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Anaesthesia & PACU Nursing

About this Course

This course is designed to provide both novice & experienced Anaesthesia & Recovery Room nurses with greater insight into their clinical practice. This will be achieved by the presentation of a range of issues pertinent to current practice & include newer concepts & developments which will shape the future of clinical practice.

Topics will include: Understanding & complying with PS08, ANZCA ‘Assistant to the Anaesthetist’, Extended Recovery After Surgery, Lessons from the Coroners Court, Respiratory & Cardiac Assessment, Intubation & Associated Complications, Extubation, Platelet Inhibitors & Anticoagulants, What Anaesthesia to Choose, & Legal Issues. A range of case histories will be used to provide a practical basis for many of these topics.

Additionally, this course offers the chance to have your burning Anaesthesia & PACU nursing questions answered. Simply email your questions at least 2 weeks prior and we’ll answer the best ones during the course.

This course will also be of value to any nurse who desires to know more about the procedures that their patients are about to undergo or have undergone whilst in the operating room.

As many people do this course on an annual basis, course content and topics change each year. The program shown below is presently for the 2018 program. This course has sold out in various locations 7 years running so get a group together and register early to ensure your place.

We have never cancelled a course, so with Critical Care Education Services you can book early with confidence.

Nurses attending this course will earn 12 CPD hours.

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  • Course Dates

    • Sydney: 23rd & 24th November 2018
    • Melbourne: 24 & 25 May 2019
    • Brisbane: 19 & 20 July 2019
    • Perth: 20 & 21 September 2019
    • Sydney: 29 & 30 November 2019
  • Course Program

    Day One

    0815 - 0845Registration, coffee & tea
    0900 - 1000Understanding & complying with PS08, ANZCA ‘Assistant to the Anaesthetist’. Paula currently sits on the national ‘Assistant to the Anaesthetist Working Party’
    1000 - 1030Morning Tea
    1030 - 1130Extended Recovery After Surgery
    1130 - 1230Lessons from clinical practice & coroners court – Part 1. Case histories of surgical patients highlighting areas of practice alerts
    1230 - 1330Lunch
    1330 - 1430Respiratory & Cardiac assessment – Part 1. Including lung sounds, CXR interpretation & heart sounds
    1430 - 1530Assisting with intubation & associated complications… A simple task, or more complex than you think?!
    1530 - 1545Afternoon Tea
    1545 - 1630Patient Extubation – When, where, how & by whom!

    Day Two

    0900 - 1000Your burning Anaesthesia & PACU questions answered!!! Have you ever had a nagging question, for example why do patients shiver after a central neural block? Why is it easier to breath when siting up? Please email these questions to us at least 2 weeks before each course and we will include the best ones during the session
    1000 - 1030Morning Tea
    1030 - 1130Platelet Inhibitors & Anticoagulants – What’s new
    1130 - 1230Lessons from clinical practice & coroners court – Part 2. Case histories of surgical patients highlighting areas of practice alerts
    1230 - 1330Lunch
    1330 - 1430Respiratory & Cardiac assessment – Part 2. Including lung sounds, CXR interpretation & heart sounds
    1430 - 1530What Anaesthesia to Choose. Not a ‘one size fits all’ approach
    1530 - 1545Afternoon Tea
    1545 - 1630Legal Issues – a Case history approach
  • Course Fees

    Fee for attendance at the 2 day Anaesthesia & Post Anaesthesia Care Nursing Course is $495.

    Single day registrations are also accepted for $340.

    Registration includes lecture outlines with reference lists, lunch, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance.

    A receipt and confirmation of registration will be returned by your preferred contact method following registration and payment.

    Please note that a $55 cancellation fee applies. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs within one week of the course.

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  • Venue Information

    Melbourne: St Vincent's Hospital

    Brisbane: Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Perth: Mercure Hotel Perth

    Cairns: Pullman Cairns International

    Sydney: Mantra Parramatta

For More Information

For more information regarding this course and any dates upon which it is scheduled please download the course brochure. To enquire about hosting this course at your organisation, please submit our online enquiry form.

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