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Keeping Afloat in Perioperative Nursing

21 November – 01 December 2022 | Cruising to New Zealand departing Sydney | 24 CPD Hours

Conference Program:

Perioperative nursing is a wonderful dynamic and challenging nursing speciality. It is a team sport where medical, nursing and ancillary staff are thrust together in a team environment. When this works well it is a masterpiece to behold, however when personalities and unforeseen circumstances arise, it can be fraught with difficulties.

This seminar is designed to look at evidence-based literature and a deeper understanding of the perioperative environment; explore some of the possible emergency situations perioperative nurses may face, and, provide knowledge to perform during these emergencies with confidence skill and know-how to deliver safer patient care.  

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore and more deeply understand the perioperative environment and how this may impact on adverse events both during and after surgery,
  • To provide evidence-based information about perioperative incidents from a case history perspective, and explore how we can prepare and prevent these occurrences,
  • To discuss and understand the physiology and treatment of some emergency situations seen in surgical patients both during and after surgery,
  • To come away feeling educated, empowered and realising that perioperative nurses are brilliant!

You will also learn:

  • About team work
  • The impact of team work on patient safety
  • Professionalism
  • The concept of white anting
  • What Effective leadership in nursing looks like
  • What Situational Awareness is
  • (70%) of adverse events can be attributed to human factors
  • How perioperative fatigue impacts health and patient outcomes
  • About the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses guideline on fatigue
  • YOUR OWN hospital policies on ‘the surgical count’ and the screening tool used in your hospital for ‘Venous thromboembolism’
  • The prevention strategies for prevelance of retained items
  • The prevention and management of venous thromboembolism
  • How many perioperative nurses feel overwhelmed in PACU where patients are at their most vulnerable
  • When an airway emergency occurs, all member of the team must be able to assist
  • YOUR OWN hospital policy on ‘Management of Anaphylaxis’ and ‘Massive Blood Transfusion’
  • Why rapid recognition, and management of malignant hypothermia is required
  • The effective anticipation, prevention, and treatment of perioperative anaphylaxis
  • How cardiopulmonary arrest may occur at any stage of the perioperative journey
  • Why the potential for blood loss requiring massive blood transfusion is ever-present in the operating suite
  • Why perioperative inadvertent hypothermia has very serious consequences
  • If Australian standards improve our patient care and our working conditions
  • And so much more

Who is this conference for?

Perioperative nursing is not always taught in the undergraduate curricula thus the importance of post registration education in this specialty area cannot be overestimated. This seminar will suit both novice and experienced nurses from all specialties, not just those from perioperative nursing. Surgery is a three-part process, preoperative, operative and postoperative. Having a deep understanding of all areas parts of the surgical journey has been shown to provide better knowledge for nurses both within and outside of the operating suite environment.


Our Presenter:



Dr Paula Foran began her perioperative career as a perianaesthesia nurse. She has been a past board member and Chief Examiner with the Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) and an immediate past board member and Education Officer for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses.     

Paula has a number of publications to her credit including published articles and book chapters, & has been a guest speaker, and presented keynote presentations at national & international conferences. Paula was awarded the ‘Most Popular Presenter’ for her keynote address at the International Collaboration of Perianaesthesia Nurses in 2017, and more recently in 2019 the ‘Best Oral Paper’ award at the European Operating Room Nurses conference in The Hauge. 

The Program:

DAY ONE: 21 November 2022 | Depart Sydney


Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the “setting sail” festivities as we say farewell to the port.

1730 – 1830

Venue: TBA | Conference Welcome and Registration Function

Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

All delegates are required to attend the conference registration session in order to collect their conference pack & confirm registration details to ensure the correct issuing of their CPD certificate.

DAY TWO: 22 November 2022 | At Sea | Conference Day

Preparing the crew for a harmonious and happy voyage

Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on enhancing and developing the Nurses’ skills and knowledge relating to safety and the perioperative environment.

    0800 – 0830

    Where are we now as a perioperative profession

    0830 – 1000

    Professionalism in the perioperative environment

    Teamwork is an integral part of perioperative nursing however several factors can impede this process having negative effects of patient safety whist in the OR.

    The aim of this presentation is to openly discuss the difficult issues that can prevent the smooth running of an operating suite, disrupt communication and promote poor staff health and morale.

    The presentation will provide a definition of professionalism, discuss language, confidentiality (phone, internet and social media), bitching, white anting, and setting people up to fail. Each issue will be followed by an appropriate solution to the problem.

      1000 – 1100


      1100 – 1200

      Leadership in the operating suite

      Effective leadership in nursing is vital to steer the ship on the correct and safe path. However, you do not have to be ‘in charge’ to be a leader. This presentation will discuss leadership theories and characteristics that impact on perioperative and surgical nursing practice.

