ACORN Education news

February 2023

We hope that you have had some time over the Christmas and New Year period to rest, relax and recharge for the year ahead. With so much going on in 2022, you may have missed some of the education events, conferences and resources that were released throughout the year. Thankfully, ACORN records all education presentations (where possible), and aims to improve member accessibility by having these available for those who are unable to attend in a live capacity.

 

ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series

Wanting to catch up on sessions you may have missed at the ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series? Those who participated in the virtual conference series in 2022 as delegates, corporate sponsors, and speakers, have complimentary access to view the session recordings as part of their registration fee. Those who did not participate, can still access the recordings by following the instructions below.

If you had not registered to attend the Virtual Conference Series in 2022, you can purchase a subscription to the recordings and view all sessions throughout the five-day series. Simply click on the link below to take you to the ACORN Education learning platform conference page, select 'register', and follow the prompts.

Click here to subscribe to the ACORN 2022 VCS

Subscription to the ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series recordings includes all five days worth of presentations. The subscription is valid for 12 months with the opportunity to extend if requested.

 

Courses

Are you a new perioperative nurse, or looking for a refresher on perioperative fundamentals? Check out ACORN’s range of “Fundamentals of…” courses. These courses provide a comprehensive suite of content designed to ensure all fundamental perioperative nursing topics are covered. Each course ranges from 16-20 CPD points and are mapped and approved in line with NSQHS Standards.

To find out more about each of the courses available, visit the Education Shop, or click on the links below and follow the prompts.

Don’t forget that ACORN members receive a 15% discount on all course registration fees!

Simply email education@acorn.org.au to receive your member discount coupon code.

 

We are excited to announce a new collaboration to benefit our ACORN members for 2023!

ACORN and MedCast have teamed up to provide a 15% discount for ACORN members for their Advanced Life Support and Paediatric Advanced Life Support courses.

Simply email education@acorn.org.au to receive your ACORN member Medcast discount coupon code.

To find out more about each of the courses available click on the links below and follow the prompts.

 

Webinars

ACORN produces regular webinars each year to assist perioperative nurses with their professional development. The webinars are online seminars, presented by perioperative nurses, and clinical experts, from a range of specialities, and you can participate from the comfort of your own home. The webinars are recorded and available for viewing at any time.

ACORN Education webinars are free for all ACORN members - this is a member benefit of being part of the ACORN community. Ensure that you login to your ACORN account to access these webinars.

If you are not an ACORN member and would like to purchase a 12-month ACORN webinar subscription to access all webinars, please click Webinars. From here, you can create an account, select 'ACORN Webinars' from the catalog and follow the prompts.

 

Upcoming webinar:

Cell Care Collection - The what, why and how

Tuesday 21 February 2023 (2.00pm - 3.00pm AEDT)

Join Fiona Russell in discussing Cell Care Collection – The what, why and how for perioperative nurses. Cord blood and cord tissue are rich in powerful stem cells and can only be collected at birth for potential future use. Stem cells can be used now for medical treatments, and there is an expanding range of new therapies being researched that anticipate using cord blood and tissue in the future, e.g., type 1 diabetes, cerebral palsy and autism.

Click here to register your attendance

 

Special Interest Groups 

The purpose of the ACORN Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is to combine the expertise and experiences of like-minded perioperative nurses to collaborate, create and support each other with a special interest focus. As the peak professional representative group for perioperative nurses across Australia, ACORN is in the unique position to have the opportunity to create, support and maintain SIGs with the mission of advancing safe, quality perioperative nursing care for Australians.

This year, we have opened up a new SIG for Perioperative Manager's, in addition to our existing SIG groups (Periop PhD, Periop ENs and Preceptors and Facilitators). These groups will continue to grow in number to encourage collaboration, consistency and peer support for like-minded 

perioperative team members. We have a number of exciting new groups to be released throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining one of the ACORN SIG's, please complete the expression of interest form.

 

International PeriAnaesthesia Week (6 to 12 February 2023)

Don’t forget that International PeriAnaesthesia Week is fast approaching (6-12 Feb 2023). Make sure to get your team together to organise some fun activities and celebrations for the PeriAnaesthesia team!

As part of the celebrations of International PeriAnaesthesia Week, ACORN has introduced the ‘ACORN G.A.S. Awards’. We do love a good acronym here at ACORN!

