The Transforming Role of the Perioperative Nurse

27 October – 3 November 2019
Cruising the Mexican Riviera departing Los Angeles

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

The Transforming Role of the Perioperative Nurse

18 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.

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 seminar is designed to look at evidence-based literature and to enable Nurses to develop 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 the confidence skill & 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 specialty area cannot be overestimated. This seminar will suit both novice and experienced perioperative Nurses.

Learning Outcomes

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

Our Presenters:

Dr Paula Foran


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) in Sydney 2017 and now will present at the next ICPAN conference in Cancun, Mexico, directly after this cruise, in November 2019.

Ken Hambrecht

RN, ICU Cert., B.Sc, (Physiology & Biochem.), M.I.Biol, M.Ed., J.P. MACN

Ken Hambrecht, RN, ICU Cert., B.Sc, (Physiology and Biochem.), M.I.Biol, M.Ed., J.P. MACN, has extensive experience in the area of Critical Care practice and education. Ken has had more than 20 years of experience Co-ordinating and teaching in Critical Care Courses and involvement in Medical Education.

Ken is a past President of the Victorian Branch of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) and has also been a National Executive member of CACCN. Ken is a member of many state and national committees and has many publications to his credit in the areas of respiratory and cardiac medicine, pulse oximetry, professional development, and CPR.

Conference Program:

The program content is provided by expert 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  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 Oct | Los Angeles | Depart

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

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

day two:

28 Oct | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

Preparing the Crew for a Harmonious and Happy “Cruise”

Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on enhancing and developing the Nurses’ skills and knowledge relating to safety and the perioperative environment.

Topics that will be covered today include:

  • Professionalism in the Perioperative Environment
  • Leadership in the Operating Suite
  • Human Factors and Situational Awareness
  • Perioperative Fatigue

day three:

29 Oct | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

Preparing the Crew 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.

  • Forgotten something? – Retained items
  • Perioperative Prevention & Management of Venous Thromboembolism
  • Perioperative Inadvertent Hypothermia
  • Case Histories from the Coroner informing our Perioperative Practice
  • Management of Anaphylaxis and Massive Blood Transfusion

day four:

30 Oct | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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.

day five:

31 Oct | Mazatlan, Mexico

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.

day six:

1 Nov | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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.”

day seven:

2 Nov | At Sea | CPD: 6 hours

‘Man the Lifeboats’: Emergencies Situation at Sea

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.

  • Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Perioperative Anaphylaxis
  • CPR in the OR: A Case History Approach
  • Massive Transfusion Therapy
  • Putting it all Together

day eight:

3 Nov | Los Angeles, California

Arrive, Los Angeles.

Farewell and 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.

Find out more about the NCI Education Governance Committee>>

Conference  Conveners

Brad Bosward

Sue Walker

Jason Dawson

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The Venue:

The Norwegian Bliss

Imagine Bliss. That’s what you’ll experience when you are attending this Conference on NCL’s newest and most incredible ship, 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. Come aboard and experience the best dining, entertainment, and amenities at sea against a backdrop of unrivaled natural beauty. Whether you choose to go tropical or a little wild, there’s one word to describe the experiences awaiting you on Norwegian’s newest ship: Bliss.

Let’s talk about your accommodation

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:

Or you might prefer a movie, a night club, or trying your luck at the casino. There are fabulous entertainment options available on the Pacific Aria for you to explore outside the Conference sessions.

Our Sponsors


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Look what others have said…

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Online Library and Information Bank

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.

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 on 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.

Can you organise for me to share a room with someone?

We can't promise - but we can pop your name on a waiting list and if another person asks the same question we can put you in contact with each other and you can decide if you are both compatible to share a cabin.

Contact the fabulous people at Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577 for more information.

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

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. 

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

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