with children

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all health professionals, but especially those working in oncology, paediatrics, child or adolescent mental health, maternal and child health, and primary care.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) identifies that with the expansion of palliative care in the community, there is a potential gap in the workforce of clinicians and carers that can provide competent quality palliative care services. Primary healthcare providers need to know how to provide advance care planning to people both in the community and within residential aged care facilities.

Topics include:

  • Advance care planning
  • Advance Care Directives (ACDs)
  • When and how to start the conversation
  • The palliative approach
  • Recognising the dying process
  • Using an end of life care plan

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all staff working in the aged care sector, both in the community and in residential aged care facilities. It is suitable as an introduction to the topic for nurses and to ensure that personal care staff have an awareness of its importance.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) reviews how nurses may assess an infant or child for pain and how to interpret manifestations of pain in infants and children. Skin appearance, renal function, and other assessment scales relating to paediatric care will also be reviewed.

Topics include:

  • Urine output
  • Urinalysis and urine specimens
  • Bruising and rashes
  • The physiological effects of pain

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses and midwives who routinely care for infants and children who may become unwell.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides basic information of common issues surrounding pre-travel departure and preparation. You are encouraged to seek further learning on this topic if you wish to undertake a broader comprehensive course in travel health.

Topics include:

  • Travel trends and statistics
  • Common diseases
  • Vulnerable travellers
  • Preparation of the travel health provider
  • Continuing education and resources
  • Documentation

Target audience:

This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is appropriate for those health professionals who are counselling patients about pre-travel health strategies, including registered nurses in areas such as paediatrics and general practice, as well as midwives and Nurse Practitioners.






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Aged Care - Assessment

Nutrition for Older People



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) examines the role that nutrition plays in healthy ageing, and reinforces the need for ongoing assessment of an older person's nutritional requirements. Questions such as "what should older people eat?" and "why is good nutrition important as we age?" are discussed.

Topics include:

  • Factors affecting an older person's nutrition
  • The physiological changes associated with ageing
  • Management strategies for older people with poor food intake
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Texture modified foodstuffs

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to health professionals working with older people in a variety of healthcare facilities, including respite and aged care homes, and acute, subacute and community settings.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) highlights the key components for assessing the cardiac and respiratory function of an infant or child. The clinical features of cardiac and respiratory dysfunction are also examined.

Topics include:

  • Respiratory rate and work of breathing
  • Chest auscultation
  • Oxygen saturation and hypoxia
  • Dehydration
  • Cardiac monitoring and electrocardiogram

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives caring for infants and children in acute, subacute, and rural and remote areas.






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Pain

Pain



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will provide an overview of the pathophysiology, types and signs and symptoms of pain, as well as what factors can influence pain, how to assess pain, and how pain differs in older adults and those with cognitive impairment.

Topics include:

  • Definition and pathophysiology of pain
  • Types of pain
  • Signs and symptoms of pain, and factors influencing pain
  • Pain assessment, including pain scales
  • Evaluating pain management

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all health professionals.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) reviews pharmacokinetic concepts related to how medicines act on the human body, as well as pharmacokinetic concepts that explore how the human body acts on medicines.

Topics include:

  • An overview of pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD)
  • The ADE (absorption, distribution and excretion) curve and the implications of the therapeutic range
  • A definition of bioavailability and its effects on medicine quality, brand substitution and the use of generic medications
  • How therapeutic medicine monitoring is used, how protein binding influences distribution, and how hepatic metabolic elimination and reabsorption occur
  • Methods of medicine elimination, including renal elimination, and factors that affect elimination and reabsorption
  • Multiple dose regimes, making reference to the definitions of peak and trough levels, loading dose and steady state
  • Pharmacogenomics (personalised medicine) and genetic variability in response to medicines
  • Pharmacokinetic medicine-medicine interactions

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, particularly RNs, medication-endorsed ENs and nurse practitioners working in a variety of specialities.






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Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients with advanced disease. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explores why this is the case and focuses on strategies to manage nausea and vomiting and maintain comfort of the individual.

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Nursing assessment of nausea and vomiting
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to reduce nausea and vomiting

Target audience:

Whilst this VLA will be of interest to all nurses, it will be of particular use to those nurses working in palliative care, aged care, and acute and community care settings.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will focus on high blood glucose levels in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which can have a catastrophic impact on the individual’s health requiring immediate hospital intervention.

Topics include:

  • Review of the pathogenesis of diabetes
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • Hyperglycaemic Hyperosmolar State (HHS)

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, and especially useful for credentialed diabetes educators.