These awards highlight those who advocate for not only our patients, but for our future PeriAnaesthesia nursing profession. They are Guiding to novice nurses, they are Approachable to colleagues, patients, and visitors, and have a Special gift of seeing the unseen.

Make sure to nominate your colleagues to go into the draw to win great prizes! Nominations are now open on the ACORN website.

Applications close Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 5pm AEDT.

December 2022

As the end of 2022 draws near, we still have a range of webinars and educational opportunities for you to engage in for your continuing professional development. Make sure to check out the ACORN What’s on posters – you can print them, display them on your education boards or in your clinical areas, or email them to colleagues so you never miss an event.

 

Tuesday 6 December: Local health district transition to sterile applicator skin preparation – the what, why and how (6.00–7.00 pm AEDT).

Join Lee-Ann Heta who will be presenting on her local health district transition to using a sterile applicator for pre-operative skin preparation. These presentations are a great opportunity to learn from our perioperative colleagues in new and innovative ways to improve patient safety and care. This webinar is sponsored by BD. Register here to attend.

Thursday 8 December: Perioperative roles – Nurse unit manager (4.00–5.00 pm AEDT).

Join us as registered nurse Michael Ashby shares his experience and journey as a nurse unit manager in the perioperative environment. Michael has had a number of perioperative roles in his career and is kind enough to share his journey with the wider perioperative nursing community. Here at ACORN, we want to shine a light on the amazing work our perioperative nurses are doing in all of their varied clinical settings. Register here to attend.

Thursday 15 December: ACORN Standards update (2.00–3.00pm AEDT).

Join Michelle Hibberson, ACORN Standards Officer, as she discusses updates to the ACORN Standards and answers your questions live. This will be the last ACORN Standards webinar for 2022 so please come along to have any of your standards questions answered and find out what is in store for 2023! Register here to attend.

 

The ACORN Research Grants applications are now open. ACORN is committed to supporting perioperative nursing practices, including research. Research enables perioperative nurses to identify gaps in current practices and education, as well as generate evidence to address those gaps in order to provide evidence-based patient care.

There are three types of grants available:

  1. Beginning researchers grants (for researchers at master’s [minor thesis/research] and undergraduate honours levels) 
  2. Higher degree research grants (for researchers at doctoral level, post-confirmation)
  3. Early career research grants (for post-doctoral researchers).

Submit your application before 31 January 2023.

ACORN has received a number of enquiries about the ACORN Education Grants. Applications for these grants have closed for 2022 and will reopen 1 February 2023.

 

The ACORN Virtual Conference Series has now finished. What a fantastic five days of education, engagement and networking. We thank the speakers who presented their research and areas of expertise, and the wonderful attendees who provided great engagement, questions and feedback on their experiences. Delivering a conference via a virtual platform was a steep learning curve for all involved, but that’s what we do as nurses … continually learn. If you were unable to attend the Virtual Conference Series, session recordings are available. Contact administrator@acorn.org.au to discuss how to access these.

 

The upcoming ACORN SIG meetings will be the last meetings for 2022. Please find the dates and times below for your reference. We thank all the members of our special interest groups for their wonderful contributions, feedback and brainstorming about how we can continue to strive for best-practice, high quality perioperative nursing care for our patients.

  • Education working party – Wednesday 7th December 2.00 pm (AEDT)
  • Preceptors and facilitators – Thursday 1st December 2.00 pm (AEDT)
  • Perioperative PhD Group – Monday 19th December 2.00 pm (AEDT)

 

ACORN’s Education enquiry service will be deactivated on Monday 19 December 2022 and will reopen on Monday 9 January 2023. We have had so many great enquiries throughout 2022 – 128 and counting! For any matters requiring assistance during this period, please contact administrator@acorn.org.au.

We hope that you have a wonderful closing out of 2022 and have some time to relax over the holiday season. Here’s to a positive 2023!

Thank you from everyone at ACORN Education for a tremendous year

ACORN’s Fundamentals of intra-operative nursing course is coming soon!

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We are excited to announce that the Fundamentals of intraoperative nursing course is coming very soon! We have had great engagement and enrolments with our Fundamentals of anaesthetic nursing course and are looking forward to the expansion of these fundamentals courses for novice perioperative nurses entering the perioperative clinical environment and experienced perioperative nurses requiring revision of fundamental intra-operative nursing concepts and requirements.

