Registered Nurse Refresher Course

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

Date: 27-30 October
Time: 9am-5pm (AWST) 11am-7pm (AEST) each day
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

    Annie Das
    Senior Lecturer | School of Nursing & Midwifery
    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    Annie Das is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and is the laboratory Coordinator which entails teaching and assessment of all skills courses throughout the 3 years in the undergrad curriculum. She has taught in many different courses in the undergrad curriculum in the 15 years she has been with the The University of Notre Dame Australia across its Broome and Fremantle Campuses.

    Her experience in higher education started in Edith Cowan University teaching in skills and communication units for 4 years including accreditation of students in basic life support.  As an academic, Annie is involved in various committees and hospital projects.

    Annie has been nursing for more than thirty years and still works as an agency nurse where she is employed in a wide variety of clinical settings.  She also does mission trips as a volunteer with the Missionaries of Charities, founded by Saint Mother Teresa over the last eight years. She travels to many countries for the service of the poorest of the poor and believes that everyone has a part to play while on Earth.

    Annie has held a position of laboratory coordinator since 2008. Her main role is to collaborate with course coordinators to develop the content, method of teaching and assessments. She incorporates latest research and evidence-based practices in the units and integrate simulation to authenticate skills that are taught. Annie keeps abreast with the latest technological systems available and integrates them into the teaching of skills courses. She is now evolving suitable courses into the flipped classroom pedagogy and has done research in this area. Annie received the Vice Chancellors award in 2011 for 'Initiatives that enhance student learning'. Annie has been presenting and publishing since 2005.

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