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June 2021

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ACORN Queensland have been busy but, unfortunately, not as busy as we would like to have been. We needed to postpone our Roadshow Education day #3 at the Wesley Hospital on 15 May due to the recent cyber attack experienced by this health service. All the participants who had registered for the event have received an email outlining the next step after this decision. We will advise when the event is going ahead again soon!

In the meantime, we have two more education days already planned and ready for your registrations.

Roadshow Education day #4: Saturday 12 June, 8.00 am to 1.30 pm (half-day program), at the Friendly Society Private Hospital, Bundaberg. This day is open for registration. I would like to thank Jo Lawler, Clinical Educator – Perioperative at the Friendly Society Private Hospital for organising and hosting this education day. See the  program for details of the assortment of diverse topics.

Roadshow Education day #5: Saturday 10 July, 8.00 am to 3.00 pm at Cairns Hospital. This day is open for registrations now too and we are hoping that members and non-members will consider a winter break to attend this education day in Cairns. We have invited ACORN CEO, Rebecca East, to this event to provide an update on the ACORN Roadmap Project and meet participants on the day. I would like to thank Caitlin Knell, our Treasurer and Committee member located in Cairns, who has put together a fabulous program.

We have also recently updated our education grants and look forward to receiving your application.  

Promoting Perioperative Nursing 

As many of us can attest to, perioperative nursing is a rewarding career where we care for one patient at a time as they undergo procedures that prolong or improve their quality of life.  The ACORN Queensland Committee is keen to host a virtual careers event where interested undergraduate students or graduate nurses can learn more about perioperative nursing and hear from some of our clinical nurse leaders from various universities. Stay tuned for more information.

State conference

Don’t forget to save Saturday 23 October 2021 for our State Conference, to be held in Toowoomba. It will be a great day and includes the ACORN Queensland Annual General Meeting.

To keep up to date with events and education days please consider following ACORN Queensland on Facebook and Instagram.

I look forward to catching up with many more members and non-members at our education days. I will be present, in person, at all the study days in 2021 (all going well) but if COVID 19 restrictions occur I will use our Zoom platform to be part of the planned Roadshow Education days. I am asking all Queensland members to get on board and come to support us in 2021. We would love to hear from you and encourage you to invite non-member colleagues to the study days.

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN Qld Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

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GPO Box 2518
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Welcome to our SAPNA report for June!

In April, the Education Committee organised another successful study day covering forensics within the operating theatre. While this mainly affects the bigger public hospitals, it was a very informative morning with lots to learn. Linda Starr spoke about the importance of the correct procedure for collecting evidence – for example, not cutting clothes off around a bullet hole – and storing evidence. The maintenance of the chain of evidence needs to be followed, especially if the evidence is to be part of a court case.

Jac gave us a great talk about the life of a prison nurse, its many trials and tribulations. It just shows the diversity within nursing and the great work that we all do in such different circumstances. To round off the day, Deb our ANUM now at Flinders Medical Centre, did a fantastic job in recounting her many experiences within theatre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital with patients requiring evidence to be preserved and the procedures to follow. We thank all the presenters for making this another great morning.

Our next education session is generously sponsored by Defries and supported by the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This will be held in the evening on June 22, starting with supper from 5.00 to 6.00 pm. The topic will be gynaecology and the session will have some very interesting presentations, so mark this date in your diary. It will be a good opportunity to network with your periop. colleagues as well as an enjoyable evening of education.

Planning for the SAPNA State Conference, ‘Great expectations – the power of connections’, is well underway with the program close to being finalised. Registrations open soon so keep an eye out for the flyer and take advantage of the early bird registration.

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In closing, the SAPNA Committee hopes you are all continuing to be COVID safe which enables us to continue to meet face to face as we move back to some sort of normality in our lives.

Cathie Hashemi

SAPNA President

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The VPNG Committee met for a mid-year planning meeting on Saturday 22 May. This meeting was very ‘post-pandemic’ being a hybrid meeting with some committee members joining in person and others via Zoom. It was a highly productive meeting with the acknowledgement that many of the objectives for the 2019 to 2021 period have now been met. These objectives were to provide our members with education, including education for novice perioperative nurses; financial support, through scholarships and grants for ongoing professional development, and networking opportunities. As the local association that links you to ACORN, we also endeavour to uphold professional values and standards of practice.

Our strategic objective of improving communication with our members has also been met via improvements to the website, a monthly VPNG Rep bulletin and our social media presence, which now includes Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. The Committee will continue to work hard to ensure that VPNG members benefit from being part of their local association and are committed to perioperative nursing professionalism.

The Committee is excited to renew the strategic plan at the end of the year for 2021 to 2023. There will be some changes to the Executive Committee and subcommittees as current committee members develop and take on leadership roles, and new members are welcomed onto the Committee. These changes will be communicated during our Annual General Meeting to be held at the State Conference on Saturday 17 July.

Two important education events are the State Conference, on 16 and 17 July 2021 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre, and the Country Conference, on 2 April 2022 at RACV Torquay. The conference theme, ‘Power of the past – Forging the future’, acknowledges the importance of reflection and building on existing knowledge to enable safe, quality perioperative nursing practice. We will be presenting scholarships and awarding honorary membership at the conference as well as presenting VPNG Service Awards and recognising Committee members. There will be a trade expo in addition to many exciting plenary speakers and expert surgical and perioperative nursing speakers. See the delegate brochure for details.