This course will be delivered virtually at a time that suits you, with evidence-based learning content, engaging and interactive learning activities and test-your-knowledge sections to consolidate your learning! ACORN Members receive a 15 per cent discount on all ACORN Education courses!

Stay tuned to the ACORN website and ACORN socials for the official release of the course!

 

Preceptor and facilitator resource page now live!

This ACORN, member-only resource page has been developed by ACORN Education in collaboration with the Special Interest Group 'Perioperative preceptors and facilitators'.

Together, we have been developing tools and resources to assist both the preceptee (student or novice nurse) and the preceptor in providing a high-quality, consistent and safe orientation and learning experience in the perioperative environment. These resources are developed as a resource for those whose health service organisation may not already have these in place.

Pop on to the Preceptors and facilitators page ACORN website and have a look around.

 

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ACORN Virtual Conference Series – Day 5 Health and wellbeing

The final day of the ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series is swiftly approaching! Day 5 of the conference series focuses on the health and wellbeing of our perioperative nursing community.

Following on from our wonderful PNW2022 N.U.R.S.E. selfcare activities, join us on Saturday 26 November 2022 for another instalment highlighting the importance of the health and wellbeing of our selves and colleagues. Let’s finish the year engaged, mindful and empowered!

Register now for Day 5 Health and wellbeing.

 

Upcoming webinars

Nov webinarJoin us as Aziza Sahib (RN) shares her experience and journey as a Clinical nurse educator (scrub/scout) from 2.00 to 3.00 pm AEDT on Tuesday 15th November. Aziza has had several perioperative roles in her career and is kind enough to share her journey with the wider perioperative nursing community. Here at ACORN, we want to shine a light on the amazing work our perioperative nurses are doing in all their varied clinical settings.

You can also watch previous perioperative roles webinars.

 

Financial support and scholarships

This is the final call for applications for the Bravura LSO education scholarships. The Bravura LSO Education course is suitable for:

  • nurses working in a perioperative environment that uses lasers (gynaecology, urology, otorhinolaryngology, plastic surgery, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology)
  • personnel who need to have a comprehensive understanding of the operation and hazards of lasers (i.e., surgeons, physicians, laser nurses, Laser Safety Officers, other personnel working in the Nominal Ocular Hazard Zone)
  • Bravuranurses working in a perioperative environment who require evidence of laser safety education for license application to Queensland Radiation Health, Government of Western Australia Radiological Council, and the Tasmanian Government Radiation Protection Unit.

Submit your application. Applications close at 5.00 pm AEDT on Wednesday 30th November 2022.

Upcoming webinars

PR webinarJoin us as Yanna Vinas (RN) shares her experiences and journey as a scrub/scout nurse. Yanna has had a number of perioperative roles in her career and is kind enough to share her journey with the wider perioperative nursing community. Here at ACORN, we want to shine a light on the amazing work our perioperative nurses are doing in all their varied clinical settings. Register now for the ‘Perioperative roles: Scrub/scout nurse’ webinar on Friday 14th October 2.00–3.00 pm AEST.

Standards webinarHave an in-depth look at the ACORN Practice Audit Tools (PATs) with Michelle Hibberson, ACORN Standards Officer. A live question and answer session will follow Michelle's presentation. If you have any particular questions related to the ACORN PATs, please email these through to standards@acorn.org.au prior to the event. Register now for the ‘All things ACORN PATs’ webinar on Wednesday 26th October 12.00–1.00 pm AEST.

Perioperative Nurses Week 2022 (2nd to 8th October)

As the 2022 year is flying by, it’s time to get ready and excited for Perioperative Nurses Week 2022! The past few years have been challenging and unpredictable for our perioperative nursing community. This year, we want to focus on practical, realistic self-care for the perioperative nurse.

PNW 2022N.U.R.S.E Self-care

N – Nourish

U – Unplug

R – Rest

S – Soothe

E – Educate 

Each day of PNW will have a self-care focus, with competitions, education and prizes. Stay tuned to our socials for daily updates, competition details and announcement of daily prize winners.

