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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.

NEW - Return to critical care nursing in a supportive environment. Nursing Education is inviting expressions of interest for 2016. 


2016 Courses, Workshops and Study Days - A to Z

Program date

Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 November 2016

Registrations open from 29/8/2016 until 2/11/2016

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.
Online registration and payment link
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Course overview

This 2 day ECG Course is aimed at registered nurses who care for patients with cardiac monitoring in a non high-dependency setting 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:

  • 29 August 2016
  •   9 November 2016
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:  5 September, 17 October,
14 November, 12 December.

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
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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 4 hours

Program date

5 Session Course - 2017 date to be advised

Time
8.30am - 12.00pm
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 or above, Allied Health staff involved in taking and interpreting ECGs. External applicants welcome.
Course overview

This course is for Registered nurses wishing to increase their knowledge and skills when assessing 12 Lead ECGs.

Topics include:

  • Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology
  • Heart Dissection
  • ECG grid & axis
  • Myocardial infarction and ischaemia
  • Rhythm analysis
  • Blocks
  • Pharmacology

CNE 15 hours

Program date

2017 dates to be advised

 

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
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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.

Topics to be advised.

CNE 6 hours

Program date

Tuesday 20 September and Tuesday 27 September 2016 (both sessions to be attended)

Registrations open from 14/6/2016 until 6/9/2016

Time
2.00pm - 4.00pm
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 and above). Not available to external applicants.
Online registration and payment link
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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
Program date

Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 November 2016

Registrations open from 22/8/16 until 25/10/16

 

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

CNE 13 hours

Program date

To be advised

Time
8.30am - 4.00pm 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 or Community/Residential setting
Online registration and payment link
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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
Program date

FITZROY - Building E (Aikenhead Wing), Ground Floor

TBA

 

ST GEORGE'S - Education Centre, Level 2

TBA

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).
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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

Date for 2017 to be advised.

 

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

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

Topics to be advised.

 

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Registrations open from 28/6/2016 until 19/7/2016

Time
8.15am - 4.00pm
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building E
Michael Chamberlain Lecture Theatre
Ground floor, Aikenhead Building
Victoria Pde, Fitzroy

Eligibility
Registered Nurses
Online registration and payment link
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Course overview

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

Program date

Tuesday 25 October 2016. 

Registrations open from 25/7/2016 until 27/9/2016.

Time
8.30am - 4.00pm (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.
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 an acute care setting. 

Topics include:

  • Overview of Diabetes
  • Insulin pumps
  • Best practice in Diabetes
  • Patient perspectives
  • Case Studies

CNE 6.5 hours

 

Nursing Grand Rounds - 21 September

 

Nursing Grand Round Planner for 2016

Program date

2017 dates to be advised

 

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 19 October 2016

Registrations open from 18/7/2016 until 20/9/2016

Time
8.45am - 3.30pm (Registration 8.30am) Lunch is provided
Venue

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building E
Michael Chamberlain Lecture Theatre
Ground floor, Aikenhead Building
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 base about current issues/medical conditions with regard to Infection Control principles.


Topics include:

  • Resistant organisms
  • Tuberculosis
  • Immunisation
  • Vaccine preventable illnesses in public health-the management of an outbreak

CNE 5.5 hours

Program date

Sessions available: 27 October & 14 December 2016

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 who are competent at Venepuncture. (Not available to external applicants).
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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: 14 September, 23 November 2016

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
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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
  • Thursday 1 September 2016 - CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS

                               and/or

  • Thursday 8 September 2016 - DELIRIUM

             Applicants may attend one or both of the sessions.

             Registrations open from 8/6/2016 until 8/8/2016

Time
8.00am - 12.30pm
Venue

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

Eligibility
St Vincent's Registered or Enrolled Nurses (not available to external applicants)
Online registration and payment link
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Course overview

Designed to develop knowledge and skills in dealing with patients experiencing mental health issues whilst in hospital and/or in day to day life.

CNE 3.5 hours for each session.

Program date

Commencing 6 September 2016

A combination of 5 sessions on Tuesday mornings 8am - 12md & afternoons 4pm - 7pm

Session 1:    6  September   4pm - 7pm
Session 2:  13  September   4pm - 7pm
Session 3:  20  September   8am - 12 midday
Session 4:  27  September   8am - 12 midday
Session 5:   4   October        8am - 12 midday

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:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Brain Tumours
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Deep brain stimulator surgery
  • Pituitary surgery & management
  • Cervical & spinal surgery
     

Weekly Nursing Forums are held March through November. The forums aim to provide all St Vincent's nurses with diverse practical and theoretical evidence based nursing knowledge applicable to the clinical setting.

Presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, from nursing staff and educators to members of the health teams, medical teams, government and advisory committees.

No application or RSVP is required and there is no fee for the forums. Attendance is included in your Continuing Professional Development hours.

All internal nursing staff are welcome. Please note forums are not available to external staff.

If you would like a copy of any of the presentations you have seen at our forums or would like to request a topic to be presented please contact us at nurseeducation@svha.org.au


Fitzroy 2.15pm - 2.45pm
Donald Trescowthick Lecture Theatre, Grnd Floor, Main Hospital

  • Thurs 25 August - Medication Safety
  • Thurs 1 September - Introduction to Radiotherapy

St George's 2.30pm - 3.15pm
Education Centre, 2nd Floor

  • Thurs 25 August - Rehab Focus, complex patients under 65 yrs
  • Wed   31 August - Aggression Prevention
Program date

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Registrations open 8/8/2016 until 12/10/2016

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

St Vincent’s Hospital
Building E
Michael Chamberlain Lecture Theatre
Ground floor, Aikenhead Building
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 include:

  • Acute Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Pain in the Older Person

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date

2017 date to be advised

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.

Topics to be advised.

Program date

2017 dates to be advised

Time
8.45am - 4.15pm (8.30am 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 Grade 2 Year 2 and above (not available to Graduates, ENs 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

2017 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 include:

  • Respiratory Failure
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • COPD
  • Lung Function Tests
  • Novel Respiratory Viruses
  • Interactive Workstations involving; medications & device use for COPD patients,  humidification devices and current practices with tracheostomies

CNE 6.5 hours

Program date

Tuesday 11th October 2016

Registrations open from 11/7/16 until 27/9/16

Time
8am - 12md
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 4 hour interactive workshop aims 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

Program date

Sessions available: 19 October 2016

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
Online registration and payment link
Register
Course overview

This course is designed to teach Registered 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

Thursday 6th October 2016

Registrations open from 6/7/16 until 22/9/16

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 4 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

Monday 17 October 2016  *Change of Date*

Registrations open from 18/7/16 until 19/9/16

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

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