Controversial Issues in Nursing Practice:

How to Regain Professional Authority through Effective Communication
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20-22 Aug 2024 | Hobart | 15 CPD HRS

Nurses for Nurses CPD Travel

Phone: 07 4151 3884

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07 4151 3884
Email: [email protected]

Nurses for Nurses CPD Travel


Moving from tearoom discussions to creating sustainable, vibrant workplaces in healthcare means transitioning from informal chats amongst nursing staff to identifying and developing formal, practical strategies for a healthier, more dynamic work environment. In many healthcare workplaces, informal discussions on what’s wrong, what needs to change, and what needs to happen occur in tea rooms, treatment rooms, nurses’ stations, and even at the patient’s bedside.

While these conversations are essential for team bonding and stress relief (not the discussions at the patient’s bedside!), they may not always lead to constructive solutions or organisational change. They may even link to more significant stress because nothing changes, and the same conversation is continually repeated.

This conference aims to provide an alternative to the tearoom by creating a collegial space for robust discussion. You will gain new insight and skills into what an individual can do to influence and create change in a workplace. Change is possible – and it begins with a conversation. The three Conference facilitators have more than 100 years of experience in the nursing profession between them.

They bring their lived experiences to generate discussion, offer strategies, and provide a supportive space for turning conversations into action.

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The conference is informed by several key elements:

  • Recognising the trauma from which the profession grew and how that impacts how we function today – reclaiming professionalism and pride
  • Understand that professional authority is different to decision-making power
  • Rescuers and martyrs can also be psychopaths. Recognising our behaviours and what we might bring to interactions with colleagues
  • Staying in a challenging and confronting conversation
  • Moral distress and injury
  • Shame and blame – we love that game
  • Professional Boundaries – the self-disclosure, the hugs, the abuse
  • Reconnecting with the human side of healthcare to reignite the passion for the compassionate aspects of nursing
  • The collegial boundaries – we are all leaders
  • Understanding how we integrate Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to strengthen our professional authority
  • Toxicity of kindness and niceness – it’s about professional communication and expectations

This conference is crucial in the context of increasing pressure and challenges facing the nursing profession. Effective transition from mere discussions to action can lead to significant improvements in healthcare delivery and nursing employee satisfaction.

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Conference Learning Outcomes

At this conference, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of controversial issues in nursing practice
  • Acquire strategies for effective communication in the face of differing perspectives
  • Develop a reflective approach to personal biases and how they may impact nursing decisions
  • Enhance professional authority in the face of challenging workplace situations
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You will also learn:

  • Enhance critical thinking skills to navigate challenges in the nursing profession
  • The skills to encourage collaboration and teamwork to address contentious issues within the healthcare setting
  • To identify opportunities for innovation and improvement
  • How to create a collegial community where your voice will be heard and your ideas taken seriously
  • How to reignite your professional passion
  • Rediscover your professional purpose
  • Why we need to celebrate achievements
  • Recognising the difference between the work you are paid to do rather than the work you want to do
  • What’s the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Psychological wellness is not a passive process
  • You have the power to envisage what you want for me

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Registrations close 15/08/2024

Our Presenters:

Colleen Reid

In 1974 Colleen thought she would become a nurse for a little while. Forty-five years later she finds herself working in Nursing education.

During those years she became increasingly drawn back to psychiatry, working with people who were experiencing life very differently and who were at risk of ever-increasing marginalisation.

For many years she had the privilege and challenge of working especially with people diagnosed with personality disorders and trauma-induced conditions. She maintains a lasting appreciation and respect for their journey and their resilience.

Colleen has worked in Public and Private Hospitals, Community settings, and Nursing Education.  

Colleen completed her Psychiatric training first, then her General and Obstetric training in the last cohort of hospital-trained nurses in Auckland. She has a BA Humanities and a Grad Certificate in Adult Education.

Dr Wendy McIntosh

RGN, RMHN, Grad. Dip MH, MN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Group Leadership Cert, MRCNA, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years as a health professional (clinical, education and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness and workplace bullying.

Dr Wendy McIntosh

RGN, RMHN, Grad. Dip MH, MN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Group Leadership Cert, MRCNA, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years of experience as a health professional (clinical, education, and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness, and workplace bullying.

Wendy has over 20 years of experience as a psychodrama trainee – lifelong learning. She is committed to using experiential learning in the work she does with individuals and groups.

Wendy maintains a full diary of workshops throughout Australia and London UK and consistently receives feedback on her passion, knowledge, and creativity as a presenter and facilitator.

Wendy is continually integrating learning and insights she gains from the work she does within professional boundaries. She has developed internet training tools and education packages for individuals/organisations and delivers webinars for organisations.

With the assistance of six podcast episodes titled ‘Professional Boundaries’, Wendy is exploring and guiding listeners on their own personal and reflective journey through boundaries. Further podcasts are currently in production.