Last year saw the inaugural ACORN G.L.U.E. Awards acknowledging a special nurse who keeps the team together ‘like glue’. They are genuine, they make you laugh, they are unique and, above all, show empathy. After the amazing calibre of entries for the ACORN G.L.U.E. Awards last year, ACORN is continuing these awards in 2022 (proudly sponsored by Multigate).

We know that perioperative nurses ‘step up’ every day to be there for their colleagues, patients and the wider health care community. This year we want to see perioperative nurses ‘stepping up’ for self-care. Gather your team together, get your pedometers or smart watches, and start counting those daily steps to win big prizes.

ACORN’s ‘Fundamentals of anaesthetic nursing’ course is now live!

The ‘Fundamentals of anaesthetic nursing’ course is designed for novice perioperative nurses entering the perioperative clinical environment and experienced perioperative nurses requiring revision of fundamental anaesthetic nursing concepts and requirements. This course is designed to be consistent with ACORN’s Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (16th ed) and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Each fundamentals module is mapped with the NSQHS Standards and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has authorised use the NSQHS Standards iconography.

This course is delivered virtually at a time that suits you, with evidence-based learning content, engaging and interactive learning activities, and test-your-knowledge sections to consolidate your learning! ACORN Orientation Genius Subject Image

To register for the course, visit the ACORN Education Learning Platform or the ACORN Education Shop.

ACORN members receive a 15 per cent discount on all ACORN Education courses! Contact education@acorn.org.au for your member discount coupon code. Enter this coupon code at the checkout screen for your discount to be applied.

ACORN’s ‘Fundamentals of anaesthetic nursing’ course is now live!

The ‘Fundamentals of anaesthetic nursing’ course is designed for novice perioperative nurses entering the perioperative clinical environment, and experienced perioperative nurses requiring revision of fundamental anaesthetic nursing concepts and requirements. This course is designed in collaboration with the ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (16th ed), and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Each fundamentals module is mapped with the NSQHS standards and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has authorised use of the NSQHS standards iconography.

This course is delivered virtually at a time that suits you, with evidence-based learning content, engaging and interactive learning activities, and test-your-knowledge sections to consolidate your learning!

To register for the course, visit the ACORN Education Learning Platform, or the ACORN Education Shop.

ACORN Members receive a 15% discount on all ACORN Education courses! Contact education@acorn.org.au for your member discount coupon code. Enter this code at the checkout screen for your discount to be applied.

BravuraApplications are now open for the Bravura Laser Safety Officer (LSO) scholarship. The Bravura LSO course is suitable for nurses working in a perioperative environment that uses lasers, personnel who need to have a comprehensive understanding of the operation and hazards of lasers and nurses working in a perioperative environment who require evidence of laser safety education for license application to Queensland Radiation Health, Government of Western Australia Radiological Council and the Tasmanian Government Radiation Protection Unit. All current ACORN members who have been members continuously for at least two years are eligible to apply. Apply now. Applications close 30 November 2022.

Grant webinarWebinar: How to apply for research grants 10.00–11.00am AEST Tuesday 20th September. Please join Professor Brigid Gillespie (Chair of the ACORN Research Committee) to go through helpful hints and essential requirements to make a note of when applying for research grants. If you have any questions that you would like to submit to Brigid prior to the webinar, please email these to education@acorn.org.auRegister now.

ACORN Virtual Conference Series

Conference Day 4 – Leadership and mentoring. Saturday 24th September from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm AEST.

Join us as we start the day with our fantastic keynote speaker Allison Evans.

Allison EvansHailing from a clinical background with a Bachelor of Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing and Diploma of Business, Allison Evans’s career began as a registered nurse, working for major Victorian health care organisations across the public and private sector. Allison’s career path since joining Epworth HealthCare she has worked at different Epworth hospital sites, recently in roles of Director Perioperative Services, Chief Operations Manager at and Executive General Manager at Epworth Richmond, and currently as Acting Chief Operating Officer, Hospitals. Regularly called upon for her extensive health care knowledge, clinical know-how and operational nous, Allison plays a role in offering her guidance across all Epworth sites. Epworth Richmond is a 480-bed acute site and Allison’s role provides operational oversight of a myriad of departments, managers and daily on-goings at Epworth. Allison is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a mentor for future health care leaders and sits on Safer Care Victoria’s recently formed Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council.

