14 - 21 May 2022 | Cruising to Alaska departing Seattle | 28 CPD Hrs
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Phone: 02 6674 2577
Email: [email protected]

Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the Care of the Patient with a Respiratory or Airway Complication Conference information below.

If you would like to secure your place or have any further questions please complete the enquiry form or call Education at Sea on
02 6674 2577.

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Join us and our Conference Partners, Education at Sea, for the Respiratory Patient Conference aboard the Norwegian Bliss as we explore Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria leaving from Seattle.

Discover the natural wonders of Alaska, the beauty of Victora Canada, and all that the fabulous city of Seattle has to offer.

This conference will present an overview of common acute respiratory complications and airway problems, looking at respiratory assessment and management across the age continuum. The role of the nurse/ paramedic in respiratory disease and airway management will be discussed from diagnosis to management.

This information provided in this course will be applicable to all areas of nursing and paramedics, from the acute setting in the emergency department to the medical or surgical ward nurse managing a patient with unexpected respiratory symptoms. Nurses must have advanced knowledge of the signs and symptoms of respiratory deterioration.

Developing knowledge on how to recognise and perform advanced clinical assessment on a patient who is deteriorating is an expectation of the evolving role of the clinical nurse/ paramedic1. In this conference, we will explore the assessment of a patient with a variety of clinical disorders with an emphasis on respiratory function.


A case study approach will be used looking at many clinical scenarios that will assist the nurse/paramedic to recognise and respond to clinical deterioration by applying a critical thinking approach. The communication strategies to support patient assessment will be investigated. ‘Human factors’ and ‘situational awareness’ will be incorporated into the conference content in recognition that these skills are vital in ensuring effective communication within the healthcare team2.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the skills required to recognise and undertake clinical assessment of the patient with common acute respiratory complications and airway problems,
  • Review a variety of clinical conditions relating to common acute respiratory complications and airway problems,
  • Discuss common acute respiratory complications and airway problems, affecting children through to the older adult
  • Discover how to apply critical thinking via a scenario-based teaching approach. Gain advanced understanding of human factors and situational awareness to enhance effective communication, and timely intervention, within the healthcare team.

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

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. 

Conference Program:

The program content is provided by an expert Educator with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

The Nurses for Nurses Network combines great education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

In the spirit of adult learning, the Conference is delivered in two formats. The live presentations delivered in the Conference Room and there is the online library which is open one month prior to the actual conference dates. The library is an essential component of the entire Conference program.

The library consists of Conference material supplied by the Presenter/s which can include any of the following:

  • Research documents
  • Links to external information
  • Recorded Conference presentations
  • Electronic Notepads

The research documents and recorded Conference presentation form part of the Continuing Professional Development activities but are delivered to you prior to the commencement date so that you can start your Conference Program early. If you choose not to undertake these activities prior, there is a two week window post the Conference where the library remains open to you. You can also undertake the library activities during the actual Conference.

Below is a snapshot of the Conference Program.

Day one:
14 May 2022 | Seattle

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

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

Day two:
15 May 2022 | at sea | conference day

Sessions presented today:

  • Case history from the coroner’s court
  • Human factors and situational awareness
  • Respiratory assessment
  • Common respiratory conditions and airway obstructions
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Day three:
16 May 2022 | Ketchikan

Explore Ketchikan in the morning

Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you’ll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree.

Session presented today:

  • An introduction to reading and understanding blood gas analysis made simple!
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Day four:
17 May 2022 | Juneau

Cruising the Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier

Make sure you get yourself a great viewing point.

Session presented today:

  • Complete worksheet on Blood Gas analysis (self-directed)
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Day five:
18 May 2022 | Icy Strait Point

Venture where the north wind doesn’t blow

Icy Straight Point is known for this saying and it certainly delivers. It is the ideal place for anyone seeking a new experience and breathtaking views.

Session presented today:

  • Just a routine operation
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Day six:
19 May 2022 | At Sea | Conference Day


Sessions presented today:

  • Oxygen therapy – The great debate!
  • High flow nasal oxygen
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Aerosolising procedures in flu / pandemic

Day Seven:
20 May 2022 | Victoria, British Colombia  | conference day

Sessions presented today:

  • Airway management in resuscitation 
  • Unexpected endotracheal intubation and how to assist in this procedure
  • Putting it all together

This evening explore Victoria Canada.

This evening you can roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains.

Evening: Tonight we say our final goodbyes to new friends as we enjoy a farewell function.

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Day eight:
21 May 2022 | Seattle

Disembark in Seattle, Safe travels!


The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses.

Click here to find out more about NCI>>

The Venue:

Norwegian Bliss

Custom-built for the spectacular, Norwegian Bliss features a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to soak in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to dolphins splashing through warm turquoise waters. Come aboard and experience the best dining, entertainment, and amenities at sea against a backdrop of unrivalled natural beauty. Whether you choose to go tropical or a little wild, there’s one word to describe the experiences awaiting you on Norwegian’s newest ship: Bliss.

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Let's talk about your accommodation

Relax in a lively style and smart sophistication. Our modern inside staterooms are highlighted with appointments like a TV, sitting area and more.

All you have to do is unpack and relax. Your room steward will clean and tidy your room every day all you need to do is get dressed, grab your bag and start your adventure.

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Dining Options

Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, our complimentary dining options include three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. Plus, our Main Dining Rooms offer a menu that changes daily, Chef’s Signature Dishes and carefully selected wine recommendations, guaranteeing a different culinary adventure with every visit.

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Relax and unwind

Enjoy some much-needed relaxation – When you want some “me” time, look no further than Mandara Spa®. Relax with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 specialty treatments offered. At our onboard spas, treatments range from the classic to the luxurious. Let our pampering professionals soothe and rejuvenate you with facials, massages, acupuncture and a full menu of services.

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take in a stage show

When it comes to the entertainment on our newest ships, you won’t believe your eyes or even your ears. Bask in the bright lights of Broadway with performances like Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet. Or tickle your funny bone with hilarious comedic performances.

Our affiliation with ACN provides you with the opportunity to grow your career and tap into your individual potential.

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Happy attendees

I loved many things about the trip. But one thing I did enjoy was the relaxed atmosphere and the way the presenter  [Paula] interacted with everybody and made the program interesting by her many stories and experiences.


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The talks were great. Just love Paula as a speaker and as a person…she entertaining but also professional.


Perioperative Nursing Conference | Mexican Riviera

Very professional presentations and opportunity for learning while enjoying professional networking and a jolly good holiday together with old and new friends.


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Costs & 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 Presenter/s that is a recognised expert 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
  • 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/s
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

Disclaimer: The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfNN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

The Nurses for Nurses Network strongly recommends customers take out travel insurance at the time of registration for an event, to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent them attending and thus incur any financial loss.

Registration Cost


Conference registrations, accommodation options and deposits are managed by Education at Sea.

This is a fabulous program – to secure your place at this Conference you need to contact Education at Sea to find out about all the cabin options available.

Once you have paid your deposit, your registration is confirmed and you can start planning your Conference getaway.

Please note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.

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