      1200 – 1300

      Human Factors and situational awareness

      ‘Human factors’ may be defined as the environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety (Health and Safety Executive United Kingdom 2016).

      ‘Situational Awareness’ is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission (United states Coastguard 2016).

      Recent studies indicate that the main cause (70%) of adverse events can be attributed to human factors and lack of team members’ non-technical skills, such as; poor communication, poor teamwork, poor leadership, poor decision-making, and poor situational awareness (Green, Tsiroyannis & Brennan 2016).

      These topics will be discussed in an effort to improve human factors, situational awareness and patient safety.

      1300 – 1500


        1500 – 1600

        Perioperative Fatigue  

        Heavy workloads and in some cases ‘on call’ shifts all add to perioperative fatigue.

        Long working hours by staff pose the greatest threat to patient safety because fatigue, slows reaction time, diminishes attention to detail, decreases energy, and contributes to errors (American Society of Registered Nurses 2010).

        This presentation will describe the circumstances leading to fatigue,

        highlight the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses guideline on fatigue and aluminate the real cost of perioperative fatigue to both perioperative nurses and their patients.

        1600 – 1700

        Self-directed learning preparing for day two

        In preparation for tomorrow’s presentation, please access and read YOUR OWN hospital policies on ‘the surgical count’ and the screening tool used in your hospital for ‘Venous thromboembolism’. 

        DAY Three: 23 November 2022 | At Sea | Conference Day

        Preparing for a safe passage in rough seas

        Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on possible complications that can arise and looking at prevention and management strategies.

        0800 – 0900

        Forgotten something? – Retained items

        Whilst literature often refers to retained items as a ‘never event’ this occurrence still occurs.

        This personation will look at the prevalence of retained items, and mechanism that can be put in place to assist in prevention.

        0900 – 1000

        Perioperative prevention & management of Venous thromboembolism 

        The prevention and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is often at odds with hospital guidelines and practice (Hibbert et al. 2016). A recent Care Track Australia study reported that appropriate care (in line with evidence-based or consensus-based guidelines) is only being provided for VTE in just over half of eligible encounters (Hibbert et al. 2016).

        This presentation will present case histories revealing the real-life impact of VTE, look at how VTE formation occurs, and discuss preventative measures.


        1000 – 1100


        1100 – 1200

        Who feels overwhelmed in PACU? – Patient assessment in the PACU

        Many perioperative nurses feel overwhelmed in PACU where patients are at their most vulnerable. Surgical patients may develop one of many general complications of surgery but are also at risk of developing specific complications pertaining to each different surgery. To be prepared for such events, this presentation will provide an overview of the nursing assessment process for postoperative patients and discuss all the different complications nurses should be watchful for in PACU.

        1200 – 1300

        Difficult airway management

        Airway management is part of perioperative nursing practice, even for those who do not work in anaesthesia or PACU. When an airway emergency occurs, all member of the team must be able to assist. This presentation will be a very practical discussion of how all nurses can assist in both normal and difficult airway situations.

        1300 – 1500


          1500 – 1700

          Self-directed learning

          In preparation for the next session on November 29th, please access and read YOUR OWN hospital policy on ‘Management of Anaphylaxis’ and ‘Massive Blood Transfusion’.

          DAY Four: 24 November 2022 | Free Day

          Take this day to Explore what this ship has to offer

          Carnival Splendor has it all! Being the length of 3 football fields it holds a huge amount of fun-filled activities onboard for you to enjoy.

          Refurbished in 2019, including Fun-Ship 2.0 upgrades including the Green Thunder Waterslide & Waterpark, Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina and the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar.

          Take time to relax, explore and have fun. 

          Nurses for Nurses CPD Travel Juneau Alaska

          DAY Five: 25 November 2022 | Wellington

          0800 – 1800

          Explore at your Leisure or Join the Optional Tour (Details via Education at Sea)

          Enjoy views of the city, the harbour and coast from the most stunning vantage points, including the cable car terminal. Visit the Wellington Botanic Garden, the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings and take a ride on Wellington’s iconic cable car. Enjoy the rugged southern bays and coastline and amazing 360° panoramic views from Mount Victoria lookout.

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          DAY Six: 26 November 2022 | Christchurch

          0800 – 1800

          Explore this Port of Call at your Leisure

          Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, with its urban regeneration and culture and exhilarating activity. 

          The city is forever changing, with something new for locals and visitors alike to explore. It has a vibrant street art scene and showcases innovative projects, Take time to wander the streets and discover its beauty.

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          Day Seven: 27 November 2022 | Dunedin

          0800 – 1600

          Explore at your leisure or join the optional tour (details via Education at Sea)

          Make the most of your day in Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand.