Education grants

FNACORN is passionate about ongoing education and professional development for our perioperative nursing community. In the words of Florence Nightingale ‘Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… we must be learning all of our lives’. Education grants can be used towards tuition fees for post-graduate studies, industry-based qualifications or perioperative specialty area education event registration. Congratulations to our 2022 Education Grant recipients, Vibeke Skou and Alexandria Ryan.

Special Interest Groups

ACORN’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) continue to grow with an ever expanding base of knowledge, experience and perioperative perspectives. Upcoming SIG meetings include:

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  • Preceptors and facilitators (Wednesday 3rd August 2.00–3.00 pm AEST)
  • Perioperative ENs (Wednesday 10th August 2.00–3.00 pm AEST)
  • Perioperative PhD group (Monday 15th August 2.00–3.00 pm AEST)

If you are an ACORN member and would like to join one of the ACORN SIGs, please visit the ACORN website. If you have a perioperative topic, project or concern that you feel would benefit from having an ACORN SIG dedicated to it, please contact ACORN Education.

Perioperative Nurses Week 2022

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Perioperative Nurses Week (PNW) 2022 is coming so it’s time to stop and take stock of the increidble work that perioperative nurses do, every day. PNW runs from Sunday 2nd October to Saturday 8th October 2022 and is full of competitions, prizes and events. This year’s theme is N.U.R.S.E. Selfcare (Nourish, Unplug, Rest, Soothe and Educate). Make sure you stay tuned to ACORN socials for daily updates and details. Download the ACORN PNW 2022 posters for your noticeboards.

ACORN Three-minute thesis competition

3MT_Logo_ColourEntries are now open for the 2022 ACORN Three-minute thesis (3MT) competition. The ACORN 3MT competition celebrates the exciting perioperative research conducted by Australian higher degree research students. The 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Visit the ACORN website for more information and to submit your entry. Entries close Friday 24th September 2022.

Perioperative roles webinars

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We continue to share the varied journeys of our wonderful perioperative nursing community. Join us for the next installment of our Perioperative roles webinars. Join us as Tania Ramos shares her experiences and what she has learnt as a clinical nurse educator (perioperative) and in an allied health nursing education outreach program – Thursday 18th August 2022, 2.00–3.00 pm (AEST). Register now to attend this webinar.

ACORN Education is thrilled to be joined by Professor Joseph Ibrahim MBBS, GradCHE, PhD FAFPHM, FRACP, to unpack a case of anaphylaxis and the coroner's court process. ‘Anaphylaxis and the Coroner’s Court’ webinar is scheduled for 2.003.00 pm on Tuesday 12th July.Joseph is head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and contributes to the research and teaching activities of the Centre of  Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Anaphylaxis webinar

Joseph is also an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University. He is the current editor of the Residential Aged Care Communiqué, the consultant editor for the Clinical Communiqué and a former regional editor for the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (2000-2004). Register now to attend this webinar. 

Conference The third day of the ACORN Virtual Conference Series – Advanced Practice Nursing is scheduled for Saturday 23rd July 2022 10.00 am – 5.00 pm AEST. Make sure you check out NP Catherine Smith’s keynote presentation ‘You don’t need permission to lead’ to start your day empowered and ready to move towards a Golden Future. We have a schedule packed full of inspiring and thought-provoking presentations and interactions. Visit the exhibition hall to meet and connect with our wonderful corporate partners and sponsors. Don’t forget that you also win points towards our gamification prizes by visiting and connecting with our exhibitors. Register now on the ACORN website.

Semester 2 commences for UTAS postgraduate students on 11th July 2022. Make sure to use your ACORN membership to receive fee waiver discounts towards your postgraduate education. The UTAS–ACORN member benefit applies to the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (H5F). Specialisations that are available to ACORN members under this scholarship include:

  • Anaesthetics and recovery
  • Perioperative nursing
  • Leadership in practice
  • Clinical nursing and teaching.

To be eligible for a UTAS scholarship you must be a current member of ACORN. Ensure that you submit proof of ACORN membership when you apply. Log in to your ACORN account and download your membership card as proof of membership. For more information about the courses available on the UTAS–ACORN membership benefit scholarship, please contact Health.Central@utas.edu.au, or phone 03 6226 4757.

