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Workplace Wellness Conference:

How to Nurse Your Sick Workplace Back to Being Truly GREaT

3-11  July 2020 | The South Pacific | 24 CPD Hours

Conference Program:

Now, from the outset, let me say this: if you think because you’re not a nurse manager, you can’t nurse your culture back to good health, then frankly, that’s like saying the only person responsible for delivering great patient outcomes is the doctor.   Patient outcomes rely on every single member of the multidisciplinary team: and I mean from the consultant physician to the ward cleaner.  We all have a part to play.  If one jigsaw piece falls out, then those optimal patient outcomes simply cannot be delivered. 

Culture is exactly the same.  They say stress won’t kill you, but your reaction to it will.  Workplace stress is considered the number one performance killer in organisations: $125 billion is spent annually in Australia for poor wellbeing of workers who are stressed and struggling.  During this conference, I promise two things.  One: I’m going to reorient your perceptions about the profound impact you can truly have in curing toxic workplaces.  After all, there’s nothing more disillusioning than feeling powerless in a place where you probably spend a considerable amount of your time.  Two: I’m going to give you a 4-step strategy to nursing your workplace back to good health: I call it Code GREaT.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the core elements to workplace stress and poor organisation culture
  • Analyse the potential opportunities for cognitively restructuring our mindset towards our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous healthcare industry
  • Adapt multiple strategies to deliver a meaningful contribution to nursing our sick workplace cultures back to good health
  • Execute on an action plan to deliver on key deliverables, including improving your workplace culture, re-evaluating how to see individuals and reducing your workplace-related stress

Our Presenter:

Nicole Nash-Arnold

Nicole Nash-Arnold is a Nurse educator and facilitator who helps transform accomplished clinical Nurses into empowered and respected leaders.

She shares her 15 years of experience in senior and executive health leadership roles to germinate great leaders: whether that’s leading a team of fellow Nurses on night duty or senior Nursing executives. 

Nicole has over 10 years’ experience in the theatre, many years in education and post-graduate qualifications in Nursing.

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The Program:

DAY ONE: 3 July 2020 | Depart Sydney


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

Part 1: Galvanise

1000 – 1200

Session 1 Whole Brain Thinking Model | Self Directed

Whole Brain Thinking Model – the neuroscience of how nurses think. We embrace generational diversity, cultural diversity, gender diversity: now, it’s time for our workplaces, and therefore us as individuals, to embrace cognitive diversity.  We’re on a fact-finding mission right now to define what we want for (and from!) our workplaces, and we start with understanding how people think differently and the banquet of perspectives, however irritatingly, that each of them bring.

Your task prior to commencing Session 2 is to know your own thinking preference. I’ll take it from there.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1400 – 1700

Session 2 Emotional Intelligence  | Face to Face

Emotional Intelligence – how inclusive are we, really, as teams?

This session introduces you to psychological concepts that are cancers in our workplaces that are alive, well and, tragically, metastasising. Gain an understanding of our roadblocks to being truly great – it is no different to understanding our patients’ diagnoses. Problem-based nursing means we can navigate a future for them back to wellness. Problem-based workplace nursing gives us an opportunity where we can navigate a future back to workplace greatness.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1700 – 1800

Session 3 Reflection Task   | Self Directed

Emotional Intelligence – how inclusive are we, really, as teams?

This session introduces you to psychological concepts that are cancers in our workplaces that are alive, well and, tragically, metastasising. Gain an understanding of our roadblocks to being truly great – it is no different to understanding our patients’ diagnoses. Problem-based nursing means we can navigate a future for them back to wellness. Problem-based workplace nursing gives us an opportunity where we can navigate a future back to workplace greatness.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


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

Part 2: Realise

1000 – 1200

Session 1 Tribal Leadership   | Self Directed

Tribal Leadership eBook – yes, it’s a leadership book, but you don’t need to be a nurse leader to have some incredible insights into what has been going wrong in your workplaces by understanding the 5 stages of Tribal Leadership.

Your mission: what stage is your workplace? Come to the Conference with a prediction of where your team is at.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1400 – 1700

Session 2 Psychological Safety   | Face to Face

This session brings awareness of how forgiveness, vulnerability & empathy will cure our cultures in our “VUCA” world.

The process of “Realise” is to challenge our preconceived biases and take a cold, hard look at our worlds. Sometimes that will bring about some a-ha moments of where the problems we see in our cultures are real, some are perceived and some are truly wicked problems that need urgent attention.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1700 – 1800

Session 3 Evaluation Tasks   | Self Directed

Take some time out with my Cultural Assessment Audit Tool and consider your clinical units, how they’re impacted by the VUCA principle, as well as how psychologically safe your environments are.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


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 | 6 CPD Hours 

Part 3: Evaluate

1000 – 1200

Session 1 A Review So Far   | Self Directed

4 TED talks that will inspire you to love change, that consolidate what we’ve covered so far about galvanising our mindset, being vulnerable, who we are as nurses and embracing wicked problems.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1400 – 1700

Session 2 Coaching & the Ripple Effect  | Face to Face

Evaluation is about narrowing in on the “How-To” of nursing our cultures back to good health.

One instrumental way that we do that is coaching. Using the Whole Brain Thinking Method and understand how each individual nurse thinks, we embrace their strengths, allow them to be vulnerable about their weaknesses and deliver them to greatness.

This session introduces you to the power of giving and the profound impact it will have on your workplace culture.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1700 – 1800

Session 3 Evaluate Your Strengths  | Self Directed

Evaluating our own individual strengths is a powerful way to embrace our gold, revitalising our contribution to this career of ours, and inspiring those around us: all essential components to a truly GREaT nursing culture.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


DAY EIGHT: 10 July 2020 | At Sea | 6 CPD Hours 

Part 4: Transition

1000 – 1200

Session 1 Set collaborating ablaze  | Self Directed

Using the Whole Brain Thinking Model, you will discover how to truly collaborate with your nursing colleagues in a way you always thought was possible – and I mean, “ Call the Midwife” type collaboration.

This is all about empowering our team with clinical decision making + problem-solving.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1300 – 1500

Session 2 Taming the Psychos  | Face to Face

This session will reveal how to use neuroscience to have clever conversations, not chemical conversations.

It’s about how to make conflict great again, and not passive-aggressive corridor conversations with a clique, or quiet talking in front of the Controlled Drug Cabinet. This is about how to have conflict that is productive and brilliant, not nasty and harassing.

Nicole Nash-Arnold


1500 – 1700

Session 3 Ride the Change Curve | Face to Face

As you transition to this new way of thinking about your contribution, you’ve got to ride the curve.

The Change Curve: a psychological phenomenon where change goes to die if you don’t ride it correctly.


Nicole Nash-Arnold


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!




  • 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.

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.