It will be VPNG’s 54th state conference and it would be wonderful to have as many members there as possible, so register now! I look forward to mingling and networking with you all during the ‘happy hour’ on Friday and throughout the conference. It will be my final event as VPNG President – a position I have felt privileged to hold. Thank you to all VPNG members for you continuing support over what has been a challenging period of time.

Tarryn Armour

VPNG President

 

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We had our second ‘Back to basics’ workshop on 15 May at Fremantle Hospital with a great turnout. Thank you to all our participants, presenters and suppliers for all your support and assistance.

The Executive committee are working on membership and we are sending out a new poster highlighting 20 benefits of ACORN Western Australia membership with a QR code link for new members.

We will be holding our state conference on 16 October 2021. Do contact us if you would like to see any topics that you think may be relevant to you.  

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

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May 2021

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The month of May is one of my favourite months. Not only does it mean that we should be having some ‘cooler’ autumn weather in many parts of our beautiful state, but we also have a number of celebrations – Labour Day on the 3rd of May, Mother’s Day on the 9th of May and, soon after, International Nurses Day on the 12th of May. And in our house my partner celebrates his birthday in the middle of the month too.

Study day in Brisbane

Our next Roadshow Event is in May too – in Brisbane, at the Wesley Hospital Auditorium, Auchenflower, on Saturday 15 May 2021 from 8.00 am to 3.00 pmClick here for more information. Hot topics for this study day include robotics, interventional radiology, cardiac catheter theatre, endoscopy and PACU. The sponsors for this event are Fischer and Paykel and Medtronics.

Membership pins 

The majority of ACORN Queensland members will have already received their annual renewal via email. Thank you for your feedback and notifications. One of the key strategies for the ACORN Queensland Committee in 2021 is to show how much we appreciate our members. To demonstrate this we designed and manufactured, with the assistance of Badge World, specially made ACORN Queensland membership pins. Look out in your mail box for your membership pin; they have been awarded to 2021 members who have shown continual financial membership in the following categories – 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years and 30 years. Life members will also be sent a badge of appreciation. Please start uploading a picture of yourself with your pin or badge to #ACORNQLD to help improve our social media presence.

Upcoming study days

Save the following dates for 2021 and plan to be part of a study day. 

Bundaberg – Saturday 12 June 2021 (half day) at Friendly Society Private Hospital

Cairns – Saturday 10 July 2021(full day) including an update from ACORN CEO Rebecca East

Toowoomba – Saturday 23 October 2021 (includes the Annual General Meeting)

I look forward to catching up with many more members and non-members at future education days. I will be present, in person, at all the study days in 2021 (all going well) but if COVID 19 restrictions occur I will use our Zoom platform to be part of the planned Roadshow Education days. I am asking all Queensland members to get on board and come to support us in 2021. We would love to hear from you and encourage you to invite non-member colleagues to the study days. Also, if you know a friendly trade partner rep that may be able to assist with sponsoring one of the events we have planned please contact me at president@acornqld.org.au.

In closing, I would like to share a poem by Kathy R Jeffords (2013) with you and encourage the mothers among you to take time to reflect on the dual roles you have as nurse and mother.

Dear Mum,

Like a nurse, you take care of what hurts.

Like a map, you help us find my way.

Like a superhero, you can save the day.

Like a library, you share your knowledge.

Like legs, you allow us to stand on our own two feet.

Like a therapist, you always listen.

Like a tissue, you dry our tears.

Like the ocean, you’re always there.

Like no one else, you love us.

Like home, you are where our hearts are.

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN Qld Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

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Even though it’s still autumn in Victoria, no one has told the weather and we appear to have skipped straight into winter conditions. I hope you are all keeping warm and well. The COVID-19 vaccine roll out is limping along and I hope that many of you have received at least your first dose. It seems timely to also remind you to ensure you keep up to date with your influenza vaccine as well. The last thing we want this winter is to contend with a flu outbreak.

The Events Subcommittee are busy finalising arrangements for the State Conference. With the theme ‘Power of the past – forging the future’, the conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July. Registrations are now open! We have extended early bird registration to 21 May to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of early bird prices. Register now so you don’t miss out.

You can download the delegate brochure to see the full program. We have many exciting speakers who will inspire you as well as keep you up to date with current guidelines, issues and trends affecting perioperative nursing practice.

We are also excited to recognise our scholarship and grant winners at the State Conference. This year has seen an unprecedented number of applications for our Sr Mary Felix / June Allen Scholarship for postgraduate study. Thanks to everyone who applied. Our Education Subcommittee is busy reviewing and ranking these applications.

In closing, I hope to see as many of you as possible at the State Conference. Rest assured that the venue and our processes will be COVID safe. It will be a great opportunity for us to once again meet face to face as we find our way to COVID-normal.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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April 2021

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Easter holidays are nearly here and for many of us this means a few extra days off to spend with our family and friends. Also in April our nation celebrates ANZAC day. In late 2019 I visited the Australian Services Nurses National Memorial in Canberra. The memorial is a short walk from the main War Memorial buildings and is made of glass and etched into the inner walls are text and images in a timeline portraying the history and contribution of Australian Service Nursing. I would highly recommend a personal visit to this memorial if you’re planning to visit Canberra or if you have the time click here to learn more about this place of pride!

