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Keeping Afloat in Perioperative Nursing
3-11  July 2020 | The South Pacific | 21 CPD Hours

Conference Program:

Perioperative nursing is a wonderful dynamic and challenging nursing speciality. It is a team sport where medical, nursing and ancillary staff are thrust together in a team environment. When this works well it is a masterpiece to behold, however, when personalities and unforeseen circumstances arise, it can be fraught with difficulties.

This conference is designed to look at evidence-based literature and a deeper understanding of the perioperative environment; explore some of the possible emergency situations perioperative nurses may face, and, provide knowledge to perform during these emergencies with confidence skill and know-how to deliver safer patient care.  

Perioperative nursing is not always taught in the undergraduate curricula thus the importance of post-registration education in this speciality area cannot be overestimated. This seminar will suit both novice and experienced perioperative nurses.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore and more deeply understand the perioperative environment and how this may impact on adverse events,
  • To provide evidence-based information about perioperative incidents from a case history perspective, and explore how we can prepare and prevent these occurrences,
  • To discuss and understand the physiology and treatment of some perioperative emergency situations
  • To come away feeling educated, empowered and realising that perioperative nurses are brilliant!

Our Presenter:

Dr Paula Foran

PhD., R.N., FACORN, FACPAN

Dr Paula Foran has a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education & Training awarded from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, a Master Degree in professional education and training and has received her PhD for her doctoral thesis, “The Value of Guided Operating Theatre Experience for Undergraduate Nurses”, undertaken at Deakin University.

Paula has a number of publications and book chapters to her credit, & has been a guest speaker, and presented Keynote presentations at National & International Conferences. Paula has been awarded the ‘Most Popular Presenter’ for her keynote address at the International Collaboration of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN) and the ICPAN conference in Cancun, Mexico.

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The Program:

DAY ONE: 3 July 2020 | Depart Sydney

1630

1830 – 1930

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

Conference Welcome and Registration Function | (Venue: 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.

Keynote Address by Mark Aitken
Consultant & Stakeholder Engagement Manager, R.N

DAY TWO: 4 July 2020 | At Sea | 6 CPD Hours

Preparing the crew for a harmonious and happy time.
Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on enhancing and developing the Nurses’ skills and knowledge relating to safety and the perioperative environment.

0900 – 1000

Professionalism in the Perioperative Environment | Face to Face

Teamwork is an integral part of perioperative nursing however several factors can impede this process having negative effects of patient safety whist in the OR.

The aim of this presentation is to openly discuss the difficult issues that can prevent the smooth running of an operating suite, disrupt communication and promote poor staff health and morale.

The presentation will provide a definition of professionalism, discuss language, confidentiality (phone, internet and social media), bitching, white anting, and setting people up to fail. Each issue will be followed by an appropriate solution to the problem.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1000 – 1100

Leadership in the operating suite | Face to Face

Effective leadership in perioperative nursing is vital to steer the ship on the correct and safe path. However, you do not have to be ‘in charge’ to be a leader. This presentation will discuss leadership theories and the impacts on perioperative practice.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1100 – 1200

Human Factors and situational awareness | Face to Face

‘Human factors’ may be defined as the environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety (Health and Safety Executive United Kingdom 2016).
‘Situational Awareness’ is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission (United states Coastguard 2016).

Recent studies indicate that the main cause (70%) of perioperative adverse events can be attributed to human factors and lack team members’ non-technical skills, such as; poor communication, poor teamwork, poor leadership, poor decision-making, and poor situational awareness (Green, Tsiroyannis & Brennan 2016).

These topics will be discussed in an effort to improve human factors, situational awareness and patient safety.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1200 – 1300

Perioperative Fatigue | Face to Face

Heavy workloads and in some cases ‘on call’ shifts all add to perioperative fatigue. Long working hours by staff pose the greatest threat to patient safety because fatigue, slows reaction time, diminishes attention to detail, decreases energy, and contributes to errors (American Society of Registered Nurses 2010). This presentation will describe the circumstances leading to fatigue, highlight the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses guideline on fatigue and aluminate the real cost of perioperative fatigue to both perioperative nurses and their patients.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1500 – 1700

Self-directed Learning Preparing for Day Two

In preparation for tomorrows presentation, please access and read YOUR OWN hospital policy on ‘the surgical count’ and the screening tool used in your hospital for Venous thromboembolism.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

DAY THREE: 5 July 2020 | At Sea | 6 CPD Hours

Preparing for a safe passage in rough seas
Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on possible complications that can arise and looking at prevention and management strategies.

0900 – 1000

Forgotten something? – Retained items | Face to Face

Whilst literature often refers to retained items as a ‘never event’ this occurrence still occurs.

This presentation will look at the prevalence of retained items, and the mechanisms that can be put in place to assist in prevention.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1000 – 1100

Perioperative Prevention & Management of Venous Thromboembolism  | Face to Face

The prevention and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is often at odds with hospital guidelines and practice (Hibbert et al. 2016). A recent CareTrack Australia study reported that appropriate care (in line with evidence-based or consensus-based guidelines) is only being provided for VTE in just over half of eligible encounters (Hibbert et al. 2016).

