Caring for a Patient with a Cardiovascular Problem: Advancing Clinical Competence 

7 – 19 June 2021 | Cruising the Greek Isles from Barcelona

Nurses for Nurses CPD Travel

07 4151 3884
[email protected] 

Nurses for Nurses CPD Travel

 02 6674 2577
[email protected]  

Caring for a Patient with a Cardiovascular Problem: Advancing Clinical Competence 

24 CPD Hours


Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the 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.

Conference Introduction

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause and by 2030, almost 23.6 million people will die per annum from CVDs.

Pharmacology to prevent or treat CVD is the largest group of drugs prescribed. 100 million Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions for cardiovascular medicines were dispensed to the Australian community in one year. These comprised one-third (34%) of the total prescription medicines dispensed in that year.

This conference will move from Fundamental (not basic) to Advanced concepts in being able to assess, understand interventions and pharmacology that are required to treat CVDs. As patients with CVD are more prone to arrhythmias and coronary artery disease with associated pathophysiology, this will be a major focus of conference12 lead ECG plus right ventricular MI.

This Conference is designed to facilitate the application of a problem-solving approach to the assessment & management of a wide variety of patient conditions and will present the latest in research & management guidelines for each of the conditions discussed.

This conference will be presented in a dynamic, interactive manner using case histories and vignettes to illustrate key points.

Topics will include, Cardiovascular Physiology, Cardiovascular Physical Assessment, Electrocardiography, Cardiac Monitoring, Shock States, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Acute Pulmonary Oedema, Arrhythmias, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, and Permanent Pacemakers.

Target Audience: This conference is suitable for any Nurse who wishes to increase their knowledge of the assessment and management of patients with cardiovascular disease. It is also suitable for Paramedics and Cardiac Technicians.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the key issues associated with best practice cardiac care
  • Gain an understanding of the key issues associated with best practice cardiac care
  • Explore ECG interpretation
  • Review key diagnostic components of Cardiac deterioration
  • Investigate a number of key cardiac treatment modalities

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

Our Presenter:

Ken Hambrecht

RN, ICU Cert., B.Sc, (Physiology & Biochem.), M.I.Biol, M.Ed., J.P. MACN

Ken has extensive experience in the area of Critical Care practice & education. Ken has had more than 25 years of experience Co-ordinating & teaching in Critical Care Courses & involvement in Medical Education.  Ken is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Critical Care Education Services.

In April 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Response, the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health contracted with Ken, and Critical Care Education Services which is now part of the Medcast Group to provide upskilling of Registered Nurses to move from High Dependency Areas to Intensive Care and from General wards to move into the High Dependency Units.

Conference Program

The program content is provided by expert Educators 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:

7 June 2021 | Barcelona, Spain

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

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

day two:

8 June 2021 | Cannes, France

Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels.

day three:

9 June 2021 | La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia is a port city in Liguria, Italy. Its 1800s maritime arsenal and the Technical Naval Museum, with ship models and navigational instruments, attest to the city’s seafaring heritage. The hilltop St. George’s Castle houses an archaeological museum with artifacts from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

day four:

10 June 2021 | (Civitavecchia) Rome, Italy

Civitavecchia is a coastal town northwest of Rome, in Italy. Built in the 2nd century, the Port of Civitavecchia still retains some of its original features, like the Roman Dock. The port area also includes the 16th-century Michelangelo Fort. Nearby, the National Archaeological Museum displays bronze and ceramic artifacts. Northeast of town are the Terme Taurine, the ruins of a Roman thermal bath complex.

day five:

11 June 2021 | Conference | Full day

Topics covered today include:

  • Fundamental Cardiovascular Physiology 
  • Adrenergic Receptors
  • Cardiovascular Physical Assessment including Heart Sounds and assessment of Jugular Venous Pressure
  • Positive Inotropes and Vasopressors What’s the difference? When are they used?
  • Electrocardiography – ECG waveforms, Sinus Rhythm, Artefact in the ECG Tracing

day six:

12 June 2021 | Chania, Greece

Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Opposite, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

day seven:

13 June 2021 | Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece.

day eight:

14 June 2021 | Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is known as the Ibiza of Greece as it is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and lively nightlife. It is famous for its vast array of whitewashed churches, shops, museums and other structures that dates back to the 16th century.

day NINE:

15 June 2021 | Kusadasi, Turkey

Kuşadası is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes), it’s also a major cruise ship destination. Its seafront promenade, marina, and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway.

