Recognition and Clinical Assessment of the Deteriorating Patient

19 – 29 November 2019  | Cruising to PNG departing Brisbane

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Recognition and Clinical Assessment of the Deteriorating Patient

24 CPD Hours


Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the Conference information below. If you would like to secure your place or have any further questions please complete the enquiry form or call Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577.

In this Conference, we will explore the assessment of a patient with a variety of clinical disorders and conditions that include cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, and electrolyte imbalance. The teaching methodology will contain clinical scenarios that will assist the Nurse to recognise clinical deterioration and apply a critical thinking approach. The communication strategies to support patient assessment will also be investigated.

The teaching methodology will contain clinical scenarios that will assist the Nurse to recognise clinical deterioration and apply a critical thinking approach. The communication strategies to support patient assessment will also be investigated.

Assertion training is incorporated into the Conference content in recognition of this skill as a vital component of ensuring effective communication within the health care team.

Knowledge + Critical Thinking + Assertive Skills = Expert Nurse.

All three of these components will be explored in this conference framework.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the skills required to recognise and undertake clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient
  • Review a variety of clinical conditions relating to cardiac and respiratory disease, abdominal disorders, and electrolyte imbalance
  • Discover how to apply critical thinking via a scenario-based teaching approach
  • Gain the assertiveness skills required to enhance effective communication, and timely intervention, within the health care team

Our Presenter:

Anne Evans-Murray

Anne Evans-Murray, Registered Nurse; Registered Counsellor; Certificate 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training; Upgraded certificate 1V in Training and Assessment; Diploma of Counselling (Grief and Loss, Relationship Counselling); Bachelor of Health Science; Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary); Masters in Education (Curriculum Development); Graduate Certificate in Critical Care.

Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents,  but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University.

Conference Program:

The program content is provided by expert Educator with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive* accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

The Nurses for Nurses Network combines great education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

Below is a snapshot of the Conference Program, the full Program can be found further down this page.

day one:

19 Nov 2019 | Depart: Brisbane

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

Evening: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

day two:

20 Nov | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

Participate in a full day of CPD including:

  • Review of Normal Electrophysiology
  • Assessment of the patient with Atrial Fibrillation
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Cardiac Auscultation

day three:

21 Nov | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

Participate in a full day of CPD including:

  • Assessment of Chest Pain
  • Takotsubo Syndrome and Others
  • Endocarditis

day four:

22 Nov | Alotau | Optional Hosptial Tour

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

Spend the day exploring this stunning port of call at your leisure.

Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kitava is a small island off the main Trobiand Island of Kiriwina. Here life remains as it was thousands of years ago with very little external influence. The landing site is surrounded by stunning white sand beaches lined with natural shade-trees, just offshore lies the picture perfect sand atoll Nuratu Island. This truly is a slice of heaven.

day six:

24 Nov | Rabaul | Optional Hospital Tour

Located on Papua New Guinea’s north eastern 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 

Enjoy the day exploring this gorgeous 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

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. With spectacular reefs, palm trees and deep blue seas, the Conflict Islands are home to an incredible array of marine wildlife.

day nine:

27 Nov  | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

A Day Celebrating the Art and Skill of Communication – The Assertive Nurse

  • Recognition of the Work-place Bully and Managing Difficult Situations
  • Management of Difficult Situations

day TEN:

28 Nov  | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

Clinical Assessment of Respiratory, Abdominal, and Other Conditions

  • Recognition of Deterioration of a Patient with a Pericardial Effusion and Cardiac Tamponade
  • Respiratory Assessment
  • Electrolyte Imbalance and Others
  • Abdominal Assessment
  • Clinical Scenarios and Summary of Content

Evening: Farewell Reception 
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 ELEVEN:

    29 Nov  | Arrive Brisbane

    Arrive in Brisbane and disembark – safe travels!

      Conference Education Governance

      The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Education Governance Committee of the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). The NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses. They believe that the knowledge and skills of an individual Nurse has a huge impact on the success of a patient’s experience in the healthcare system and provide a range of education content to do just that. The education sessions are provided by and in consultation with subject experts with proven experience in their field of speciality.

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      Conference  Conveners

      Brad Bosward

      Sue Walker

      Jason Dawson

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      We have created an exclusive online Conference library website for our attendees to access prior to the commencement of the Conference. The online library is provided to you so that you can create your own Conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

      Library Content Includes:

      • Recorded webinars
      • Self-directed learning activities and
      • Other supporting documents for the face to face presentations

      This page will be available to you as an attendee from 4 weeks before we set sail and for 2 weeks post the Conference, should you want to refresh your knowledge.


      Can I bring the family?

      Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your CPD Travel adventure. Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid's club program.  Simply talk to the Team at Education at Sea, they can organise all your and your travelling companion's travel arrangements. Contact the Team at Education at Sea.

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      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
      • 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 satchel 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
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