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Continuing Education

St Vincent's Continuing Nurse Education Program is integral to the professional development of nursing clinicians within, and external to, St Vincent’s.

Our programs deliver evidence based knowledge to empower the professional and practical development of all nursing staff.

Return to Intensive Care Nursing in a supportive environment. Nursing Education is inviting expressions of interest for 2017. 


2017 Courses, Workshops and Study Days - A to Z

Program date

Next running in 2018

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided
Venue

Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
3rd Floor Healy Wing
Building C
Victoria Parade
Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses - Grade 2 Year 2 or above including external applicants.
Course overview

This 2 day ECG Course is aimed at registered nurses who care for patients with cardiac monitoring and who are interersted in developing their knowledge base and skills when interpreting 12 Lead ECGs.

Topics include:

  • Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology
  • Heart Dissection Practical
  • Cardiac Monitoring & the conduction system
  • The ECG complex & normal values
  • Myocardial Ischaemia & Infarction
  • Atrial & Ventricular Arrhythimias
  • AV & Bundle Branch Blocks

CNE 14 hours

Program date

Sessions available:

  • 3 April 2017
  • 22 May 2017
  • 19 June 2017
  • 11 September 2017
  • 23 October 2017
Time
8.30am - 4.30pm (Registration 8.15am)
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered Nurses in critical care areas only including ED,ICU,CU,Periop, Anaesthetics, 4 East, 4 West
Online registration and payment link
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Course overview

This course provides training and assessment in advanced life support for registered nurses working in critical care areas only.

Please note: If you have previously attended an ALS study day within the last 4 years, you are only required to complete the Online ALS competency and the practical assessment annually (ie you do not need to book into this study day).

Practical assessments can be completed by attending ALS Refresher training.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Basic Life Support/Advanced Life Support
  • ARC Algorithms (BLS & ALS)
  • Airway Management
  • Emergency Drugs
  • Nursing Roles and Responsibilities
  • Post Arrest Care ABCDE
  • Skill Stations
  • ALS Practical Assessment 

 

Mandatory Requirements prior to attending the day

  • The Basic Life Support Online Learning Package (EKP)
  • The Advanced Life Support Online Learning Package (EKP)

CNE 7 hours

Program date

Sessions available: 

  • 14 March 2017
  • 10 April 2017
  • 9 May 2017
  • 31 May 2017
  • 10 July 2017
  • 19 September 2017
  • 11 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
Time
9.00am - 12.00pm (Registration 8.45am)
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered Nurses in critical care areas only including ED, ICU, CIU, Periop, Anaesthetics, 4 East and 4 West.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This session provides refresher training and assessment in Advanced Life Support for registered nurses working in critical care areas.

Please note: This Refresher training is for staff who have attended an ALS study day within the last 4 years. If you have not, please click here to enrol in an ALS study day.

Topics include:

  • ARC Algorithms (BLS & ALS)
  • ALS Practical Assessment (through scenario training) 

Mandatory requirements prior to attending the session:

  • Complete the Basic Life Support Online Learning Package (EKP)
  • Complete the Advanced Life Support Online Learning Package (EKP)

CNE 3 hours

Program date
  • Monday 14 August 2017

Registrations open from 15/5/2017 until 24/7/2017

 

Time
8.30am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Please note lunch is provided.
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education and Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This one day program delivers current information regarding a broad range of medical conditions and treatments, presented by clinicians from varied disciplines and departments.

TopicsTBA

CNE 6 hours

Program date
  • Tuesday 2nd May & Wednesday 10th May 2017 (attendance at both sessions is required)

Registrations open from 2/3/2017 until 27/4/2017

  • Wednesday 13th September & Wednesday 20th September (attendance at both sessions is required)

Registrations open from 3/7/2017 until 8/9/2017

 

 

 

Time
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue

Aikenhead Meeting Rooms 3 and 4 (check whiteboard)
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Ground Floor Aikenhead Wing
Building E
Victoria Parade
Fitzroy

 

Eligibility
Registered Nurses (Grade 2 Year 2 and above). Not available to external applicants. See pre-requisite details below.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of Registered Nurses (Grade 2 Year 2 and above - not Graduate Nurses) who are working in the acute care setting, when caring for patients requiring acute pain management including epidurals and blocks.