day TEN:

16 June 2021 | Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.


17 June 2021 | CONFERENCE |Full DAY

Topics covered today include:

  • Electrocardiography – ECG waveforms, Sinus Rhythm, Artefact in the ECG Tracing continued
  • Revision of Electrocardiography
  • Caring for the Patient in Shock; Hypovolaemic, Cardiogenic, & Septic Shock
  • Getting the most from Your Cardiac Monitoring System
  • What’s That Arrhythmia?
  • Arrhythmias Originating in the Atria, AV Junction or Ventricles
  • A Systematic Approach to Interpretation & Management
  • Abnormalities in Rate, Regularity or Conduction


18 June 2021 | CONFERENCE | FULL DAY

Topics covered today include:

  • Assessment and Management of the Patient with Chest Pain
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology 2
  • Antiarrhythmic Agents
  • Statin drugs
  • Permanent pacemakers

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

day thirteen:

19 June 2021 | Barcelona | Disembark

Back to Barcelona and safe travels home.

The Venue:

Vision of the Seas

A most amazing ship!

Sailings onboard Vision of the Seas® are one of the very best ways to embark on a culture discovery holiday. Just unpack once, and roam more new shores, with plenty of world-class dining, entertainment and nightlife on deck in between.

Let’s talk about your accommodation

Redefining the cruising experience one room at a time. Our staterooms are an alluring escape from the non-stop action that our cruise ships are known for. From our spectacular views to our deluxe amenities, a stay with us is like nothing else at sea.

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.

Dining Options

Take a flavour-filled journey to the exotic Far East at Izumi. Find your element with rustic Italian dishes served with a contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table. Indulge in the cut above the rest hand-cut steaks at Chops Grille. Or embark on a globe-trotting gourmet adventure at Windjammer Café.

Relax and Unwind

Enjoy some much-needed relaxation – From renewing facials to massages and body wraps designed just for you, the cruise spas Vitality program offers so many ways to treat yourself and leave all your cares behind while enjoying your getaway. If it’s exercise that moves you, sign up for a guided session or follow your own favourite routine at the state-of-the-art Vitality Fitness centre.

Take in a Cruise Show

Royal Caribbean International® sets the cruise industry standard with dazzling, full-scale productions, every night on every cruise – all included in your fare. We’re the only cruise line offering awe-inspiring Tony Award®-winning Broadway musicals, as well as ice skating, dive shows and original productions.

Conference  Conveners

Sue Walker

Jason Dawson

Conference Governance Committee

The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Education Governance Committee of the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). The NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses. They believe that the knowledge and skills of an individual Nurse has a huge impact on the success of a patient’s experience in the healthcare system and provide a range of education content to do just that. The education sessions are provided by and in consultation with subject experts with proven experience in their field of speciality.

Find out more about the NCI Education Governance Committee>>

Our Sponsors


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

Ready to Book?

Need a personalised quote?

Look what others have said…

Amazing knowledge, very well presented, I was riveted to my seat from the moment I got there and am grateful to Ken and Paula for renewing my clinical knowledge and enthusiasm. 


I have never really understood ECG tracings before despite years of studying and being taught by others. As Ken explained and drew on his electronic whiteboard, it just clicked and I am now much more confident with ECGs. I wish Ken was my teacher 20 years ago when I first started to struggle with this.


Comprehensive but concise in delivery of each and every topic. Very well done. Thank you. 



Can I bring the family?

Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your CPD Travel adventure. Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid's club program.  Simply talk to the Team at Education at Sea, they can organise all your and your travelling companion's travel arrangements. Contact the Team at Education at Sea.

What if I need kid-free time?

If you only want to mix with adults most ships have an adults only area with entry only available to people over the age of 18. Guests will jump for joy upon discovering this private retreat where they can connect with the ocean - and disconnect from everything else.

Can you give me some tips on Cruising?

We sure can......whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship out Ultimate Guide to Cruising is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure.

Can you organise for me to share a room with someone?

We can't promise - but we can pop your name on a waiting list and if another person asks the same question we can put you in contact with each other and you can decide if you are both compatible to share a cabin.

Contact the fabulous people at Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577 for more information.

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
  • A 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 registration and deposits are being handled by our Conference Partner – 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.

What are you waiting for?

Send Education at Sea a no obligation enquiry by filling in the at the top of the page.

Education at Sea Contact Details:

02 6674 2577

[email protected]

Time until your CPD Adventure begins: