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THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE

19-29 November 2019 | PNG | 24 CPD Hours

Conference Program:

In this conference, we will explore the key legal concepts that impact Nursing practice and gain the knowledge and skill to make effective decisions for patient and staff safety with confidence.

Dr Pam Savage has a formidable reputation, as a Registered Nurse and Barrister, in her ability to translate the legal ramifications of health service delivery to the practical application in the Nursing setting.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess how the legal system influences the provision of health services and professional practice in Australia through health care legislation and common law.
  • Analyse aspects of health practice and policy from an ethical and legal standpoint.
  • Discuss how various laws, professional standards, and legislative requirements are incorporated into daily nursing practice.
  • Apply legal and professional standards to situations in order to make safe and effective decisions for safe practice

Our Presenter:

DR PAM SAVAGE

R.N., Dip N (Lon), BA, MHPEd, Dip Law, EdDoc, MACN

Pam has an extensive background in clinical Nursing, education, and remote area Nursing both in Australia and overseas. As a Lawyer and Clinician, this background is brought to her role as adjunct Lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Aboriginal Health Workers.

Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author and her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition.

A major focus of her current work has been designing undergraduate and postgraduate law courses for Nurses and community health workers.  As a regular contributor to the Nurses for Nurses Network, her blogs and webinars address issues of professional and legal governance that have relevance to Nurses working in many environments.

The Program:

DAY ONE: 19 NOV | DEPART: BRISBANE

Conference Welcome and Registration Function

Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the “setting sail” festivities as we say farewell to port.

Evening (Venue and Time: TBA): Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function. All delegates are required to attend the conference registration session in order to collect their conference pack & confirm registration details to ensure the correct issuing of their CPD certificate.

DAY TWO: 20 NOV | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HOURS

0930 – 1030

What are the key areas of Law that can affect Nurses? | Face to Face

This session will define and explain common law, civil law, criminal law, statute law, coronial inquiries, employment law and professional indemnity insurance. Discussion will address how and when these might give rise to actions against a Nurse.

Dr Pam Savage

1100 – 1200

Why we need to Understand the Tort of Negligence | Face to Face

Negligence has over the last two decades broadened to include claims of damage that were once outside the realms of the common law. At its core, the approach to determining if there is a case in negligence are the elements of negligence. This session will explain these concepts and discuss how, in practice the Nurse can use them in assessing a situation that carries risks.

Dr Pam Savage

1330 – 1500

Applying Concepts of Negligence to real-world Experiences | Face to Face

This is an interactive session where the conference delegates can relate their own practice situations and explore how these might be interpreted against elements of negligence. Legal cases will be examined.

Dr Pam Savage

1530 – 1630

1630 – 1700

Consent | Face to Face

Every Nurse believes they adhere to the rules but the law on consent is evolving and the obligations on health professionals have become broader and expectations about the informed consent have become higher.

Review and Question Session | Face to Face

Dr Pam Savage

DAY THREE: 21 NOV | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HOURS

 

0830 – 0930

Fraudulent and Criminal Nursing Actions | Face to Face

What makes something a crime and how both the legal and professional bodies respond to and sanction such behaviours will be discussed. We will consider the various legal regulatory strategies which may be used to control such conduct with a view to matching appropriate strategies with the various forms of dishonest conduct which may take place.

Dr Pam Savage

0930 – 1030

What are the legal, cultural requirements and Nursing
Responsibilities after a Death? 
| Face to Face

For many Nurses it has been a long time since they were taught the procedures of caring for the deceased client. Over time the protocols for preparation have altered in line with requirements for autopsy, coronial and police investigations.

Dr Pam Savage

1100 – 1200

Scope of Practice | Face to Face

This session aims to clarify the professional and legal interpretation of Scope of Practice to ensure, as clinicians, we have the capacity to judge and relate real world situations to these boundaries and understand the consequences of failing to work within them.

Dr Pam Savage

1400 – 1530

Coronial Inquiries and Investigations | Face to Face

Perennial anxiety for Nurses is being called to provide information or be a witness at a Coroner’s Inquest. The procedures and expectations of the system will be explained and the responsibilities of health professionals who may be involved will be discussed.

Dr Pam Savage

1530 – 1630

1630 – 1700

Professional Boundaries  and Boundary Crossings | Face to Face

This session will explore the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses and the concept of professional boundaries. Recognising just what constitutes transgressions and likely professional consequences will be the main focus.

Review and Question Session | Face to Face

Dr Pam Savage

DAY FOUR: 22 NOV | ALOTAU

Alotau – Optional CPD Tour Available | CPD: 3hrs
(Contact Education at Sea for more details including price)

The Capital of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Alotau is steeped in history, rich in culture and blessed with natural beauty.

Join us on a tour of the local hospital where we will tour the facility with our Nursing colleagues and discuss the delivery of Nursing services reviewing the similarities and differences – this is an opportunity to learn from each other.

DAY FIVE: 23 NOV | KITAVA

Kitava

Enjoy this day to explore this port of call at your leisure. Blessed with natural beauty but plagued with an unlucky past – has literally risen from the ashes.

Evening: Book Signing
Join us for a coffee, to discuss with Sharon the Dermatology Nursing Practice Book she is publishing.

