An introduction to incorporating child play as a communication tool into healthcare The Mexican Riviera | Oct/Nov 2019

Phone: 07 4153 4215
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Phone: 02 6674 2577
Email: [email protected]

Building Rapport with Children

The focus of the Conference is developing your clinical play skills to effectively communicate and interact with children in your care, so that the children and their parents feel less anxious and more confident in the provision of their individualised health care plan.

All Nurses see paediatric clients at some time and no matter what area of Nursing you work in (e.g. Acute Care, A&E, ICU, Theatre, Medical Imaging or Paediatrics) you are going to come across children who are unable or unwilling to communicate like an adult patient can.

Building Rapport with Children Conference 2019

18 CPD Hours 27 Oct to 5 Nov, 2019

This CPD Travel Conference is brought to you in partnership with Education at Sea. The focus of the Conference is developing your clinical play skills to effectively communicate and interact with children in your care, so that the children and their parents feel less anxious and more confident in the provision of their individualised health care plan.

All Nurses see paediatric clients at some time and no matter what area of Nursing you work in (e.g. Acute Care, A&E, ICU, Theatre, Medical Imaging or Paediatrics) you are going to come across children who are unable or unwilling to communicate like an adult patient can.

If you can learn to talk and play, then you exponentially increase your literacy skills so you can communicate to children and adults in creative, playful yet effective ways.
To do this you will need to learn about how children develop sequentially and holistically.

This Conference provides attendees 18 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The venue for the Conference is the Norwegian Bliss, a most fabulous Conference venue where you can explore key destinations along the Mexican Riviera outside the Conference program hours.

Conference Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of psychosocial and play development of children
  • Identify, describe and practice the main therapeutic skills to engage children
  • Demonstrate how to apply therapeutic skills to facilitate supporting children through positioning, procedural education, and distraction
  • Learn to communicate through play using toys, puppet, and other creative media


The program content is provided by expert Nurse Educators 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 Nursing 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: 27 October 2019 | Embark - Los Angeles, California | 1600

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

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

DAY TWO: 28 October 2019 | At Sea

Session One: Early childhood attachment | CPD: 1hr
The first relationships of an infant’s life provides a blueprint for bonding and subsequent attachment relationships. It is important to understand and recognise attachment behaviours as coping strategies because these are key in understanding how the child may avoid or seek information and interactions. This webinar provides an overview of the historical development of attachment theory and integrates current knowledge in working with a range of childhood attachment behaviours.

Session Two: Review psychosocial and play development | CPD: 2hrs
Understanding the ages and stages of childhood and play enables the Nurse to tailor care and interactions according to the child’s developmental abilities. In this session, we will review the general stages of psychosocial and play development for children from birth to adolescents. Practical examples will be offered and linked to significant developmental stages.

Session Three: Pre-reading Play | CPD: 1hr
You will be provided with pre-reading material and videos that explore the elements of play, that are required to be completed before the next afternoon session.

Session Four: Explore the concept of play | CPD: 2hrs
During this session, we will identify what is play (and what is not) and discover the categories of play and how play becomes therapeutic and used in ways that empower the child. During this session, there will be facilitated activities to watch videos and deconstruct children at play.

DAY THREE: 29 October 2019 | At Sea

Session One: Introduction to therapeutic play skills | CPD: 1hr
This webinar identifies and describes a range of therapeutic play skills suitable for working with children in health care settings. It is an important preparation for Session Two.

Session Two: Interactive experiential putting play skills into action | CPD: 2hrs
This session builds on the webinar ‘Introduction to therapeutic play skills’ where you will practice setting the conditions and practice using five different therapeutic play skills. Through the use of clinical scenarios and case studies, you will be given the opportunity to practise these skills through role play.

Session Three: Why procedural preparation is so important | CPD: 1hr
This webinar makes a case for procedural preparation and how incorporating it into your care can improve patient readiness, reduce anxiety and actually save time in the longer term. It is preparatory for Session Four.

Session Four: Preparing children for procedures | CPD: 2hrs
A large part of the Nurse’s role is preparing the child and their family for potential scary and or painful procedures. The use of comfort positioning and distraction techniques are paramount to the success of many medical procedures. In this session, you will learn how to adequately prepare a child for a range of procedures using age-appropriate language. You will also learn how to tailor a comfort position according to each individual’s needs and select methods of distraction to align their developmental stage.


DAY FOUR: 30 October 2019 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | 0900 - 1800

Smaller and more subdued than Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta has retained a good deal of its small village charm along with 26 miles of spectacular beaches along the Banderas Bay. Stroll the cobblestone streets to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Or peruse the many local wares for sale at the open-air markets.

Evening: Conference Open Forum
Meet with the Conference Conveners, Presenters and other delegates to reflect on the events of the day and discuss Nursing issues surrounding the paediatric care.

DAY FIVE: 31 October 2019 | Mazatlan, Mexico | 0800 - 1700

Combine a first-class beach resort with a city with an illustrious, colonial past and you’ve got Mazatlan. Sip on some Margaritas and enjoy the authentic Mexican cuisine. Take a drive along the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Then visit the many shops offering local crafts.

Evening: Conference Open Forum
Meet with the Conference Conveners, Presenters and other delegates to reflect on the events of the day and discuss Nursing issues surrounding the paediatric care.