          You will be amazed by the city’s gorgeous heritage buildings and architecture. Being enveloped by dramatic hills and a picturesque harbour, you will have a great view in every direction.

          A must-see is Larnach Castle which is perched high on the hills of the Otago Peninsula.

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            Day Eight: 28 November 2022 | Cruising Fiordland Park

            1400 – 1800

            A Scenic Cruise

            Find yourself a fabulous vantage point as we take in the gorgeous scenery of Fiordland National Park. The park is 1.2 million hectares and brings into view four different environments –  Mountain, Rainforest, Lake and Fiord.

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            DAY Nine: 29 November 2022 | At Sea | Conference Day

            Man the Lifeboats: emergencies situation

            Participate in a full day of CPD focusing on emergency situations that occur in the perioperative environment and looking at prevention and management for these unplanned occurrences.

            0800 – 0900

            Self Directed Activity | Available via the Online Library

            0900 – 1000

            Malignant Hyperthermia 

            Malignant Hyperthermia is an uncommon disorder of skeletal muscle, with autosomal dominant inheritance, involving abnormal skeletal muscle calcium metabolism (Chan et al. 2017). Rapid recognition, and management is required to treat and manage this life-threatening situation.

            Definitions, underlying physiology and treatment will be presented.


            1000 – 1100


            1100 – 1200

            Perioperative Anaphylaxis

            Although infrequent, potentially catastrophic anaphylactic reactions may occur anytime during the perioperative period thus anaphylaxis continues to be a major concern for all perioperative staff.

            The effective anticipation, prevention, and treatment of these reactions represent real challenges for all medical and nursing staff who must work in close cooperation during these events (Mertes & Florvaag 2016).

            This presentation will explain the pathophysiology behind anaphylaxis and discuss current evidence-based practice for the treatment and management of this emergency situation.

            1200 – 1300

            CPR in the OR, a case history approach

            Cardiopulmonary arrest may occur at any stage of the perioperative journey. Whilst all nurses are trained in the basic life support and often also advanced life support, this presentation will offer specific understanding of this emergency occurrence and management in the OR by taking a case history approach.

            1300 – 1500


              1500 – 1600

              Massive Blood loss and transfusion Webinar

              The potential for blood loss requiring massive blood transfusion is ever-present in the operating suite. This presentation will cover the requirements for massive blood therapy, storage lesion of blood and discuss the associated complications. 

              1600 – 1700

              Self Directed Activity

              In preparation for tomorrow’s presentation, please access and read YOUR OWN hospital policy / guidelines on ‘Difficult airway management’.


              DAY Ten: 30 November 2022 | At Sea | Conference Day 

              0800 – 0900

              Self Directed Activity 

              In preparation for the presentation later today, please access and read YOUR OWN hospital policy / guidelines on ‘Temperature management’.

              0900 – 1000

              Perioperative Inadvertent Hypothermia

              An alteration to a patient’s temperature seems like a simple problem however perioperative inadvertent hypothermia has very serious consequences if not detected and treated. This presentation will look at occurrence, consequences and treatment.

              1000 – 1100 


              1100 – 1200

              Can Australian standards improve our patient care and our working conditions?

              We all know about Australian Guidelines and Standards, such as the ACORN standards, but have you even looked at these as a way to actually improve your nursing care and your working conditions?

              This presentation will challenge you to do just that!

              1200 – 1300

              Perioperative trivia

              A fun way to revise lessons learnt in a face passed trivia session. Organise your team of 4 – 6 players and have your pens at the ready.

              1300 – 1500 


              1500 – 1600

              Putting it all together

              An opportunity to ask any further questions from the seminar learnings and to discuss how this education provided maybe able to change practice on return to the perioperative environment.

              1600 – 1700

              Following discussion on the Australian standards, please review standards and guidelines within your own hospital. Any questions that arise, please ask tonight.

              1800 – 1900

              Conference Farewell Reception | Venue: TBA

              Take this opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues..

              Day Eleven: 01 December 2022 | Arrive Sydney

              Disembark – safe travels!

              Conference Registration Cost – $1090.00

              Costs and Inclusions

              • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
              • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
              • Conference Presenters that are recognised experts in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
              • An online Conference library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
              • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other Conference Attendees and network with Conference Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
              • Editable electronic note pages that can be downloaded to your device of choice (device not included)
              • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard (this is important on a cruise ship to attach your room key which becomes your lifeline on a ship) and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
                The opportunity to meet as a group in various Conference open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
              • A complimentary Farewell Drinks and Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
              • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenter
              • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

              What’s not Included:

              • Travel costs
              • Cabin costs
              • Travel Insurance

              What you don’t have to worry about:

              • Housework
              • Cooking Meals
              • The Boss

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