DAY SIX: 24 NOV | RABAUL

Rabaul – Optional CPD Tour Available |  CPD: 1hr
(Contact Education at Sea for more details including price)

Located on Papua New Guinea’s northeastern tip, this province – blessed with natural beauty but plagued with an unlucky past – has literally risen from the ashes.

Join us on a tour of the local hospital where we will tour the facility with our Nursing colleagues and discuss the delivery of Nursing services reviewing the similarities and differences – this is an opportunity to learn from each other.

DAY SEVEN: 25 NOV | KIRIWINA ISLAND

Kiriwina Island 

Spend the day exploring this stunning port of call. Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kiriwina is the largest and by far the most populous of the Trobriand Islands, and home to one of the most colourful and fascinating cultures on earth.

DAY EIGHT: 26 NOV | CONFLICT ISLANDS

Conflict Islands 

Today’s stop gives you the opportunity to experience untouched natural beauty. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is paradise in the Coral Sea! The Conflict Islands are made up of 21 untouched islands in Papua New Guinea.

DAY NINE: 27 NOV | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HOURS

0830 – 0930

Legal Cases that Challenge Nursing | Face to Face

There are few cases but those that directly affected Nursing policies, Nursing education and Nursing practice are worth examining. Documentation, medication administration, discharge planning and management responsibilities will be among the issues raised.

Dr Pam Savage

0930 – 1030

Risk Management, Incident Reports and Defensive
Documentation 
| Face to Face

The need for investigation into incidents is accepted. How to structure an
incident report and the potential use of this document in legal proceedings has
been controversial at times. However, these documents are used by lawyers so
professional responsibility for generating these needs to be understood.

Dr Pam Savage

1100 – 1200

Good Samaritan Law | Face to Face

The duty to rescue and obligations on the professional faced with an emergency
cause anxiety and the fear of negative outcomes leading to legal liability inhibit
and dismay. This session will discuss the legal and professional obligations and
explore the law in relation to rescuers and the injured.

Dr Pam Savage

1400 – 1530

The most Common Nursing Errors | Face to Face

While not all errors have legal consequences we all work hard to avoid
mistakes. Research has shown not only the most likely errors but the
circumstances that in real world situations give rise to them.

Dr Pam Savage

1530 – 1630

1630 – 1700

Professional Malpractice, Professional Misconduct,
Unsatisfactory Conduct | Face to Face

This session will explore the law that governs Nurses, the systems that lead to
investigations and the meaning of these labels. Cases and tribunal findings will
be used to explore findings of negligence and conduct that have led to sanctions
and penalties against Nurses.

Review and Question Session | Face to Face

Dr Pam Savage

DAY TEN: 28 NOV | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HOURS

0830 – 0930

Dealing with Complaints | Face to Face

We are all familiar with conflict situations and aware if poorly handled these can move into legal and professional minefields. Strategies to defuse and respond to conflict are often learnt “on the job” but difficult situations are the norm for Nurses and understanding how our communication and approaches can resolve and avoid further actions can be valuable.

Dr Pam Savage

0930 – 1030

Behaviours that Open the way for Tort Actions | Face to Face

Habits of practice and habits of Nursing communication can underpin accusations of bullying, defamation, slander and libel. Issues of confidentiality and trespass to a person are minefields in practice. Examples from the workplace will be used to guide discussion.

Dr Pam Savage

1100 – 1200

Confusing Situations | Face to Face

Legislation and social attitudes are constantly changing. The rules governing certification of death, organ donation, chemical and physical restraints are some of the areas that can arise in our clinical situations and cause anxiety.

Dr Pam Savage

1400 – 1530

Voluntary and Involuntary Admission | Face to Face

Legislation dictates just when and how consumers are admitted for mental health services. The rights of the client are paramount considerations but are often overlooked in general health services.

Dr Pam Savage

1530 – 1630

 

1630 – 1700

Oh no, not another Student to Supervise! | Face to Face

Many Nurses fear the consequences of student errors and their capacity to delegate and manage student work. The rules governing responsibility and risks are the focus of this session.

Bringing it all together with Final Questions | Face to Face

Dr Pam Savage

Time and Venue: TBA Conference Farewell Reception

 

Tonight we say our final goodbyes to new friends as we enjoy a farewell function.

 

DAY ELEVEN: 29 NOV  | ARRIVE: BRISBANE

 

Today we depart Brisbane– safe travels!

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION COST

$890

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INCLUDES: 

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice information
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
  • Conference Presenters that are recognised experts in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
  • An online Conference library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
  • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other
  • Conference Attendees and network with Conference Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
  • Editable electronic note pages that can be downloaded to your device of choice
  • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard (this is important on a cruise ship to attach your room key which becomes your lifeline on a ship) and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • The opportunity to meet as a group in various Conference open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
  • A complimentary Farewell Drinks and Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis, session presenter, and CPD allocation
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
  • A dedicated Conference cruise desk open daily to address any questions and provide information as required

What’s not Included:

  • Travel Costs
  • Cabin Costs
  • Travel Insurance

What you don’t have to worry about:

  • Housework
  • Cooking Meals
  • The Boss

The Nurses for Nurses Network strongly recommends customers take out travel insurance at the time of registration for an event, to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent them attending and thus incur any financial loss.

Disclaimer:  The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfNN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

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