Back in 2020, just after the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions, the ANMF Education Centre hosted a workshop to help nurses working in non-acute areas refresh their acute-care skills as part of the COVID-19 surge workforce preparation.
More than 140 school nurses, theatre nurses, maternal and child health and aged care nurses attended the two-day workshop. Some were recently retired, others were near the beginning of their career, and some had been out of the acute setting for a while and were looking to refresh their skills and knowledge.
The workshop provided an update on clinical assessment and caring for the deteriorating patient, professional and safety standards, and law and ethics.
With a recent influx of queries for a similar, non-pandemic specific program, the Branch will begin running a general Acute Care Refresher Program over the next few months.
This four-day program will provide participants with the opportunity to revise their acute care skills and knowledge for application in a hospital setting, including a summary of hospital governance and the underpinning legal and ethical considerations.
It will be delivered in-person and is complemented with clinical simulation-based training to replicate contemporary complex scenarios occurring in our hospitals. All simulated-based learning and assessment will cover your responsibilities for delivering nursing care in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) standards for practice for both registered and enrolled nurses.
The program will count for 12 continuing professional development (CPD) hours.
The first intake will run on the 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th of July, from 9am to 5pm each day. Further intakes will run in August (10th, 11th, 17th and 18th), October (19th, 20th, 26th and 27th) and November (9th, 10th, 16th and 17).
These programs are supported by ANMF in conjunction with HESTA.