30 August 2018: Cruising Towards Nursing Excellence

Carnival Spirit

30 August – 7 September 2018

8 nights from Sydney to the South Pacific

Cruise to the South Pacific on board Carnival Spirit for 8 fabulous nights while participating in our  ‘Cruising Towards Nursing Excellence’ conference, proudly presented by Empower Nurse Education. This educational cruise departs Sydney on 30 August 2018 and visits colourful Noumea, beautiful Isle of Pines and idyllic Maré. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the ports, enjoy the onboard entertainment and you can also bring your family and friends!

Isle of Pines

CRUISING TOWARDS NURSING EXCELLENCE

This conference comprises of 20 relevant topics for nurses, presented over 7 sessions during the cruise (conducted in the mornings and afternoons during the sea days).  Each session is approximately two hours in duration for a total of 14 CPD hours.  The conference is delivered by experienced presenters from Empower Nurse Education, providing an informative, interactive and entertaining event on board the fantastic Carnival Spirit.

  • Earn 14 CPD hours
  • Certificate issued outlining sessions and CPD hours
  • Conference includes reflection sessions, trivia and case studies
  • Tax invoice provided
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CRUISING TOWARDS NURSING EXCELLENCE

Our nursing conference will be presented on sea days during the cruise, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the ports and the entertainment on board. There will be a 2-hour session at 10:00 and another 2-hour session at 14:00 on each sea day for a total of 14 CPD hours (the final sea day only has one 2-hour session).  The topics, objectives and learning outcomes of our conference are shown below.  Simply click on a title to reveal more detail about the topic:

Human Factors - "The Vortex"

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

In emergency situations, established clinical protocols are intended to help avoid fixation, facilitate teamwork and help ensure that time critical management options are not delayed or overlooked. Observations demonstrate that adherence to a guideline or protocol may be compromised in situations that are stressful. The Vortex approach utilises a straightforward cognitive aid to encourage a structured approach to the difficult airway. It has been taught to medical and nursing staff as well as to paramedical staff.

Documentation - Getting it Right

Presented by Jacqueline Brewer

Documentation is a legal requirement in the role of a Registered Nurse. There are two main reasons for documentation: we document for accurate communication between carers and we document to ensure that the clinical picture can be concisely ascertained. There are many different types of documentation and all must be completed correctly. This session will give an overview of important documentation and its role in providing comprehensive and quality nursing care.

Suturing Techniques

Presented by Jacqueline Brewer

Many patients have a condition that requires suturing. This may be as a result of trauma caused outside the clinical environment or by surgery. In either case it is important for the nurse to know what suture technique is best to use (if we are acting as a clinical specialist) and how to evaluate the suture line to determine if clinical action should be taken. We are also the professionals that are most likely to remove sutures and to provide education to the patient about their sutures, so we need to have a basic understanding of suture types and materials in order to be able to do this effectively.

Battling Fatigue in Nursing

Presented by Renae DePiazza

Many nurses and midwives in healthcare experience fatigue, affecting their health safety and that of their patients. This session will discuss how work-related fatigue amongst nurses can be prevented and managed.  Additionally, identification of factors that contribute to fatigue will also be highlighted.

Coroner's Case – Bridgett Currah

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

Case study: This session exams the matter of Bridgett Currah, a 19-month-old child who died at home after she was discharged from Mildura Base Hospital. Deficiencies in record keeping were noted by the Coroner. In addition, recognition and escalation of clinical deterioration was not undertaken.

Reflection Session

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

Reflection is an essential attribute for the development of autonomous, critical, and advanced practitioners. Studies have shown that nurses who take the time to reflect on their daily experiences provide enhanced nursing care, have a better understanding of their actions, which in return develops their professional skills. Reflective practice is the ability to examine ones’ actions and experiences with the outcome of developing their practice and enhancing clinical knowledge.

Drug Administration

Presented by Jacqueline Brewer

Rights of Medication Administration: Avoid Medication Errors. Nurses are human and medication errors do occur. This session will examine several options of minimising medication errors with the intention of keeping both ourselves and our patients safe. National Inpatient Medication Charts and safety tools designed to prevent errors will be discussed with a hope to reduce medication errors within the clinical environment.

Emergence Delirium

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

Emergence delirium is a condition that can affect all segments of the postoperative population, but is seen most often in paediatric and older adult patients. Most cases of emergence delirium resolve quickly and without incident; however, severe episodes may lead to increased incidence of injury to both patients and staff members and increased costs.