Topics include:

  • Epidural Analgesia
  • Regional Analgesia
  • Parenteral Analgesia

 

Mandatory requirements prior to attending the course:

  • The Advanced Regional and Pain Management online learning package is a compulsory component of the competency for Registered Nurses at St. Vincent's and it must be successfully completed prior to attendance (accessed via EKP).
  • The practical competency component will be assessed during the second session
Program date
  • Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 October 2017

Registrations open from 24/7/2017 until 29/9/2017

 

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided.
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses seeking in-charge, CNS or ANUM positions. (not available to external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This program is offered to senior Grade 2 Registered Nurses and newly appointed Associate Nurse Unit Managers to assist with the knowledge and skills required when taking on in-charge responsibilities.

Topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Managing the Unit
  • Access & Demand Unit
  • Performance Management
  • Managing Conflict
  • Portfolio Management
  • Applying for an ANUM position

CNE 13 hours

Program date

Sessions available;

Acute clinical areas (Fitzroy-IPS Building)

  • 13 July 2017

Subacute (Fitzroy & St Georges) & Correctional Health

  • 6 June 2017

Community & Residential Services

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Time
8.30am - 4.30pm Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses & Allied Health staff working in Acute, Sub-acute, Correctional Health or Community/Residential setting
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This course is designed to train Nursing and Allied Health staff to become Basic Life Support Trainers for their department.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Basic Life Support
  • Airway Management
  • Emergency Drugs
  • Teaching BLS
  • Skill Stations
  • BLS Practical Assessment

 

Mandatory Requirements prior to attending the update

  • The Basic Life Support Online Learning Package (EKP) MUST be completed prior to attending the course

CNE 7 hours

Program date

FITZROY - Building E (Aikenhead Wing), Ground Floor

  • 8 June 2017
  • 13 June 2017
  • 30 August 2017

 

ST GEORGE'S - Education Centre, Level 2

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Time
Fitzroy - 2.00pm - 3.00pm St George's - 2.30pm-3.30pm
Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Allied health staff who have successfully completed the SVHM Basic Life Support Train the Trainer program. (Not available to external applicants).
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

An annual update for St Vincent's accredited Basic Life Support Trainers.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Basic Life Support
  • Updates

 

Mandatory requirements prior to attending the update:

  • The Basic Life Support Online Learning Package (EKP) must be completed prior to attending the course.

CNE 1 hour

Program date

Next date 2018

 

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided.
Venue

St George's Hospital
283 Cotham Rd,
Kew VIC 3101
 

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This is a one day program aimed at nurses interested in developing their knowledge base and clinical practice in caring for older persons.

 

 

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date

Next date in 2018

Time
8.15am - 4.00pm
Eligibility
Registered Nurses
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This is an exciting educational opportunity aimed at Registered Nurses working in the Critical Care environment.

Program date
  • Tuesday 31 October 2017

Registrations open from 24/7/2017 until 3/10/2017

Time
8.30am - 4.30pm (Registration 8.15am) Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

 

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants. See further elibibility details below.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This program allows nurses to expand their knowledge base in Diabetes Management and theory and apply this in a clinical care setting. 

Please note: The Diabetes Update Study Day at St. Vincent's has an acute focus, and is aimed at those working in the acute setting. The Diabetes Update Study Day at St George's is focused on Aged Care and is aimed at those working within a sub-acute or aged care setting. Please ensure that you select the appropriate day when registering.

Topics to be advised

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date
  • Wednesday 19 July 2017
  • Wednesday 9 August
  • Tuesday 5 September
  • Monday 16 October

 

Time
0800-1600
Venue

Nursing Education Centre

Level 2, Aikenhead Wing

Building E

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

 

Eligibility
See below
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

The Discovering Intensive Care Nursing Program Study Days will cover essential elements of Intensive care nursing. The days are ideal for Division 1 Registered Nurses who are interested in gaining further education and enhancing their knowledge of Intensive Care Nursing concepts. Specific topic information is provided upon clicking the 'Register' Link.