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Constipation can cause significant pain and discomfort to the individual experiencing it and is one of the most common concerns for patients who are receiving palliative care. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) focuses on the assessment and management of constipation in palliative care so as to reduce discomfort and improve quality of life.

Topics include:

  • Causes and symptoms of constipation
  • Assessment of bowel function
  • Nursing management of constipation

Target audience:

Whilst this VLA will be of interest to all nurses it will be of particular use to those nurses working in palliative care, aged care, and acute and community care settings.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) focuses on the holistic assessment and appraisal of an infant or child, with an emphasis on the need to work alongside parents and/or caregivers, when carrying out this assessment. The importance of prioritising assessments, as well as how to assess the weight of a child in an emergency situation, is also explored.

Topics include:

  • Initial assessment
  • Developmental considerations when assessing children
  • 'A-B-C, Fluids-In, Fluids-Out'
  • Assessing a child's weight

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives caring for infants and children in all areas of practice.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) focuses on the management of an infant or child presenting with a fever.

 

Topics include:

  • Medications and fever
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Afebrile febrile convulsions

 

Target audience

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives who are involved in the care of febrile infants and children in many areas of professional practice.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) addresses the comprehensive assessment of a child presenting with a fever.

Topics include:

  • The pathophysiology of fever
  • The Paediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT)
  • 'A-B-C, Fluids-In, Fluids-Out'
  • Temperature measurement
  • Fever and serious illness

Target audience

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives who are involved in the care of infants and children in many areas of professional practice.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explores current issues surrounding the use of restraint in residential aged care settings.

Topics include:

  • Ethical and legal issues associated with the use of restraint
  • Challenging behaviours in residential aged care
  • Alternatives to the use of restraint

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses caring for older people, particularly nurses who work in residential aged care settings.






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Professional Development

Collaboration and Communication



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explains the role that collaboration amongst disciplines working in healthcare can play in producing positive patient outcomes and explores strategies to enable effective collaboration amongst these disciplines.

Topics include:

  • Patient-centred care
  • The benefits of collaboration
  • Enabling collaboration
  • The principles of good communication
  • Negotiation and conflict

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, across all areas of professional practice.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) covers the sensitive, yet important, topic of how to best manage urinary incontinence, both personally and in community settings such as the home and residential aged care facilities.

Topics include:

  • The management plan
  • Management strategies
  • Cognitive, behavioural and CALD considerations
  • Evaluation and review of the management plan

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurses and midwives at all levels of experience working across residential, primary, tertiary and community sectors.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) examines why many people may experience urinary incontinence across their lifespan, and how this symptom can be managed in order to reduce the impact it can have on the person experiencing it and those who care for them.

Topics include:

  • Overview
  • Pathophysiology and risk factors
  • Assessment
  • The different types of incontinence

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all nurses and midwives at all levels of experience, working across a variety of settings. Whilst this VLA may be of interest to all nurses and midwives, it may be particularly useful for nurses working in the following settings:

  • Continence
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Health
  • Wound Management
  • Women’s Health
  • Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Aged Care
  • Primary Care





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Using a holistic framework, this Video Learning Activity (VLA) explores the reasons why appropriate nutrition and hydration in palliative care is important. The broad nutritional needs of the person approaching end of life are addressed, and practical suggestions for how nurses can accurately assess and manage these needs are provided.

Topics include:

  • The role of nutrition in palliative care
  • Hydration and Nutritional assessment
  • Ethical dilemmas in palliative care
  • Signs and symptoms of imminent death

Target audience:

Whilst this VLA will be of interest to all nurses, it may be particularly useful for nurses working in the following settings:

  • Palliative care
  • Aged care
  • Community care
  • Acute care





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Wound Care

Pressure Injury



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed for all nurses working with patients who may be at risk, or currently have, a pressure injury. It will review risk identification and minimisation, assessment, and management of pressure injuries should they occur.

Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of pressure injury and identification of common risk factors
  • Measures that reduce the likelihood of pressure injury
  • How to manage pressure injury

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses working in a variety of healthcare settings who care for adults who may be at risk for, or have developed, a pressure injury.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed for nurses working in acute care, aged care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people requiring professional wound management.


Topics include:

  • Wound aetiology
  • Tissue identification
  • Patient and wound-related factors that will impact on wound cleansing
  • Common solutions used for wound cleansing
  • Demonstration of techniques, products and equipment

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses working in a variety of health care settings who deal with wounds and wound care on a regular basis.