Saturday 21st of May was Day 2 of the ACORN Virtual Conference Series. The Education Stream for the day was ‘Quality and safety’ with inspiring and thought-provoking sessions on all aspects of quality and safety in the perioperative environment. We had attendees, exhibitors and speakers joining us from all over the world including all states and territories of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States of America. It truly was an International Conference of Perioperative Nursing! Our attendees provided insightful and stimulating questions in our live interactive Q&A sessions that initiated wonderful discussions, insights and motivation to discover more! We are encouraged by how engaged and enthusiastic our attendees were in each of our sessions and with the exhibitors.

Georgie CarrollCatherine SmithWe are looking forward to our next conference day ‘Advanced practice nursing’ to be held on Saturday 23rd July. Our keynote speakers for the day include Nurse practitioner Catherine Smith (at right) and Georgie Carroll (far right) who will finish off the day with some good nursing-related humour and laughter! Register now to attend Day 3 of the Virtual Conference Series.

GrantsACORN awards Education grants to further the education and continual professional development of perioperative nurses across Australia. We are offering two grants of up to $1000 each that can be used towards tuition fees for postgraduate studies, industry-based qualifications or perioperative specialty area education event registration. The area of study must be directly related to the advancement of safe and high-quality perioperative nursing in Australia. Applications are now open.

We are thrilled to have Michelle Hibberson on board as the ACORN Standards Officer. Some of you may have seen Michelle present at Day 2 of the ACORN Virtual Conference Series with an inspiring session on auditing. Get to know Michelle, the ACORN Standards and the journey ahead by attending the upcoming webinar ‘ACORN Standards: Our new Standards Officer’ being held on Wednesday 8th June at 2.00 pm (AEST)Register now to attend this webinar.

Here at ACORN, we love shining a light on the amazing work our perioperative nurses are doing in all their varied clinical settings. Join us as Elaine Loots RN shares her experience and journey as an anaesthetic nurse. Elaine has had several perioperative roles in her career and is kind enough to share her journey with the wider perioperative nursing community. This webinar is being held online on Monday 27th June at 10.00 am (AEST). Register now to attend this webinar.

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The ACORN Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are growing with the first meeting of the Preceptors and facilitators SIG scheduled for Friday 3rd June 2022. The primary goal for this special interest group is peer-support and mentorship for perioperative nursing preceptors and facilitators in Australia. The group aims to create and share resources and knowledge, in a collegial way, to increase consistency and collaboration in educating the future generations of perioperative nurses. We invite you to join the Preceptors and facilitators SIG.

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Picture1 ACORN Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are expanding, and we would love to have our members be involved and have their voices heard. The purpose of the ACORN SIGs is to combine the expertise and experiences of like-minded perioperative nurses so they can collaborate and support each other with a special interest focus. As the peak professional representative group for perioperative nurses across Australia, ACORN is in the unique position to create, support and maintain SIGs with the mission of advancing safe, quality perioperative nursing care for Australians. If you are interested in being part of one of ACORN’s SIGs, please join now.

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The members of the Perioperative PhD Group are meeting to provide a panel Q&A webinar for the perioperative community about what the journey to a periop PhD looks like on Monday 9 May 2022 at 12.00md AEST. Please join Erin, Melanie, Penny, Kasey, Tenber, Louise and Elizabeth to hear about the five key stages of a PhD, and share some handy hints, insights, and learnings that they have discovered along the way. Register for this event.

 

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International Nurses Day (IND) is coming up on Thursday 12 May 2022. This year the International Council of Nurses has chosen the theme ‘A voice to lead - Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health’. These past few years have highlighted the significance of the nurse’s voice in leading and ensuring accessibility to safe patient care. IND is held on this date to commemorate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The ICN have posters and resources you can download for your workplace.

 

Janet PrustDay Two of the ACORN Virtual Conference Series (Quality and Safety) is coming up on Saturday 21 May 2022. Join us for a program to inspire and motivate action in ensuring quality and safety across all aspects of perioperative nursing. We are thrilled to announce the inclusion of Ms Janet Prust as a keynote speaker. Janet is the Global Standards Director for 3M Health Care, she has over thirty years of health care and industrial sterilisation industry experience and spent ten years in clinical practice prior to joining 3M. She educates globally on disinfection and sterilisation, reprocessing standards, processing practices and infection prevention topics. Janet holds degree in Clinical Science and several certifications related to health care. She is currently chair-elect of the US AAMI Board of Directors and leads the US delegation for the Sterilization of Medical Devices Technical Committee at ISO. View the program for more details about our Quality and safety conference day.