Study day in Rockhampton 

Building on from the education day in Bundaberg in February, was our second education day at the Learning and Development building at Rockhampton Hospital. Approximately 35 members and non-members registered for the day, with the majority of participants attending online and a dozen perioperative nurses attending in person. Two health care partner companies, Stryker and 3M, sponsored the education day.

Simone Platzke, our local committee host, provided the welcome to county. This was followed by Joy Jensen, ACORN Queensland President, discussing the importance of self-care – believing in yourself is the first step in realising your full potential. It doesn’t matter how others view you. Stop caring what others think of you and don’t worry about your title you have or don’t have. No one will believe you unless you believe in yourself.  

Penny Vanderberg, a local Rockhampton graduate perioperative nurse, provided a fabulous insight into how it feels for graduate nurses prior to commencing the transition perioperative practice program and the reality of the big transition from graduating to starting work in the operating theatre environment. She highlighted the importance of inclusiveness and included as part of her presentation an interactive Kahoot! – a game-based learning platform. Next Pam Starr, CN Mater Hospital, provided an overview of urological stone management, including the surgical history of urinary stones management, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment solutions. Take-home notes included foods to avoid to decrease the development of urinary stones! A practical demonstration on aseptic technique draping was provided by Michelle Havik. The presentation focused on preventing surgical site infection by practicing good hand hygiene, utilising appropriate PPE, enforcing environmental controls, AANT and aseptic field management, including prepping and draping. Both 3M and Stryker provided an update on new or emerging equipment relevant to perioperative nursing practice and the environment.

After lunch, Ruth Melville, provided a comprehensive overview of accreditation – what to expect, – and national standards for health and safety. Understanding your role and how it relates to patient safety and quality is important; even if you are not a clinician, you play an important role in keeping patients safe. Participate in education about the standards and keep yourself informed of changes or improvement projects going on in your area. Examples of evidence that can be used in support of accreditation include data, training documents, policy documents, committee and meeting records, communication with staff and consumers, observations – presence of clinical practice, health care records, and signage. Audits can include, discharge summary dashboards, CARE audits, clinical handover audits and perioperative patient journey audits.   I would like to personally thank Simone Platzke who, with the assistance of a small group of dedicated Rockhampton perioperative nurses, organised the day.

Upcoming study days

The education roadshow continues and our next study day is going to be held in Brisbane, at the Wesley Hospital Auditorium, Auchenflower, on Saturday 15 May 2021 from 8.00 am to 3.00 pmClick here for more information. Hot topics for this study day include a Robotics, Interventional radiology, Cardiac Catheter Theatre, Endoscopy and PACU.

Save the following dates for 2021 and plan to be part of a study day.

Bundaberg – Saturday 12 June 2021 (half day) at Friendly Society Private Hospital

Cairns – Saturday 10 July 2021(full day) including an update from ACORN CEO Rebecca East

Toowoomba – Saturday 23 October 2021 (includes the Annual General Meeting)

I look forward to catching up with many more members and non-members at future education days. I will be present, in person, at all the study days in 2021 (all going well) but if COVID 19 restrictions occur I will use our Zoom platform to be part of the planned Roadshow Education days. I am asking all Queensland members to get on board and come to support us in 2021. We would love to hear from you and encourage you to invite non-member colleagues to the study days. Also, if you know a friendly trade partner rep that may be able to assist with sponsoring one of the events we have planned please contact me at president@acornqld.org.au.

New postal address

After many years of having a PO box in Brisbane city, the committee agreed to close this and organise a PO box at Northlakes – just north of Brisbane. ACORN Queensland’s new mailing address is now

PO Box 1576

Northlakes

QLD 4509

The majority of ACORN Qld members, will have already received annual renewal notices via email. Thank you for feedback and notifications.

The Committee is also in the process of updating the Education Grant application form and process. Keep an eye out on the website for updates.

During the month of April I would like to wish each and every one health, prosperity, longevity and peace this Easter. And on the 25 April we commemorate our diggers, it is a day to thank them for their service and remember those who died defending our freedom. Lest we forget!

Warmest wishes 

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN Qld Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

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Virtual Professional Development Day 

The inaugural VPNG Virtual Professional Development Day was held on Saturday 27 March. with a diverse range of speakers covering topics including emergence delirium, making a difference overseas with Mercy Ships, crisis resource management from a rural perspective, a perioperative perspective of organ donation and the latest in using robotics and 3D printing to treat arthritis and tumours in orthopaedic surgery. Over 100 participants registered to attend via a series of Zoom webinar rooms. VPNG is proud to have offered this opportunity for continuing professional where participants can connect and listen in to the comfort of their own homes from all across Victoria. I would like to thank everyone for their support of this form of education delivery.

State Conference

While the March professional development day was successfully offered in a virtual format, the 2021 State Conference will provide delegates the opportunity to once again meet face to face. I think we can all agree that it has been too long! Our last state conference was held in August 2019 and we are delighted to be holding the 2021 State Conference on 16 and 17 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with the theme ‘Power of the past – forging the future’. Registration is now open!