CPD Requirements

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

AHPRA states that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is how health practitioners maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.  Health practitioners who are engaged in any form of practice are required to participate regularly in CPD that is relevant to their scope of practice in order to maintain, develop and update their knowledge and skills in order to deliver appropriate and safe care. The session will provide current information on the core registration standards.

Clinical Reasoning

Presented by Jacqueline Brewer

Clinical reasoning includes an ability to integrate and apply different types of knowledge, to weigh evidence, critically think about arguments and to reflect upon the process used to arrive at a diagnosis. Clinical reasoning is an essential skill for all medical professionals and the ability to clinically reason is essential for good patient care.

Nursing Tribunal Outcomes

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

Court and tribunal outcomes are independent and public.  Tribunal decisions relate to complaints or concerns about the conduct, performance or behaviour of a health practitioner.  Court decisions can sometimes refer to an appeal of a tribunal decision or more commonly the outcome in court of a statutory offence matter. Tribunal outcomes also help practitioners understand how the National Law helps them to practice safely or ethically.  More importantly, they show members of the public what is an acceptable and unacceptable level of care and behaviour.

Self-directed Learning Session – Workbook

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

From kindergarten onwards, teachers tell students what to study and learn. Teachers set goals and evaluate learners’ mastery. It’s now time for us as healthcare professionals to control our own learning. Completion of the Self-directed Learning Module can be undertaken at any time during the cruise.

Recycling in the Clinical Environment

Presented by Renae DePiazza

This session will discuss how to successfully integrate recycling practices within a patient care setting.  Additionally, this session will engender an understanding of the economic, regulatory, resourcing and infrastructure nuances that come with recycling. This continuing education module will address the process of activating a plastics recycling program in a patient care setting from initial planning through to the program implementation and improvement considerations.

Post-Partum Haemorrhage

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

In this session, Michelle will differentiate between primary and secondary post-partum haemorrhage and describe appropriate prevention (active management of the third stage of labour) and treatment. The possible risk factors will be identified, along with the implications of post-partum haemorrhage on the health and well-being of the mother and her new baby.

Fluid Assessment

Presented by Jacqueline Brewer

Many of our patients present with either new or pre-existing conditions that are linked to fluid status. This is becoming statistically more likely with our ageing population as they present with multiple co-morbidities that may be unrelated to their presenting condition. Patients may also present with a diagnosis that has a direct correlation with fluid shifts due to the underlying pathology and thus it is essential that we are able to identify a patients fluid status and understand the most relevant nursing interventions applicable.

Coroner's Case - John Westwood

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

Each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia, accounting for an estimated 27% of the total years lost due to disability. About 4% of people will experience a major depressive episode in a 12-month period, with 5% of women and 3% of men affected. This session will introduce the case of John Laurence Westwood who was 63 years old when he died. Mrs Westwood told the court that for approximately 6 weeks she was on suicide watch. Her husband was in a state of despondency. The question is: was his GP negligent? This session will discover and discuss the happenings of events leading to his death and the findings from the South Australian Coroner. On completion of this session, healthcare practitioners will learn to assess and implement a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

Reflection Session

Presented by Michelle Stubbs

Effective reflection can allow professional practice to be enhanced and improved and is a process that can enable improvement to be achieved with ease, allow changes to be made, praise given where it is due, training or support needs identified, modifications made to practice and effective practice to be shared. This session will allow participants to reflect on learning undertaken throughout this conference.

CRUISING TOWARDS NURSING EXCELLENCE

Please meet our experienced presenters from Empower Nurse Education:

Michelle Stubbs

Michelle Stubbs

Michelle is currently a PhD candidate with HMRI and a Clinical Nurse Educator who has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 18 years, specialising in Anaesthetics and Recovery. Michelle is a member of the American Society of Post Anaesthesia & Anaesthesia Nurses (ASPAAN), and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). Michelle has researched, co-developed and implemented an innovative role within the Perioperative Service at The John Hunter Hospital – “The Surgical Liaison Nurse”. From this project she has authored articles published in the ACORN Journal and Nursing Review. Michelle is strongly committed to empowering herself through education and holds a Bachelor in Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Anaesthetics and Recovery Room Nursing, a Diploma in Nursing and a Masters in Nursing, majoring in Education.