Participants can register to attend one, or all of the days.

For further information please contact the Liz Delaney, ICU Practice Development Nurse, via email at nurseeducation@svha.org.au

Click for information on the next Nursing Grand Rounds

Program date
  • Tuesday 12 September 2017

Registrations open from 12/6/2017 until 15/8/2017

 

 

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am)
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Allied Health Staff including external applicants.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This study day is a less intensive alternative to the ECG Course. Designed to develop knowledge of common cardiac conditions and treatments and basic ECG interpretation.

Topics include:

  • Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
  • 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
  • Heart Dissection
  • Heart Failure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date

Wednesday 18 October

Time
4.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education and Simulation Centre
3rd Floor Healy Wing
Victoria Pde Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and other health professionals including external applicants
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This program aims to broaden health professionals knowledge about current issues/medical conditions with regard to Infection Control principles.

Topics:

  • Current Trends and Sexual Transmitted Infections
  • Management of BBV in the Community
  • Importance of Confidentiality & Documentation
  • The human face of HIV

CNE 4 hours

Program date

Sessions available:

  • 26 October 2017
Time
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses Grade 2 Year 2 and above ONLY (Not Graduate Nurses or Enrolled Nurses)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This course is designed to teach Registered Nurses the knowledge and skills required to competently perform IV Cannulation.

 

Topics include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Overview of the Procedure
  • Insertion of Cannula
  • Monitoring and Complications
  • Practical Session

 

Mandatory requirements prior to attending the update:

  • The IV Cannulation Online Learning Package (EKP) MUST be completed prior to attending the course
  • Attendance at session
  • Nurses MUST have the opportunity to perform IV Cannulation in their clinical area
  • Nurses to complete 3 supervised IV Cannulations within 6 weeks post course

 

CNE 2 hours

Program date

Sessions available:

  • 21 September 2017
  • 15 November 2017
Time
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

 

Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered Nurses Grade 2 Year 2 and above (not available to Graduates, ENs or external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This course is designed to teach Registered Nurses the knowledge and skills required to competently perform Male IDC insertion.

Topics include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Overview of the Procedure
  • Complications
  • Practical Session 
  • Care of the catheterised patient

Mandatory Competency Requirements

  • The Male IDC Online Learning Package (EKP) MUST be completed prior to attending the course
  • Attendance at session
  • Nurses MUST have the opportunity to perform Male IDC in their clinical area
  • Nurses to complete 1 supervised Male IDC insertion

CNE 2 hours

Program date

Next scheduled for 2018. Dates to be advised.

Time
Various
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses including external applicants
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This short course is aimed at nurses interested in developing their knowledge base and assessment skills in caring for patients with neurological conditions and/or neurosurgical interventions.

Topics include:


 

Program date

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Registrations open from 14/8/2017 until 20/10/2017

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

A one day program aimed at nurses interested in developing their knowledge base and clinical practice in pain management.

Topics to be advised.

CNE 6 hours

Program date

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Registrations open from 8/5/2017 until 12/7/2017

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

A one day program aimed at nurses interested in developing their knowledge base and clinical practice in palliative care.

  • Introduction and History of Palliative Care
  • Pain Management and its Management in Palliative Care
  • Delirium and its Management in Palliative Care
  • Nausea & Vomiting and its Management in Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Palliative Care
  • Pastoral Care
  • Role of the Palliative Care Consult Team
  • Nursing a Dying Patient
Program date

Next date in early 2018

Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses Grade 2 Year 2 and above (not available to Graduates or external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This one day program teaches preceptorship principles to enable participants to support nurses in different stages of their career development from undergraduates to postgraduates.

Topics include:

  • Supporting new nurses
  • Communication & feedback
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assessing performance
  • Preceptoring the undergraduate student
  • Learning styles

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date

2018 date to be advised

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (8.30 Registration) Lunch is provided.
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde
Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants.
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

To develop knowledge base and clinical practice in nursing management of patients with respiratory issues/diseases.

Topics to be advised.

