ACORN Education news
Today is the last chance to submit your application for the ACORN Education Grants. ACORN is 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 close Friday 1st July 2022 at 5.00 pm AEST. Submit your application before then.
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 2.00–3.00 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.
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.
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.
We 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.
ACORN 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Applications 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 now. Applications close 31 May 2022.
It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register now for the webinar.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
The 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!
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.
We 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!
ACORN has been collaborating with the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health and the Australian Government to present webinars as part of CoHELP 2021.
The program, which is endorsed by the World Health Organization Papua New Guinea, delivers essential online training for the COVID-19 outbreak in Papua New Guinea. This training has been developed for all health care workers, students and volunteers, and it contains practical resources and scenario training. Our final webinar was conducted on Friday 19 November 2021 and was presented by Ruth Melville and a panel of wonderful speakers from Papua New Guinea.
November saw the launch of our ‘Perioperative roles’ series of webinars. The aim of this series is to shine a light on the diverse and incredible roles that can be undertaken in the perioperative environment.
We started the series with Emma Wildman from Calvary Bruce Private Hospital in the ACT. Emma was kind enough to share her journey and experiences in the role of Clinical Development Nurse which included commissioning new operating theatres, and the unique challenges that come with that. This webinar has been recorded and is available for viewing on the ACORN website.
You spoke and we have listened. On Saturday 13 November we held a webinar to feedback to our members the results of the Education survey from July and what we are doing at ACORN Education with the information survey participants gave us. There are a number of activities underway and more planned for the future – it’s a very exciting time moving forward! We also officially introduced the new ACORN Education streams to help provide structure and accessibility to our perioperative community. The webinar has been recorded and is available for viewing on the ACORN website.
In celebration of National Nurse Practitioner Day, and in collaboration with the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, we are excited to bring you a Q&A panel webinar to showcase and shine a light on the many varied roles of the Nurse Practitioner in Australia. Please join us on Thursday 9 December 2021 (2.00 pm AEDT) to celebrate this nursing discipline, with ACORN CEO Rebecca East as a panel member. This is a great opportunity for you to be able to share in the journey and ask questions or advice from our panel. Visit the ACNP website for more details.
We spend a great deal of time planning for the entrance of nurses into the perioperative environment but seldom consider the other end of the nursing career. At ACORN Education we are passionate about providing holistic perioperative education and that includes the whole spectrum of the perioperative nurse’s journey. Join us for a webinar on ‘Planning your retirement’ on Friday 10 December 2.00 pm AEDT for expert advice tailored to those in the perioperative nursing profession. This is not only for those nurses who are actively planning their retirement – this is important information for all nurses. Register now to attend this webinar.
We, at ACORN Education, wish all the best and plenty of rest over the holiday period. Ensure that you look after yourselves, your families and friends. You deserve it!
What a blast Perioperative Nurses Week 2021 was! Thank you to everyone who got involved – we loved seeing your photos, comments and videos. It was great to see our nurses having some fun! Some of the highlights of the week have to be the photo competitions – Fancy Footwear and Periop Mascot days.
We definitely have some creative perioperative nurses out there. It was so incredible to read the amazing nominations for the GLUE awards! Congratulations to Maree Whyte, who was the winner, and Penny Togo, who came runner up.
Our ACORN lip sync winners are Bethwyn McIldowie and the Mackay Hospital and Health Services team, who will receive Virtual Reality training gear for their department for a year! This will take immersive perioperative education to the next level for our nurses.
Once again, a big thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who helped make this week happen: Perrigo, Multigate, Johnson & Johnson, Sanita Australia, Nurses & Midwives Health, and Medtronic. Make sure to check out the ACORN website Perioperative Nurses Week 2021 or ACORN socials (Facebook and Instagram) to see the photos, videos and stories of the week.
Don’t forget the ACORN Education Survey 2021 feedback webinar on Saturday 13 November 11.00 am to 12.00 noon AEDT. This webinar will report on the results of the survey that was disseminated in July and let participants know what the future looks like for ACORN Education a result of this information. Register now.
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. Join us as Emma Wildman (RN) shares her experience and journey as a Perioperative Clinical Development Nurse on Wednesday 17 November 2.00–3.00 pm AEDT. This role involves handling the education requirements for surgical admissions, anaesthetic, instrumentation, circulation, PACU and CSSD staff over three levels of on-site learners – undergraduates, new graduates and perioperative transitional nurses. Register now to share in Emma’s journey.
Please join ACORN, and Ursula Armstrong (Manager of Assessments at the Health Care Complaints Commission) for a poignant and informative webinar ‘HCCC complaints and prevention’ on Friday 26 November 2.00–3.00 pm AEDT. Ursula worked as a solicitor in regional NSW and as a guest lecturer teaching law and ethics to midwifery students at Southern Cross University. Ursula has also previously worked as a registered nurse and midwife, so is well placed to provide valuable insight and knowledge to our perioperative community. This webinar will be followed by a Q&A forum for you to ask your own specific questions. If you would like to submit any questions in advance, please email them to email@example.com.
The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) has extended an invitation for ACORN members to attend the 81st AOA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held 8-10 November 2021. The AOA have included a special rate of $125 (incl. GST) per day for any nurses interested in attending.
It’s Perioperative Nurses Week!
This is a week to stop,and appreciate all of the wonderful work perioperative nurses do every single day. You work hard, you are there for the patient and each other, and you deserve to know how special you are.
ACORN is running competitions, prize giveaways, awards, events and more! Make sure to check out the our website, Facebook and Instagram for more details. We are grateful to our wonderful sponsors for their kind donations and involvement in recognising the perioperative nurses of Australia. Thank you to Multigate, Perrigo, Johnson & Johnson, Sanita Australia and Medtronic. Their ongoing support of our hardworking perioperative nurses is appreciated.
Perioperative nurses know how to have fun - that’s a fact! Choose your anthem, get those clogs moving and sing along to win big prizes! All you need to do is record 30 seconds of your best lip sync and dancing moves to one of the following songs:
- We are family (Sister Sledge)
- With a little help from my friends (Beatles).
Get as many periop team members in as possible! Tune in on Saturday 9 October to see the winning videos and prize ceremony! Submit your video via the ACORN Facebook competition post to win big! We have some incredible prizes to win thanks to our wonderful sponsor Perrigo Australia.
Do you work with a perioperative nurse that just keeps everyone together like glue? They are unique, and make the day-to-day perioperative life that much better. They are genuine and can make you laugh even on the toughest of days. Nominate this wonderful nurse for the ACORN GLUE award via ACORN Facebook nomination post! We have amazing prizes to win, courtesy of our sponsors Multigate. ACORN want to recognise those perioperative nurses who keep the team together.
Do you want to know what’s on for the upcoming month in education and events? Check out our What's on posters. These posters are available for redistribution among your perioperative team, printable to add to education notice boards and able to be used as PC backgrounds. This way you and your team can stay up-to-date with what education opportunities are coming your way!
We are launching a new, free webinar series, Perioperative fundamentals. 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 particular topics. Our first topic is ‘Wound closure’ on Monday 4 October. Places are still available, so register now. Make sure you pick up the code word during the webinar to go into the draw to win a prize!
The ACORN Three Minute Thesis (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. Join in via webinar on 7 October 2021 to see the entrants’ videos and the winner announced. Register for the webinar now.
ACORN WA is hosting their exciting conference in both a virtual and face-to-face format on 16 October 2021. This will be an exciting day for all who are attending. The ACORN WA Annual General Meeting will also be included within the conference. Register for the conference.