The Events Subcommittee have an exciting program planned with a focus on workshops and valuing past experiences to help guide future developments. Rachael Robertson will open the conference with her keynote address. Rachael is a prominent inspirational speaker who is highly acclaimed. She will share how she led and inspired her team during a long tough year in the Antarctic. Rachael gives practical advice that can be applied within any workplace to improve team cohesion. This is not to be missed! Following Rachael will be Bryan Jeffrey, an expert in occupational violence and aggression who explores whether zero tolerance in nursing is achievable. The program on Friday has a focus on practical workshops from Rachael and Bryan. Samuel Johnson will open the proceedings on Saturday 17 July with a keynote address about his service to cancer research support organisations and his new book, co-written with his older sister Hilde Hinton. Sam will also be available to sign books in the trade exhibition following his address.

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The conference program includes a broad range of topics covering intraoperative, anaesthetic and post-operative nursing, presented by expert clinicians. Topics include infection prevention, volunteering, preceptorship, de-escalation and managing behaviours of concern, mental health and self-care, transgender surgery, minimising surgical plume, career development, managing difficult conversations, ACORN Standards Roadmap project, ANZCA guidelines and surgical advancements, to name just a few. The conference will be closed by Zule – a wonderfully talented nurse who’s show ‘Triage Cabaret’ will have you simultaneously laughing and breaking out in dance! Once again the Trade Exhibition is an integral part of the conference providing an opportunity for VPNG members to remain informed of the latest advances in perioperative nursing. After the program on Friday, a ‘Networking happy hour’ will be held within the trade exhibition space and will be a great way to celebrate the first day of the conference and catch up with old and new friends before heading out into South Wharf for the evening.

VPNG has COVID-safe plans in place and will work with the venue to ensure the safety of all attendees. There will be a contactless registration and check in via QR codes. 

For information about the conference program and speakers, please refer to the delegate brochure.

Register now to get an early bird ticket at discounted prices. The VPNG Committee look forward to seeing you there! 

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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On 20 March we held the first of our series of ‘Back to basics’ workshops in perioperative nursing.

Topics ranged from team time out to sterility, aseptic technique, prepping and draping, sutures, haemostasis and surgical plume. The highlight of the workshop was seeing the Rockingham General Hospital's lecture theatre floor covered with drapes as our nurses practised their draping. Due to popular demand, our next ‘Back to basics’ workshop will be held at Fremantle Hospital on 15 May 2021. Details of the program and booking will be available via email closer to the date.

Besides the ‘Back to basics’ workshops, the executive committee are working towards having our conference in October. If there is a topic or issue you would like to see at the conference, please send your suggestions to us. We are also always looking for perioperative nurses who would like to share their expertise. Send all queries to  enquiries@acornwa.org.au.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

 

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March 2021

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As we approach a new season in 2021, did you know that February 2021 was a perfect rectangular month? This means that the first day of the month starts on a Monday and the last day of the month ends on a Sunday. Thus, the calendar has four rows of seven which makes a perfect rectangle. Pretty cool right?  

Study day in Bundaberg

Our first education day in 2021 was a great successIt was held at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School in Bundaberg – a spacious, centrally located venue near Bundaberg Hospital. Approximately forty Wide Bay nurses attended the study day and another twenty people ‘zoomed’ in remotely to participate in the wide range of presentations and discussions. The opening presentation was given by the Executive Director of Nursing for Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, Fiona Sewell, who reminded us of the significance of reflecting on why we became a nurse – perhaps it was to make a difference in people’s lives?  Other speakers for the day included Geraldine Griffiths, who gave us insight into perioperative patient pain management; Nick Nijkamp, who provided an insightful presentation on holistic patient care in the perioperative setting; Damien Gaddes, who engaged the participants in the initiative(s) of using WhatsApp in the workplace; Penny Heidke, who gave an update on her perioperative patient inadvertent hypothermia research project and Monica Mooney, who discussed how the ACORN practice audit tools (PATs) are being used in the workplace. I would like to thank all our generous local speakers for supporting the study day. Similarly, big thanks to our local ACORN Queensland Committee members Sue Wright and Nick Nijkamp for organising and coordinating the education day. The study day was very engaging and participants enjoyed the opportunity to network and discuss key perioperative nursing topics and issues.

Other study days

The roadshow continues and our next study day is going to be held in Rockhampton in the Learning and Development Centre at Rockhampton Hospital on Saturday 13 March from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm. Click here for more info. Hot topics for this study day include a graduate’s perspective of  the ACORN Standards, orthopaedic and urology updates and how the national standards link with our perioperative practice and hospital accreditation. 

Save the following dates for 2021 and plan to be part of a study day. We have moved the Brisbane education day from November to May. This will enable members and non-members everywhere in the state to plan. 

Brisbane – Saturday 15 May 2021 (note new date)

Cairns – Saturday 10 July 2021

Toowoomba – Saturday 23 October 2021 (includes the Annual General Meeting)

I look forward to catching up with many more members and non-members at future education days. I will be present, in person, at all the study days in 2021 (all going well) but if COVID 19 restrictions occur I will use our Zoom platform to be part of the planned Roadshow Education days. I am asking all Queensland members to get on board and come to support us in 2021. We would love to hear from you and encourage you to invite non-member colleagues to the study days. Also, if you know a friendly trade partner rep that may be able to assist with sponsoring one of the events we have planned please contact me at president@acornqld.org.au.