This presentation will present case histories revealing the real-life impact of VTE, look at how VTE formation occurs, and discuss preventative measures.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1100 – 1200

Perioperative Inadvertent Hypothermia | Face to Face

An alteration to a patient’s temperature seems like a simple problem however perioperative inadvertent hypothermia has very serious consequences if not detected and treated. This presentation will look at occurrence, consequences and treatment.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1200 – 1300

Case Histories from the Coroner informing our perioperative practice | Face to Face

This presentation will look at a published case history of incidents that have occurred in the perioperative environment with a view to learning in hindsight.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1500 – 1700

Self Directed Activity

In preparation for the next session on July 9, please access and read YOUR OWN hospital policy on ‘Management of Anaphylaxis’ and ‘Massive Blood Transfusion’

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

DAY Four: 6 July 2020 | Onshore Mare Island

Mare Island

On Mare, the cruise ship docks at Tadine Bay where you will be transported onto the island via tender boats.

You will be greeted with freshly picked palm leaves decorating the jetty and local women who sing traditional songs – a great way to provide us with a taste of their culture. Later on, there are traditional song and dance performed by local men and women.

DAY Five: 7 July 2020 | Onshore Noumea

Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea has various architectural styles with quaint wooden cottages existing alongside art deco properties from the 1930s and the cylindrical volumes and flat roofs of the sixties.

Take a stroll around New Caledonia’s oldest neighbourhood Faubourg Blanchot for colonial mansions and the districts of the Vallée du Tir and Vallée des Colons for simple wooden cottages and colonial homes adorned with pretty ironwork and flowering gardens of hibiscus and bougainvillea.

DAY SIX: 8 July 2020 | Onshore Isle of Pines

Isle of Pines

The Isle of Pines is a place to unwind. Here nobody rushes. The clocks run by island time. The bellies bulge from French-style cooking.

You won’t see many swaying coconut trees; instead strikingly tall pines blanket the island from tip to toe giving the impression of giant skeletal fingers reaching upwards towards the heavens.

The French connections and beauty of the Isle of Pines have made this New Caledonian island a heavenly stopover for cruise lovers.

DAY SEVEN: 9 July 2020 | At Sea | 5 CPD Hours 

‘Man the Lifeboats’; emergencies situation
Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on emergency situations that occur in the perioperative environment and looking at prevention and management for these unplanned occurrences.

0900 – 1000

Malignant Hyperthermia | Face to Face

Malignant Hyperthermia is an uncommon disorder of skeletal muscle, with autosomal dominant inheritance, involving abnormal skeletal muscle calcium metabolism (Chan et al. 2017). Rapid recognition, and management is required to treat and manage this life-threatening situation.

Definitions, underlying physiology and treatment will be presented.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1000 – 1100

Perioperative Anaphylaxis | Face to Face

Although infrequent, potentially catastrophic anaphylactic reactions may occur anytime during the perioperative period thus anaphylaxis continues to be a major concern for all perioperative staff.

The effective anticipation, prevention, and treatment of these reactions represent real challenges for all medical and nursing staff who must work in close cooperation during these events (Mertes & Florvaag 2016).

This presentation will explain the pathophysiology behind anaphylaxis and discuss current evidence-based practice for the treatment and management of this emergency situation.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1100 – 1200

CPR in the OR, a case history approach  | Face to Face

Cardiopulmonary arrest may occur at any stage of the perioperative journey. Whilst all nurses are trained in the basic life support and often also advanced life support, this presentation will offer specific understanding of this emergency occurrence and management in the OR by taking a case history approach.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1200 – 1300

Massive Blood Loss and Transfusion | Webinar

The potential for blood loss requiring massive blood transfusion is ever-present in the operating suite. This presentation will cover the requirements for massive blood therapy, storage lesion of blood and discuss the associated complications.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1500 – 1600

Review and Reflection | Self Directed

Spend this time reflecting on the information provided and your own clinical practice. Review the policy that direct procedures and guidelines within your own workplace. Document the issues that you will raise within the quality improvement framework of your organisation.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

DAY EIGHT: 10 July 2020 | At Sea | 4 CPD Hours 

0900 – 1200

Perioperative Trivia – what have we learnt! | Face to Face

A fun way to revise lessons learnt in a face passed trivia session.
Organise your team of 4 – 6 players and have your pens at the ready.

Putting it all together. Question and Answer session and review by Dr Foran

An opportunity to ask any further questions from the seminar learnings and to discuss how this education provided may be able to change practice on return to the perioperative environment.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

1200 – 1300

Review and Reflection | Self Directed

Spend this time reflecting on the information provided and your own clinical practice. Review the policy that direct procedures and guidelines within your own workplace. Document the issues that you will raise within the quality improvement framework of your organisation.

Dr Paula Foran

Presenter

Farewell Reception (Venue: TBA)

Take this opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues – safe travels home..

DAY NINE: 11 July 2020 | Arrive Sydney

Disembark Sydney – safe travels!

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION COST

$990.00

COSTS & INCLUSIONS

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
  • A Conference Presenter that is a recognised expert 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
  • 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.

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