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Aged Care - Assessment

Malnutrition in the Older Adult



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will educate you on malnutrition in our ageing population, and help you to identify risk factors for malnutrition and methods in which to identify potential members of our society who may be suffering from this condition. Research studies highlighting contributing factors and effects of malnutrition will also be presented in order to reinforce this growing concern in our community.


Topics include:

  • Risk factors for malnutrition
  • Methods to identify and measure malnutrition
  • Effects of malnutrition on health
  • Treatment and prevention of malnutrition


Target audience

This VLA is designed for nurses, carers and allied health professionals that work with older adults in acute care settings, residential aged-care facilities or in the community.






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Aged Care - Ethics

Exposing Elder Abuse



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) enables nurses to expose elder abuse and explore how it may manifest. Strategies to manage suspected elder abuse are also addressed.  

 

Topics include:

  • Defining elder abuse
  • Incidence and types
  • Warning signs and risk factors
  • Barriers to disclosure
  • Mandatory reporting

 

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses, across all areas of professional practice, particularly those nurses working with older people.  






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Gynaecology

Ectopic Pregnancy



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will be most beneficial for nurses and midwives who care for women in the reproductive years, who may experience an ectopic pregnancy. This activity will cover the clinical features and pathophysiology of ectopic pregnancy, as well as present practical nursing management information for the care of these women.

Topics include:

  • Incidence, aetiology and pathology of ectopic pregnancy
  • Treatment, management and counselling
  • Nursing management

Target audience

This activity is designed for nurses and midwives caring for women who are in their reproductive years.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will address the clinical significance and management of preeclampsia and it’s complications. A real-life case study will also be presented to reinforce the information presented in this activity.

 

Topics include:

  • An overview of preeclampsia
  • Management and mode of delivery
  • Midwifery management of preeclampsia

Target audience

This VLA is predominately designed for midwives, but may also be applicable to other health practitioners working in a setting whereby they may encounter a woman with preeclampsia.






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This Video Learning Activity explores the practical application of ethical principles to the everyday clinical environment by reviewing the internal and external ethical frameworks that give rise to the moral obligations of nurses, with a focus on the ethical reasoning that informs whistleblowing.

Topics include:

  • The internal and external ethical frameworks that give rise to the moral obligations of nurses
  • The ethical reasoning that informs whistleblowing
  • Moral courage and the nursing profession
  • The ethical reasoning that informs advocacy
  • Advocacy in practice and why nurses excel at speaking up for those in their care

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives in all areas of nursing and midwifery practice.






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Professional Development

Professional Wellbeing



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is for nurses and midwives to acknowledge the importance of professional wellbeing.

 

Topics include:

  • Work-life balance
  • Professional burnout
  • Personal plan for professional wellbeing

 

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for all nurses and midwives involved in delivering health care service, regardless of where that service is based.






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Aged Care - Mental Health

Delirium



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will update nurses on the syndrome of delirium in elderly patients. Delirium will be defined and explained, and nursing management will be discussed. Specific delirium screening tools will be presented in great detail, allowing nurses to better recognise the syndrome of delirium in elderly patients.

Topics include:

  • What is delirium?
  • Epidemiology
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Delirium management

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses who work with elderly people who may have delirium.






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Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

 

Topics include:

  • Assessment of mental health during the perinatal period
  • Specific mental health disorders
  • Treatment options

 

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.






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Cardiovascular

Venous Thromboembolism



In this Video Learning Activity (VLA) you will be provided with a comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in accordance with national guidelines.

Topics include:

  • The aetiology and epidemiology of VTEs
  • Pathophysiology
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Prophylaxis
  • Nursing assessment and management
  • Patient education

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses and midwifes in most areas, but those practising in the following fields may find it of particular relevance:

  • Acute care
  • Clinical medicine
  • Community
  • General medical practices
  • Emergency departments





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Wound Care

Compression Therapy



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is to assist nurses who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.

 

Topics include:

  • Applying compression therapy
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Patient education and compression therapy


Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses working in acute care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is to update nurses' knowledge on medicines and how to find and utilise the most up-to-date information.

Topics include:

  • Overview of medicine regulation in Australia
  • Easily accessible and reliable sources of information about medicines
  • Barriers to patient education and medicine compliance and the best way to convey information

Target audience:

This VLA is designed for nurses and midwives who routinely administer medicines.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) addresses the issues for effective rehabilitation that should include a coordinated multidisciplinary team approach that also involves the patient families and carers.