In closing I would like to thank Nick Nijkamp for his service on the ACORN Queensland Committee. Nick has notified us that he will be resigning from the committee to take on a new clinical educator role. He joined the committee in January 2019 and has been operationally supporting our communications and technical portfolio – streamlining Facebook and Instagram posts and introducing the committee to Canva. Nick is a passionate perioperative nurse, clinical educator and future leader. 

Food for thought: you may be going through a challenge right now; it may be difficult, it may appear to be insurmountable but remember this – every season has a purpose. Be strong because things will get better, it may be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever. 

Warmest wishes 

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN Qld Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

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Firstly, welcome to the first full SAPNA report in 2021. Everyone is farewelling 2020 well and truly but luckily for SAPNA and South Australia it wasn’t too bad.

We had a great time at Hahndorf for our 50th anniversary celebrations and Country Study Weekend, while still observing COVID precautions. Thanks to all our members who attended our first face-to-face event for a long while. We had our Zoom educations sessions in 2020 and are glad to be back to face-to-face education sessions in 2021.

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February 27 was our first session for the year – ‘The Eyes Have It’ sponsored by ALCON and held at Flinders Private Hospital. Thank you to all our presenters and members who attended.

Save these dates for the rest of the year:

April 10

June22 (an evening session)

August 7

December 4.

 

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Also save the 17 and 18 September for our conference ‘Great expectations – the power of connections’ at the Adelaide Oval. Look out for the flyer at your workplace on your SAPNA boards and go to the SAPNA website for all the latest information. The website is in the process of being updated so it should be a one-stop shop for all information and future events. We are hoping to grow our membership this year to 500 again and we will have some more news on that next month. Until then stay safe and best wishes.

Cathie Hashemi

SAPNA President

 

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As Victorians have endured another lockdown period and plans for 2021 remain ambiguous, I want to remind all perioperative nurses to be kind to themselves and to take time out to look after your mental health, however you may do that – talking with a friend, going for a walk, cooking, reading … make sure you find something that fills your bucket.

Fortunately, the lockdown lifted prior to the commencement of our ‘Introduction to perioperative nursing’ course at LaTrobe Regional Health (LRH) in Traralgon. This allowed four of our dedicated committee members, in collaboration with LRH staff, to provide 30 participants with content about the fundamentals of perioperative nursing. This course also allows participants to experience practical sessions, such as airway management, surgical hand antisepsis and gowning and gloving. The event went ahead with COVID-safe plans in place to ensure the protection of all in attendance. I would like to thank all those who attended in addition to everyone involved in the planning and provision of this course. It remains a highly valuable and sought-after course with positive feedback from participants.

VPNG has developed a COVID-safe plan for all our events to ensure that we can continue to provide perioperative nurses with continuing professional development opportunities. At our future events, VPNG will work with the venue operators to ensure contactless registration, QR code check-ins, electronic programs, hand sanitiser stations, masks, capacity limits and physical distancing. This will be monitored by COVID-safe officers from the VPNG Committee. All VPNG Committee members will complete COVID-safe training provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These measures will enable our events to continue during 2021 as we navigate various strains of the coronavirus. VPNG will continue to follow all government advice and regulations.

Our inaugural Virtual Professional Development Day is on Saturday 27 March from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. Register to attend at https://vpng.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/32061-2021-virtual-professional-development-day.

We have a full program that includes five speakers each talking about a diverse range of topics from managing emergence delirium in paediatric patients to crisis resource management in rural settings to the latest in robotic and 3D printing developments in orthopaedic surgery.

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201027_VPNG_StateConf2021_Poster-A4_72DPI_SAVE-THE-DATEThe VPNG Committee is now fully focused on planning the State Conference ‘Power of the Past – Forging the Future’ which will be held on 16 and 17 July. Plenary speakers include Samuel Johnson (Love Your Sister) who will speak about his new book and travels around the country with his sister. Samuel is extremely charismatic and I am excited to hear his stories which will remind us of the preciousness of life and the richness of connecting with people around us. We are also delighted to introduce Rachael Robertson as a plenary speaker. Rachael led a team to Antarctica and shares her experience, inspirational stories and the lessons she learnt about leadership skills and managing conflict. Additionally, there will be some light-hearted entertainment from Zule in her ‘Triage Cabaret’ show helping us to see the funny side of nursing in a talented and unique way. Registration will open soon and we hope to see you all there! It will be wonderful to connect with each other once again and to share stories and learn from each other in the fabulous Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Finally, don’t forget to apply for a VPNG scholarship or grant. There are several available for postgraduate study and continuing professional development. Online applications close 31 March – don’t miss out!

Stay safe, stay well.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

February 2021

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Happy new year, fellow Queenslanders! 

What are your professional or personal life goals for 2021? Here are some of mine!

  • Improving my physical wellbeing
  • Establishing good work–life balance
  • Being grateful for my job
  • Taking care of my mental well-being 
  • Being more present

The ACORN Queensland Committee have one great big goal in 2021 and that is to engage and empower our members to advance and promote excellence in perioperative practice through all professional standards. In part, this will be achieved by hosting regular education days and networking with our members, non-members and trade partners throughout 2021.

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Study day in Bundaberg

If you’re reading this in early February, then it’s not too late to register for our first education day in Bundaberg on Saturday 6th February 2021. Register now! Two of our committee members, Nick and Sue, have organised a fantastic study day featuring presentations on holistic perioperative patient care, perioperative hypothermia, use of WhatsApp in the workplace and leadership insights from local nursing leaders as well as updates on the ACORN Standards. 