Sue Walker

RN, BN, BN (ADMIN), MPHC, MACN Specialist Nurse Educator Sue is the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network. Sue is a key contributor to the online education platform Nursing CPD – a Continuing Professional Development platform to assist Nurses in meeting their annual CPD requirements.

Sue Walker

Sue is the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network. Sue is a key contributor to the online education platform Nursing CPD – a Continuing Professional Development platform to assist Nurses in meeting their annual CPD requirements.

As a Registered Nurse, Sue holds Degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, and Training and Assessment. She is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Clinical Supervisor.

Sue has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, and senior manager. She has presented at local and international conferences on many topics including, key issues in healthcare, such as the psychological impact of the work that Nurses do and how the work requirements to deliver healthcare impact the health of the clinician. Other topics presented comprise of Nursing Leadership, Emergency Management, Mental health, Aged Care, Advanced Life Support, Assertiveness, Grief and Loss, and Workplace Bullying.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in how the community and Nurses experience the healthcare system.

“Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and work in difficult environments that can take advantage of their commitment to ensuring the best possible care is delivered. To continue to meet professional and community expectations Nurses and Midwives need to acknowledge their unique contribution to health care delivery and assert their collective strength to safeguard the community and ensure their ongoing professional needs are recognised and met.

Healthcare should be delivered by competent, knowledgeable individuals to ensure the best possible experience for the recipient of that care. Nursing is a fabulous profession.  The knowledge and skill of the individual Nurse will have the greatest influence on the happiness and health outcomes of each and every client”.

Conference Program:

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Day One:

Sessions today will include:

  • Our Past our Present and Creating our Future
  • Professional Authority is Different to Decision Making Power
  • Shame and blame we love that game!
  • Moral Distress & Injury
  • Staying Present in Challenging and Confronting Conversations
  • Let’s have those Challenging and Confronting Conversations and Manage your Discomfort
  • Listen to Understand
  • Codes and Standards of Practice – They are there to Assist us with Professional Authority Finding your Professional Language
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Day Two:

Sessions today will include: 

  • Finding your Professional Language
  • Learning the Language of Professional Boundaries to Enhance One’s Professional Authority
  • Professional Boundaries: The Self-disclosure, the Hugs, the Abuse
  • Collegial Boundaries
  • What do Collegial Boundaries look like in Practice
  • Exploring the Damage cause by Colleagues who meet Criteria for Psychopath
  • When Little Red Riding Hood is Really a Wolf
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Day Three:

Sessions today will include:

  • The Concept of Incivility
  • Finding your Professional Language
  • Leveraging Collegial Networking: Building Connections for Success

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The Venue: 

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RACV Hobart

154-156 Collins St, Hobart | (03) 6270 8600 |

Things to do During your Visit

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visit the botanic garden

Nestled in Hobart, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a tranquil haven spread across 14 hectares. You can spend a relaxing day exploring the vast gardens that offer a diverse range of flora and fauna. If you're pressed for time, you can tailor your walk to suit your interests, whether it's admiring the stunning rose garden, discovering the native Tasmanian flora, or taking a leisurely stroll through the Japanese garden. 

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find a treasure salamanca markets

With more than 300 stallholders, the market offers fresh produce from local growers, hot coffee, appetizing breakfast and lunch options, as well as a plethora of gift ideas and handmade products. You will be sure to find something that delights.

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join the excitement at Mona

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at Mona, the brainchild of David Walsh. This extraordinary space is the perfect playground for anyone looking to indulge in a unique and fascinating adventure.

This awe-inspiring temple to secularism and rationalism is a place where you can freely express your opinions, even if you don't know much about the subject. It's a space that encourages curiosity, exploration, and fun. So come and , and get ready to have your mind blown.

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Enjoy some fabulous food and wine

Hobart is renown for its food and wine scene. Whether you are a foodie or not you will not be disappointed with the fare on offer.

Experience Hobart's delicious cuisine, where the distance from paddock-to-plate is short, and the stories of origin are long. Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, or a family meal at a backstreet cafe, wine bar, restaurant, or pub.

Our affiliation with ACN provides you with the opportunity to grow your career and tap into your individual potential.
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Registrations close 15/08/2024

Happy attendees

The CPD sessions were informative and based on evidence-based practice, research, and the expertise of the presenters [Colleen Reid and Wendy McIntosh] who were engaging and committed to sharing their stories while challenging the participants to reflect upon their own practice.


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A great time to get away from the busyness and stress of work to learn about Mental Health and boundaries. And amazing opportunity to learn more while also enjoying the excursions and socialising with other like minded health professionals.


Understanding Mental Illness, Hobart 2023

Well presented information [by Colleen Reid and Wendy McIntosh], some new, some consolidating old knowledge. Had a great group which mostly gelled together both socially and with course content.


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What’s Included:

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • Conference Presenter who is a recognised expert in her field and is excited to be able to share her skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
  • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as outlined in the program
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenters
  • 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.

Registration Cost

$890.00 inc GST

NB: Price does not include accommodation or travel costs.
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 incurring any financial loss.
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