Jacqueline Brewer

Jacqueline Brewer

Jacqueline’s experience spans 40 years, working in Critical Care and Education. A Graduate of Sydney Hospital, she has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Sydney Hospital and Westmead Hospital, and a general Theatre Specialist at Nepean Hospital. Jacqueline became involved in education in an official capacity when working for the Clinical School of the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University, developing learning packages to fulfil the needs of surgical specialty areas. Jacqueline also assisted in the development of the Surgical Skills Training Course for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, completing her Masters of Medical Education during this time. Since then she has been the Course Coordinator Critical Care at the College of Nursing and also works as a sessional academic at the University of Newcastle.

Renae DePiazza

Renae DePiazza

Renae has 30 years’ experience in nursing, specialising in perioperative care and working in a variety of sub-specialties. She is a member of the NSW Operating Theatre Association (OTA) Zone 1, and also a member of ENPA. Renae is an active clinician who is passionate about learning and delivering education, in addition to encouraging and supporting her colleagues along the way. Renae’s current research project is exploring avenues to a bio-diverse operating suite environment by way of recycling.


Our conference venue:
CARNIVAL SPIRIT

Carnival Spirit

You’ll be spoilt with so much to see and do on Carnival Spirit. Take a break from the books and laze by the pool or relax in one of the whirlpools. Or indulge in Serenity, Carnival Spirit’s adults-only retreat and watch the world go by from your deck chair.

If it’s night-time fun you’re looking for, Carnival Spirit has more than 6 bars and lounges to choose from featuring all kinds of games, shows and entertainment that’ll take you into the early hours!

Carnival Spirit boasts a dedicated conference room with full audio-visual facilities for an optimum learning experience.

CARNIVAL SPIRIT FEATURES & INCLUSIONS:

 

  • Dedicated conference room, fully equipped with audio-visual facilities

 

  • Complimentary, multi-course breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room plus additional included options in the Lido Restaurant, Guy’s Burger Joint, Pizza Pirate, Blue Iguana Cantina, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ plus more!

 

  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Pharaoh’s Palace Main Lounge

 

  • More than 6 bars and lounges including a Sports Bar with an energy-filled atmosphere, the Red Frog Rum Bar, Casino Bar, Piano Bar and the Blue Iguana Bar – the onboard spot to chill and enjoy a slushy tequila drink or an ice-cold Mexican cerveza

 

  • Additional venues include the Punchliner Comedy Club, Spa Carnival, Serenity – an adults-only retreat plus much more

 

  • Three pools, two whirlpools, the famous Green Thunder water slide and a mini-golf course

 

  • Rooms feature private facilities (shower, toilet and vanity), TVs, writing desk and twin beds that can convert to a queen.  Some rooms can accommodate up to four guests.

CARNIVAL SPIRIT FACTS

Maiden Voyage: 2001

Enhanced: 2012

Guest Capacity: 2,124

Decks: 12

Length: 294m / 964ft

Tonnage: 80,286 GT

Conference room
Conference room
Pool area
Pool area
Multiple food venues
Multiple food venues
Stage show
Stage show

CRUISING TOWARDS NURSING EXCELLENCE

Carnival Spirit

30 August – 7 September 2018
8 night cruise

Visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines

Route map
Sydney

30 August 2018 | Thursday

Embarkation
Guest welcome and course registration (time TBA)
18:30 Depart Sydney

At sea

31 August 2018 | Friday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session (2h)
14:00 – 16:00 Education session (2h)
Evening: Exclusive cocktail reception, with our compliments!

At sea

1 September 2018 | Saturday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session (2h)
14:00 – 16:00 Education session (2h)
Evening: At your leisure

Noumea

2 September 2018 | Sunday

Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00
Day in port: At your leisure
Optional group excursion (TBA)

Evening: Optional informal reflection and Q&A

Mare

3 September 2018 | Monday

Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00
Day in port: At your leisure
Evening: Optional informal reflection and Q&A

Isle of Pines

4 September 2018 | Tuesday

Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00
Day in port: At your leisure
Evening: Optional informal reflection and Q&A

At sea

5 September 2018 | Wednesday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session (2h)
14:00 – 16:00 Education session (2h)
Evening: At your leisure

At sea

6 September 2018 | Thursday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session, course reflection and close (2h)
Afternoon: At your leisure

Plus: Group farewell lunch or dinner (subject to availability)

Sydney

7 September 2018 | Friday

06:30 Arrive Sydney

ˆCruise itinerary, course schedule, and times are subject to change due to circumstances outside the control of Cruise Seminars and Ecruising.Travel

CRUISING TOWARDS NURSING EXCELLENCE

 

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