I will be present, in person, at all the study days in 2021 (all going well) but if COVID 19 restrictions occur I will use our Zoom platform to be part of the planned Roadshow Education days. I am asking all Queensland members to get on board and come to support us in 2021. We would love to hear from you and encourage you to invite non-member colleagues to the study days. Also, if you know a friendly trade partner rep that may be able to assist with sponsoring one of the events we have planned please contact me at president@acornqld.org.au.

Other study days 2021

Save the following dates for 2021 and be part of a study day. Start planning a short break away or holiday incorporating a day of professional development. Or contact one of our committee members if you would like to participate in planning one of our events or even host a study day! (With our support and assistance, of course.) 

Rockhampton – Saturday 13 March 2021

Cairns – Saturday 10 July 2021

Toowoomba – Saturday 23 October 2021

Brisbane – Saturday 20 November 2021

Celebrating our members

Currently, we have a very active and growing membership of 952 members. And we’d really love to have 1000 members by the end of 2021. Throughout 2021, we will be acknowledging new members and celebrating current members’ membership milestones (see table below).

Membership milestone

Number of members
(at January 2021)

Life Members

13

30 Years

3

25 Years

30

20 Years

32

15 Years

78

10 Years

132

5 Years

190

1 Year

92

New members (under 1 year)

227

International Year of Health and Care Workers 

2021 has been named the International Year of Health and Health Care Workers (YHCW) by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This global recognition is designed to highlight the dedication and sacrifice of millions of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACORN Queensland would like to thank our members and all Queensland health care workers for their sense of caring and community. 

Until next month, here are some new thoughts to ponder: New year marks a new beginning – new people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create!

Warmest wishes

Joy Jensen
ACORN Queensland President

 

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Happy new year! I do hope that you had the opportunity for a break over the christmas and new year period with the chance to regenerate after an exhausting year. We will all need to maintain our energies as we commence another challenging year.

Reflecting on 2020, while there were challenges there were also some silver linings:

  • we all learnt how to use video conferencing software allowing us to connect with people despite being physically dispersed
  • we learnt to enjoy home cooking – especially sourdough
  • we learnt to enjoy our local area and get to know our neighbours
  • we all realised the need to be flexible and to ‘pivot’
  • we also all became amateur epidemiologists and virologists!

I am sure you will have some silver linings of your own to add to this list. 2021 will no doubt bring further challenges, but I believe we will be better prepared for what may eventuate.

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Educational opportunities

VPNG is committed to providing Victorian perioperative nurses with educational opportunities this year, through a range of events as well as our scholarships and grants.

VPNG scholarships and grants are for postgraduate education and continuing professional development. Applications are now open. Please apply before 31 March.

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Some of the educational events this year:

Please go to the VPNG website for the latest information.

You can also keep up to date with current activities via our Facebook page. Just search for Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group.

We are also seeking perioperative nurses to speak at the State Conference. It’s always terrific to hear what has been happening in perioperative departments across the state and to share ideas and learn from each other. If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract.

I wish everyone all the very best for the year to come.

Warmest wishes

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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Happy new year! Best wishes to all our members for 2021 as we transition into the new year apprehensive of COVID-19, quarantine and everything else that comes with it. ACORN Western Australia (WA) ended the year with a visit to theatres at Bunbury Regional Hospital and St John of God Bunbury where we were warmly welcomed by all the Bunbury perioperative nurses. We met with lots of young, enthusiastic nurses who wanted to know more about what ACORN WA and ACORN national have to offer and how to access the ACORN Standards at work.

Looking ahead to this year, the Executive committee will be planning study days and workshops that will be rolled out in Perth and also in the country hospitals throughout 2021. Let us know what would you like ACORN WA to assist you with for your professional development.

Plans are underway for our annual conference which will be held later this year. Watch this space for more information. We have had requests for sessions focusing on the ACORN Standards, draping, sutures, the surgical count and team time out. These are important topics for perioperative practices and we are keen to hear from nurses who would like to present and share their knowledge. If you would like to, or know of an expert in these areas who you would like to hear speak, please contact enquiries@acornwa.org.au.

We look forward to working with you and all our members across Western Australia and welcome any suggestions you have to help us provide you with a better service.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

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Happy new year!

Our face-to-face education sessions are starting on February 13. Keep an eye out for emails!

We are all looking forward to 2021 for an exciting new year of education, including the State Conference on 17 and 18 September at Adelaide Oval.

See you soon

Cathie Hashemi

SAPNA President

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December 2020

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Hello fellow Queenslanders!

As the year ends, its timely to reflect on 2020.  How will you remember 2020?

  • The year of the Nurse and Midwife.
  • The year where true leaders emerged out of sticky situations.
  • The year of chaos with some hope.
  • The year where hygiene and sanitation took priority over other things.
  • The year where we cared for each other through fires, storms, floods and a pandemic.
  • The year where we came together!

Everyone will have a ‘story’ to tell about the year 2020 – but did you realise that 2020 is special for another quite benignreason?  2020 is like 1616, 1717, 1818 and 1919, because the first two digits match the second two digits. Being alive in 2020 is special because this is the only year you are likely to live through where the first two digits will match the second two digits!  