 
We are excited to announce that the members for the 2022 ACORN Education Working Party (EWP) have been notified and ready to spring into action to educate our perioperative nursing community. The primary function of the EWP is to provide clinical insight and professional recommendations about the content of ACORN’s education courses, resources, programs and services to ensure they are consistent with legal, professional and industry standards and codes of practice, and reflect trends in newly published research and technical innovations as well as emerging scientific and biological issues. Stay tuned to the ACORN socials and Education website for member updates and progress on the ACORN EWP for 2022.

A heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful conference attendees and exhibitors who provided valuable and constructive feedback about the Perioperative Fundamentals conference day in the post-event survey. The comments and suggestions were wonderful, and we are able to provide them to our speakers, technical team and future attendees as well as use them to assist ACORN in its continued striving to provide our members with high-quality education and events. Of the attendee survey respondents 89 per cent stated that they are ‘likely to attend another ACORN conference’ and 93 per cent stated that they are ‘likely to recommend the events to a friend or colleague’. We know that the move to a virtual platform for the conference is a change in mindset, and we are grateful to those who attended and are planning to attend for their growth mindset.

Make sure to register for our Quality and Safety conference day on Saturday 21 May 2022.

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Webinar 6 April

Our Perioperative Fundamentals series of webinars continues on Wednesday 6 April at 2.00 pm (AEST). The Perioperative Fundamentals webinars have been designed to cover core perioperative nursing content. Due to education enquiries and consistent positive feedback from our members about previous Perioperative Fundamentals webinars this series will continue to provide high-quality information for perioperative nurses. If you would like to request a topic for future Perioperative Fundamentals webinars, please email this to education@acorn.org.au or submit an ACORN Education enquiry. These webinars are designed to educate nurses who are either new to the perioperative environment or feel that they would like a refresher session on fundamental perioperative topics.

Register here and join us as we discuss fluid and electrolytes.

 

BravuraApplications are open for the Bravura Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Scholarship. The Bravura LSO course is suitable for nurses working in a perioperative environment that uses lasers, personnel who need to have a comprehensive understanding of the operation and hazards of lasers and nurses working in a perioperative environment who require evidence of laser safety education for license application to Queensland Radiation Health, Government of Western Australia Radiological Council and the Tasmanian Government Radiation Protection Unit. All current ACORN members who have been members continuously for at least two years are eligible to apply. Apply nowApplications close 31 May 2022.

 

Webinar 9 MayIt has been 12 months since the Periop PhD Group was organically formed out of an ACORN 2021 discussion panel webinar. Education takes many forms, and peer-based learning is an effective tool to aid professional growth and development. The Periop PhD Group has grown and developed at such a rate; the group is keen to share their journey with the wider perioperative community. Please join us on Monday 9 May 2022 at 12 noon AEST for a panel Q&A webinar with the wonderful members of the Periop PhD Group. If you would like to submit any questions to the group in advance, please email them to education@acorn.org.au.

Register now for the webinar.

March 2022

The excitement of the ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series is well underway with our first conference day (Perioperative fundamentals) held on Saturday 26 February. We had a wonderful turnout of delegates and speakers to the ACORN virtual platform, engaging with the presentations, exhibition hall and meeting hub. Congratulations to our prize winners Tegan Elliott and Siew Perry who won the gamification prizes. Tegan won a Hotel Grand Chancellor voucher, to use anywhere in Australia, and Siew won a Village Cinemas double gold class voucher with food and beverages.

Make sure to get your tickets to our next conference day on Saturday 21 May 2022 (Quality and safety).

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There are only a couple of days left to apply for the ACORN Perioperative Mentorship Program (PMP). Be sure to be a part of the future innovation age of perioperative leadership. Applications close 2 March 2022. The PMP is a five-month virtual program with a combination of self-directed modules, interactive workshops and one-on-one mentor sessions. The platform has inspiring and innovative content, ready to be absorbed. We are excited to confirm that ACORN Fellows and ACORN Research Committee members are onboard and ready to mentor our first intake of future leaders. Scholarships are available for the program when you apply online.