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date
  • Thursday 17 August

Registrations open 29/5/2017 until 4/8/2017

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (8.30am Registration ) Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent's Hospital
Building E
Room 4
Ground Floor, Aikenhead Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

 

Eligibility
Registered Nurses (not available to external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

Rates of suicide are increasing both globally and locally. The more people who are able to identify people at risk of suicide and keep them safe until help arrives may go some way toward addressing this trend. Nurses are often the first staff to gain a sense that a patient may be at risk of suicide.

 

safeTALK is an alertness workshop that prepares staff, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

 

SafeTALK is an introductory workshop that equips participants with a solid framework for identifying people at risk of suicide. It is well designed to suit nurses in their day to day work with patients and identify those that are at risk of suicide; how to discuss the subject of suicide and how to connect someone at risk with someone who can keep them safe.

 

On completion of this training participants will achieve a greater readiness and confidence in their ability to intervene with people potentially at risk of suicide and assist them to keep safe.

 

The training program is designed for participants to practice new knowledge and skills. It is experiential and involves participants actively in the process using video presentations and some small group work.

 

This training is a beginning component of the Livingworks suite of suicide intervention training. People completing this training sometimes express interest in completing the two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program but it is not a requirement.

 

The training will be provided by John Forster, Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Nurse and Kim Moreland: Psychiatric Nurse Consultant Educator (Eastern Health)


CNE 6.5 hours
 

Program date
  • Thursday 7 September 2017 (St Vincent's)

Registrations open 7/6/2017 until 24/8/2017

  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 (St George's)

Registrations open 16/6/2017 until 12/9/2017

 

Time
8.30am - 12.30pm (St Vincent's) and 1:30pm - 3:30pm (St Georges)
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

St George’s Hospital
Education Centre, 2nd floor
283 Cotham Road
Kew VIC 3101
 

 

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses (not available to external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

These 2 hour and 4 hour interactive workshops aim to assist nurses to develop specific wound dressing skills when caring for a patient with a VAC dressing/device.


Topics include:

  • Stages of Wound Healing
  • Device Selection
  • VAC Application

CNE 4 hours (St Vincent's)

CNE 2 hours (St George's)

Program date

Sessions available:

  • 28 June 2017
  • 18 October 2017
Time
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered Nurses or Enrolled Nurses who have not completed a Venepuncture Course previously
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This course is designed to teach nurses the knowledge and skills required to competently perform Venepuncture.

Topics include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Overview of the Procedure
  • Monitoring and Complications
  • Practical Session

 

Mandatory Competency Requirements prior to attend the session

  • The Venepuncture Online Learning Package (EKP) MUST be completed prior to attending the course
  • Attendance at session
  • Nurses MUST have the opportunity to perform Venepuncture in their clinical area
  • Nurses to complete 3 supervised Venepunctures within 6 weeks post course

CNE 2 hours

Program date
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017

Registrations open 17/7/2017 until 6/10/2017

Time
9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

 

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses (not available to external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This 3 hour interactive workshop is designed to increase knowledge and awareness of venous thromboembolism, disease state and prevalence. Participants will be able to better identify patients at risk of developing venous thromboembolism and better select appropriate prophylactic regimens.

Topics include:

  • Nature and Prevalence of VTE
  • Diagnosis
  • Casual Factors
  • Mechanical & Pharmaceutical Prophylaxis
  • Risk Identification & Management

CNE 3 hours

Program date

Fitzroy

  • Tuesday 10 October 2017

Registrations open 10/7/2017 until 12/9/2017

St George's

  • Tuesday 8 August 2017

Registrations open 8/5/2017 until 17/7/2017

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building C
Clinical Education & Simulation Centre
3rd Floor, Healy Wing
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

St George's Hospital
283 Cotham Rd,
Kew VIC 3101

Eligibility
Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses including external applicants
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

Attendees will be provided with current information to apply and promote best clinical practice when managing patient wounds. Expert presenters will improve participants' confidence in appropriately assessing and dressing a variety of wounds. This day study day is offered for both acute and sub-acute settings.

Topics include:

  • Principles of Wound Management
  • Dressing Product Selection
  • Interactive Workstations of varying wounds
  • Case Studies

CNE 6 hours