Throughout 2020 ACORN Queensland has continued to promote perioperative nursing through education and study days as well as support perioperative research and development.

The recently appointed ACORN Queensland Inc. 2021 Management Committee have met and are keen to take on next year with many more metro and rural education and study days.

As the year ends the ACORN Queensland committee would like to join with our members and celebrate the festive spirit by holding a ‘virtual’ celebration on Friday 18 December between 7.00 and 9.00 pm.  A zoom link will be sent and available to members to join with others and celebrate together. We are hoping many members throughout the state will log on and wish each other a happy festive season. We look forward to joining with you in celebrating, whether it be for a short time or longer, it is an opportunity to organise a get-together or join with your family, friends and colleagues and ‘raise a glass’ to wish each other a happy and blessed time. Watch out for the upcoming socials information. 

The 2021 education roadshow will kick off in Bundaberg. It will be held on Saturday 6 February, closely followed by a study day in Rockhampton on Saturday 13 March. Hopefully this early notice will enable members and non-members to organise their rosters to be available to attend either events. A full program will be available in due course. We also welcome and invite our industry partners who are interested in supporting us to make contact. 

I look forward to 2021 and especially wish to thank each and all our members for your support and commitment to perioperative nursing and ACORN Queensland. In closing I would like to wish you and your families an extra measure of comfort, joy and hope this Christmas.

Have your best Christmas ever!

Joy Jensen
ACORN Queensland President

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It certainly has been a challenging year for all individuals, families and health care workers both overseas and in Australia. In Victoria, we endured a second wave, and are now emerging from a prolonged period of restrictions to a much celebrated period of no new cases, or ‘double doughnuts days’. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all Victorians on this extraordinary effort. I hope that across Australia, we are able to maintain low numbers of cases of COVID-19 and sustain our health care organisations and the health of the wider population. 

We have had a rocky year with much uncertainty and, as an organisation, VPNG has been flexible enough to change and adapt our normal business. The Committee hopes that from next year, we can begin to offer our usual range of events and courses. We have a regional study day planned for 27 March, in Shepparton, followed by our State Conference on 16 and 17 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for the conference is ‘Power of past – forging the future’. This theme recognises the valuable experience of our past and the lessons we should bring with us into the future. Please save the date, there will be more information over the coming weeks. You can keep up to date with the latest information via our website www.vpng.org.au.

VPNG have also created a new ‘Members only’ section of our website. Members now have exclusive access to our webinar recordings, Snippets newsletter, powerpoint presentations and teaching and learning resources. Members can login using their TidyHq (member registration) username and password.

VPNG wishes all our members a happy holiday season. I hope you have the opportunity to go exploring in our beautiful state and enjoy the festivities and the sunshine.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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As we look back on 2020, we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief and be thankful for all we have here in Australia.

COVID-19 is here to stay and we have all changed the way we live and work in a world that will never be quite the same after this crisis has passed. 

As perioperative nurses, we have shown ourselves to be flexible, adaptable and, above all, resilient. Do take time out to care for yourself and reach out to your team members. Due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic, it has become even more important to provide more opportunities for self-care and appreciation.

The Executive committee will be busy planning more study days for next year. Do let us know if you would like us to visit your hospital or, alternatively, host a study day for all members to attend. We welcome your suggestions and would like to encourage more participation at every level to grow perioperative nursing in Western Australia. Contact us via email – we would be happy to catch up with you. Hope you all have a safe and joyous christmas and happy new year for 2021.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

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November 2020

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What a year it has been – both professionally and personally. 

We have certainly been lucky in The Territory during COVID-19 with our ability to move freely, the possibility of having local events and minimal restrictions in our personal life; however, in our professional life we have all been busy preparing for when coronavirus does present in The Territory. As we open our borders, including to returning expats, we are certainly maintaining our professional vigilance.

The pandemic has had huge impact on NTPNA decision making, in particular decisions about our educational opportunities. We have implemented changes to our educational program with our current professional restrictions influencing the focus of the NTPNA Executive for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. We are aiming to commence a local roadshow early in 2021, to go to all our local sites, using the members and the executive committee to promote all the benefits of being an NTPNA member. 

The NTPNA Executive have been working behind the scenes to update our governance to ensure  processes are in place and enable a smooth succession. To date we have initiated a Code of Conduct for the members, updated our constitution to reflect current practice, and commenced work on the update of our administration manual. We have also made the decision to divide terms of members of the executive committee with the aim of retaining corporate knowledge for future executive committees. Nominations for the roles of secretary and treasurer will be available at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The NTPNA celebrated perioperative nurses week by providing a goodie bag to our members, this is to acknowledge their membership and encourage promotion of the NTPNA in the local sites. I do hope the members enjoyed receiving these. 

Don’t forget our upcoming AGM. An email will be sent to members with all the details. 

Until next time, stay safe. Let us all close the chapter on 2020 as best we can in readiness to embrace 2021.

Natalie Hannell
NTPNA President

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Study day and AGM

ACORN Queensland Inc. held a combined study day and annual general meeting (AGM) on 24 October 2020.  The participants had the opportunity to attend in person at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) Auditorium or attend online via Zoom.  The topics covered by speakers included quality improvement during perioperative handover, the ACORN standard ‘Budget preparation and monitoring’, promoting evidence-based practice in perioperative settings through aligning with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS Standards), the logistics of PPE during a pandemic, implementing an integrated service for RMDs and a panel discussion regarding the perioperative setting during COVID-19. A total of 30 people attended in person and another ten via Zoom. I would like to thank Ruth Melville and her team of Sunshine Coast staff who assisted in hosting the study day and organised the venue and a great line up of speakers.

