Registered Nurse Refresher Course

Are you a Registered Nurse looking to refresh and develop your skills?

Date: 26-29 October 2021
Time: 9am-5pm (AWST)
Cost: $880 (inc. GST)
Location: Online short course

This short course has been created to build on your existing nursing qualifications and experiences, and to refresh and develop your knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology in relation to the management of people experiencing illness. The course focuses on person-centred, contemporary and evidence-based nursing practices, and will further develop your clinical skills and critical thinking ability so you can better respond to patients experiencing clinical deterioration.

The program will be delivered over 4 days, with a total of 36 hours of structured online study, including one hour daily contact with our academic staff via Zoom live sessions.

Attendees will be awarded a certificate of completion.

  • Course Learning Outcomes

    This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to:

    1. Apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning to case scenarios
    2. Demonstrate competence in advanced medication calculations
    3. Integrate knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology to complex care
    4. Synthesise theory and practice in clinical psychomotor skills
    5. Recognise and respond to clinical deterioration
    6. Understand the role of the multidisciplinary team for effective communication and management of a patient
    7. Use current evidence and research when making judgements and decisions about clinical care
  • Program duration

    4 days totalling 36 hours, structured online study with 1 hour daily contact with allocated academic via zoom live sessions.

  • Course summary

    Person-centred care

    Clinical assessment and care planning

    • Gathering a holistic health history
    • Comprehensive and focused physical assessment
    • Risk assessment, including falls and pressure injury
    • Care planning, incorporating essentials of care
    • Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration
    • Collaborating with an interdisciplinary team

    National health priorities

    • Pathophysiology and pharmacology related to specific respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological conditions
    • Nursing assessment and management of the patient with specific respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological conditions

    Mental health assessment and management

    • Assessment and risk assessments of conditions within the current context

    Nursing skills

    • Infection prevention and control including aseptic non-touch technique and appropriate donning and removal of PPE
    • Medication calculation using IntelliLearn software, medication administration and IV therapy
    • Wound assessment and management, including VAC therapy
    • Managing oxygenation using a range of devices
    • Blood products and administration
    • Understand use of infusion pumps, i.e. Alaris and Plum A
    • IDC insertion
  • About the facilitator

    Dr Kim Oliver
    Senior Lecturer | School of Nursing & Midwifery
    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    Kim is a Registered Nurse who has more than 20 years of clinical experience both nationally and internationally. She has practiced within the theatre environment and also adult intensive care setting, in addition to working remotely within the oil and gas and mining sector within Western Australia.

    Kim has extensive experience as an academic having taught at both an undergraduate and post graduate level.

    Professional Associations

    • Registered level 1 RN with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
    • Lead Auditor in OHS Management Systems RABQSA Registered
    • Registered Noise Officer
    • Sigma Theta Tau – Chair of Governance Psi Alpha at Large Chapter.

    Research Areas

    • Workplace Stressors
    • Nurse education

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