Topics include:

  • The effects of a stroke (short and long term)
  • Factors affecting discharge from hospital to home, to rehab. or to an aged care facility
  • Discharge planning

Target audience

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses working in acute hospitals, specialised rehabilitation units and in the community.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) focuses on the best-practice nursing care of patients with, or suspected of having a stroke.

Topics include:

  • What is stroke? How does stroke affect the brain?
  • Nursing assessment
  • Treatment during the first 24-48 hours post stroke
  • Preventative strategies

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses working in a variety of health care settings, particularly nurses working in:

  • Aged care
  • Acute care
  • Community health
  • General practice





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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs as a result of maternal substance abuse during pregnancy. This Video Learning Activity (VLA) describes the signs and symptoms of this syndrome as well as the midwifery and nursing management of infants born to mothers who are dependent on drugs of addiction.

Topics include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Assessment and management
  • Support for parents and families

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to midwives and neonatal nurses caring for infants born to mothers who have abused substances during pregnancy.






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Perinatal asphyxia is a major cause of mortality and neurodevelopmental disability in infants.
This Video Learning Activity (VLA) will assist you to provide best practice care of infants both with and at risk of developing this serious medical condition.

Topics include:

  • Identifying babies at risk of perinatal asphyxia
  • Resuscitation and the asphyxiated neonate
  • Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy versus Neonatal Encephalopathy
  • Recognition of neonatal seizures
  • Therapeutic hypothermia
  • Support for parents and families

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to midwives and nurses caring for newborn babies and their families. 






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Management and Leadership

Dealing With Unhelpful Staff Behaviour



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) explores the nature of unhelpful staff behaviours as it occurs in the healthcare setting and examines why this behaviour may arise. Strategies for the nurse or midwife manager to effectively deal with unhelpful behaviour are also identified.

 

Topics include:

  • Defining unhelpful staff behaviour in the healthcare context
  • Types of unhelpful staff behaviour
  • Strategies for dealing with unhelpful behaviour
  • Leadership modelling
  • Emotional Intelligence

 

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, particularly those in leadership and management positions.






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Management and Leadership

Counselling Your Staff



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) describes the complex nature of staff counselling. It provides an update on strategies to establish an effective counselling relationship.

 

Topics include:

  • The complexity of staff counselling
  • Confidentiality
  • Skills for effective staff counselling

 

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives involved in counselling staff in all areas of professional practice.






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Management and Leadership

Managing Relatives' Concerns



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) describes common concerns expressed by the relatives of individuals accessing healthcare services. Strategies for how to manage these concerns are explored.

 

Topics include:

  • Common concerns expressed by relatives
  • Factors that can heighten relatives' concerns
  • Strategies for managing relatives' concerns

 

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, especially nurse and midwife managers and leaders in addressing relatives' concerns.






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This Video Learning Activity reviews the importance of capacity and the role of the nurse in the 'social contract' between the health care team and those in their care.​ ​The concept of proxy decision making and substituted judgement will be explored in order to better understand the role of the nurse as an advocate for their patients.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the importance of capacity
  • The social contract between healthcare and those under their care
  • The role of proxy decision makers
  • Decisions made in the best interests of patients
  • Substituted judgement
  • Standards of pure autonomy

Target audience:

This VLA is relevant to nurses and midwives in all areas of professional practice as both the nursing and midwifery professions are committed to ethical decision-making and practice.






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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) provides a guide for the practical assistance for people who have experienced a catastrophic loss, and those who support them.

 

Topics include:

  • Ground rules for health professionals supporting those who are grieving
  • Strategies for supporting those in your care, and their families as they grieve
  • Supporting grief bought about by losses that do not involve a death
  • Strategies for looking after yourself

 

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to all nurses and midwives, in all areas of professional practice.






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Loss and Grief

Loss and Grief - Part One



This Video Learning Activity (VLA) reviews the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the experience of grief.

 

Topics include:

  • What is grief?
  • Facts and myths
  • Physical and psychological manifestations of grief
  • Two contemporary models of grief
  • When grief becomes complicated

 

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses and midwives in all areas of professional practice.






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In this Video Learning Activity (VLA) you will be provided with an overview of the basic interpretation of arterial blood gas results and their relationship to metabolic and respiratory abnormalities.

Topics include:

  • A review of the physiology of respiration
  • Normal arterial blood gas ranges and what they mean
  • How to obtain a blood gas sample
  • Metabolic abnormalities and their causes
  • Respiratory abnormalities and their causes

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses and midwifes in most areas, but those practising in the following fields may find it of particular relevance:

  • Acute care
  • Clinical medicine
  • General medical practices
  • Emergency departments





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