The next instalment in our ‘Perioperative roles’ series of webinars is scheduled for Thursday 3 March 2022 at 4.00 pm ADST. We are joined by Monique White (RN) who will discuss her journey to become a Perioperative Services Manager. Monique has had several perioperative roles in her career and is kind enough to share her experiences with the wider perioperative nursing community. Here at ACORN, we want to shine a light on the amazing work our perioperative nurses are doing in all their varied clinical settings. Register now to attend this webinar.

Periop roles pic Applications for the Heather May Herrick scholarship close on 30 April 2022. The scholarship program is funded by Heather’s family in appreciation of the care Heather received from a nurse practitioner in the last months of her life. The scholarships aim to support more nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses to deliver services to people like Heather.

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The scholarships seek to support nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in delivering services with the priorities of pain management and palliative care as well as nurses who are working towards gaining nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse qualifications. It aims to connect future and new nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses with a network to build these roles within the community.

Our teams have been busy answering Education, Clinical and Professional Practice, and ACORN Standards queries, with a record number of enquiries for the month. The enquiry buttons were reactivated on 24 January 2022 after the holidays. The current count is 34 enquiries in less than four weeks! We are thrilled that our members are taking an active role in their workplaces and continuing professional development. Your enquiries, feedback and suggestions are appreciated and considered when planning education events and content. If you have an enquiry about education, clinical and professional practice, or the ACORN Standards, please contact us and select the relevant enquiry area. This will direct your enquiry to the appropriate team to respond.

Welcome to an exciting 2022! We have so many exciting events and opportunities for our ACORN members and the wider perioperative community that this year is filled with possibilities!

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The ACORN Perioperative mentorship program is here! We couldn’t be more excited to be able to offer this opportunity for innovative growth, leadership, mentoring and networking to our valued ACORN members. We have partnered with internationally recognised mentorship and coaching expert Dr Irena Yashim-Shaw to provide an interactive, engaging and innovative perioperative mentorship program. Submit your application from Wednesday 2 February 2022 via the ACORN website. Check out the ACORN website and socials for more details. 

Picture 2The ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series is just around the corner. With five whole days of original pioneering perioperative content, networking opportunities and exhibitors to explore, make sure that you have your ticket and are ready to learn. There are individual tickets available or get your colleagues together in your workplace and host your own mini-conference with our organisation packages. Each conference day has a focus on a crucial stream of perioperative nursing.

 

ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Days

  • Perioperative fundamentals (26 February)
  • Quality and safety (21 May)
  • Advanced nursing practice (23 July)
  • Leadership and mentoring (24 September)
  • Health and wellbeing (26 November)

Buy your tickets now. While it was a significant change to convert to a virtual format, we are sure the conference that will be engaging, interactive and inspiring. Our 3D mode of delivery and compatibility with multiple devices makes accessibility and functionality a breeze. We can’t wait to see you there!Picture 3

Keep your continual professional development up to date with our monthly webinars. These continue in 2022 with the latest in best practices and advancements of perioperative knowledge and technology. We continue our new Perioperative Fundamentals series of webinars with our next webinar topic being Surgical conscience on 2 February 2022 at 2.00 pm AEDT. Register for this webinar.

This year we are keen to expand our webinars about perioperative roles to showcase the diverse range of opportunities available within the perioperative environment. We continue to ensure that perioperative safety, legal/ethical considerations and pathophysiological content is also covered. If you are wanting to request a webinar on a particular topic, please contact the Education team to let us know your requests.

Picture 4We are in the final testing phase of our new ACORN Education learning platform. This platform will house all ACORN’s upcoming courses and programs that we know our members have been eagerly awaiting. Stay tuned to our website and socials for more updates on when we go live. We will have both live and self-paced courses available, with a diverse range of subjects to ensure that all our perioperative community can find something of interest. You will be able to complete courses on either a PC or a smart device, making education accessible and convenient wherever you are.

We are looking forward to a thrilling year ahead full of learning and development in a multitude of different ways. There are more projects, courses and initiatives to come as the year progresses. Thank you for your continued engagement, feedback and active participation in perioperative education! We are here to support you and provide the resources and services that you need. Let’s get learning!