DAY SIX: 1 November 2019 | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | 0700 - 1500

Cabo’s signature landmark is El Arco (“The Arch”), a rock formation at the tip of “Land’s End.” The jewel of the Baja Peninsula is famous for its world-class sportfishing, as well as its high-end resorts and exclusive gated communities that line an area simply called “the Corridor.”

1800-1900: Conference Session – Trivia Night | Venue: TBA
Come and join us and test your paediatric knowledge in a friendly and collegial environment.

DAY SEVEN: 2 November 2019 | At Sea

Session One: Bedside play spaces for children | CPD: 2hrs
With play being an important aspect of a child’s life and a great stress relief for a child, it is important that play is encouraged within the clinical setting. By thinking purposefully about the child’s bed space, therapeutic play can be encouraged lending to a deeper, more informed healthcare experience.

Session Two: Create and personalise a puppet to use in your clinical setting | CPD: 3hrs
Puppets can provide a rich play experience for the child in the healthcare setting. They can be used to help throughout all stages of the healthcare system from preparation to closing of a healthcare interaction. In this session, you will design and make your own puppet to take home with you to your clinical setting and practice using your puppet to facilitate playful communication between the puppet and your patient.

Session Three: Conference Wrap up and Q&A | CPD: 1hr

Evening: 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 EIGHT: 3 November 2019 | DISEMBARK Los Angeles, California | 0800

Disembark the ship – 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.

Click here to find out more about the NCI Education Governance Committee>>


The Norwegian Bliss

Custom-built for the spectacular, Norwegian Bliss features a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to soak in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to dolphins splashing through warm turquoise waters.

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Relax in lively style and smart sophistication. Our modern inside staterooms are highlighted with appointments like a TV, sitting area and more.

All you have to do is unpack and relax. Your room steward will clean and tidy your room every day all you need to do is get dressed, grab your bag and start your adventure.

Dining Options

Freestyle Dining - There's no better way to sum up Freestyle Dining: Eat whatever you want, whenever you want, with whomever you want. No dinner bells. No dress code. And no sitting with strangers (unless you want to). With at least 16 restaurants and dining options on every ship, Norwegian has the perfect menu and location for whatever mood you're in.

Relax and Unwind

Enjoy some much-needed relaxation - Start with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 specialty treatments offered by our well-trained massage therapists. Then unwind in the Thermal Suite with a steam or a dip in the Vitality Pool. Within these tranquil walls, experience the Salt Room, a dramatic grotto surrounded with layers of body-cleansing salt crystals.

Take in a Stage Show

Top off spectacular days with legendary nights aboard Norwegian Bliss. Spend an evening in a swinging speakeasy on the eve of Prohibition. Perfect your dance moves and clear your pipes as you go on an incredible audible journey with The Four Seasons in a Tony Award®-winning musical.


Dr Judi Parson

Dr Judi Parson is a paediatric qualified Registered Nurse, Play Therapist / Supervisor, Senior Lecturer in Play Therapy and Course Director for the Graduate Certificate / Diploma of Therapeutic Child Play and Master of Child Play Therapy courses at Deakin University.

Her PhD titled “Integration of procedural play for children undergoing Cystic Fibrosis treatment: A nursing perspective” led her to study Play Therapy, through the School of Psychology at Roehampton University, London, U.K. Judi is actively involved in the development of play therapy in Australia and she does this through maintaining a small clinical load as well as by engaging in a range of research projects in relation to paediatrics and play therapy, and also provides clinical supervision as well as research supervision to candidates in the field of paediatrics and play therapy. Judi has authored a number of international peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Brooke Batchelor

Brooke Batchelor is a Paediatric Registered Nurse, Primary Teacher, Parent Coach & student Play Therapist. She currently works at The Townsville Hospital while contributing to her website, ‘The Paed(iatric) Nurse’ on a regular basis. Brooke started ‘The Paed(iatric) Nurse’ in the hope of helping parents and nurses navigate their way through paediatric care more confidently.

The well-being of children in healthcare is her main passion and as a result, she currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Well-being of Children in Healthcare, Australia. When she is not nursing or blogging, she is spending quality time with her husband and 2 daughters or enjoying a yoga session with some meditation thrown in. Recently she bought a caravan and hopes to one day live in it with her small family while travelling Australia.

CONFERENCE convenors

Brad Bosward

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Cheryl Dezotti

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Jason Dawson

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Sue Walker

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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 webinar
  • 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 Travel CPD 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. Call the Team on 02 6674 2577 or send an email to [email protected].

What if I need kid-free time?

If you only want to mix with adults most ships have an adults only area with entry only available to people over the age of 18. Guests will jump for joy upon discovering this private retreat where they can connect with the ocean – and disconnect from everything else. 

Can You give me some tips of Cruising?

We sure can……whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship out Ultimate Guide to Cruising is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure.

Costs & Inclusions

  • 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 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

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.

Registration Cost

$990.00 (incl GST)

Conference registration and deposits are being handled by our Conference Partner – Education at Sea.

This is a fabulous program – to secure your place at this Conference you need to contact Education at Sea to find out about all the cabin options available.

Once you have paid your deposit, your registration is confirmed and you can start planning your Conference getaway.

Please note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.

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