The AGM was also a time to award and celebrate a new Life Member – Kim Armstrong.  Kim has been an ACORN Queensland member since mid-1999 and has been an active committee member of both the PNAQ Sunshine Coast Branch since 2007 and the State Committee from 2008 to 2019. Throughout her 21 years of membership she has made a significant contribution in terms of time, effort and commitment by undertaking the roles of Web Coordinator, Technology Officer, Conference Secretariat, and state and branch Conference Convenor just to name a few.   Congratulations Kim on this achievement. 

In addition at the AGM, several committee members retired from the Committee, namely Justine Vost (Secretary) and Ashleigh Mellor. Joy Jensen was elected as the new president, and Elaine Loots has agreed to move into the past president and secretary role.  The Treasurer role will be appointed in the coming months.

Strategic planning

On the 25 October, the newly elected Management Committee held their strategic and planning meeting.  Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this was the first time since the 2019 AGM that the majority of the committee members have had the opportunity to meet face to face. The elected 2021 committee members are located throughout Queensland – Caitlin Knell in far north in Cairns, Danielle Torrisi in Townsville, Simone Platzke in Rockhampton, Nick Nijkamp and Sue Wright in Bundaberg, Donna Stevens in the Gold Coast and Elaine Loots, Joy Jensen and Jaime Williams in Brisbane.  The committee focused planning around the vision for 2021 – How can ACORN Queensland make a difference? 

Some of the strategies discussed were: 

  • empowering all perioperative nurses in Queensland to have a voice by encouraging involvement in ACORN Queensland study/education days  
  • increasing member visibility as a way of communicating the benefits of becoming a member of ACORN Queensland
  • celebrating and recognising the ‘stars’ in our workplaces who strive to follow the ACORN standards and promote patient safety at the heart of perioperative nursing 
  • providing professional network opportunities to unite perioperative nurses throughout Queensland
  • mentoring young perioperative leaders on the committee and fostering local engagement with hospital and health services
  • connecting with other state professional bodies on issues concerning perioperative practice
  • collaborating with national bodies on matters pertaining to perioperative practice
  • supporting Queensland members by offering professional development, study and education days, research grants and scholarships
  • continuing to engage with health care partners to support education/study days
  • growing the online communications platforms that help us connect, e.g. Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • working smarter not harder!

Joy Jensen
ACORN Queensland President

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Webinars

In October, VPNG hosted a number of webinars as well as our first online Annual General Meeting (AGM). Webinars continue to be well attended and receive positive feedback. On Tuesday 20 October, Dr Julian Grace provided a webinar on Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) Affirmative Practice. Julian is the Project Lead and Lead Trainer for the Transgender and Gender Diverse in Community Health project as part of Thorne Harbour Health. This training was provided as part of a ground-breaking state-wide initiative providing evidence-based, TGD-led training packages created by and for health professionals. In this session participants learnt about creating safer health care environments for TGD people, appropriate language and cultural sensitivity, current evidence and research, common avenues of gender affirmation including medical pathways, and how to apply affirmative practice in a clinical environment. VPNG is proud to be a part of delivering this training in order to provide more inclusive care to Victorian surgical patients who identify as transgender or gender diverse.

Annual General Meeting

On Saturday 24 October, VPNG held our first online AGM which was followed by a webinar given by Dr Pat Nicholson entitled ‘Are we advocating the real image of nursing?’ This webinar highlighted the many opinions held by the public that have been derived from the image of nursing projected through movies and television fiction since the early 1950s. Pat discussed how these popular images of nurses have failed to reflect the changing conditions in the profession, with nurses portrayed either as a background to the drama or the focus being on physical characteristics and personal problems rather than professional issues. With 2020 being the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it was salient to consider how assumptions made about nurses and their contribution to safe patient care can, to a large extent, determine the future of the nursing profession. This presentation included an overview of the changing image of nursing in motion pictures and medical drama and highlighted the importance of speaking out loudly for nursing. 

2021 events

VPNG have also started planning our events for 2021. These include a Regional Professional Development Day and the State Conference to be held in Melbourne. The theme for the State Conference is ‘Power of the past – forging the future’ which allows us to recognise our mentors and individuals who have been instrumental in shaping current perioperative practices as well as emerging perioperative leaders who will be shaping the future of perioperative nursing practice. There will be more information on our website and our social media sites over the coming months. I encourage you to mark the 16 and 17 July 2021 in your diaries for what will be a wonderful re-introduction to face-to-face conference events for perioperative nurses after the challenges that Victorians have faced through the 2020 pandemic.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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ACORN WA had our Rural Study day on 3 October in Bunbury. There was a great turnout from our country members and the day was well supported by trade.

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We also shared cupcakes with everyone to celebrate Perioperative Nurses Week.

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October 2020

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Firstly, let me remind you about the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACORN Queensland Inc. which has been scheduled, in conjunction with an education day, for 24 October 2020, 12.00 noon at Sunshine Coast University Hospital Auditorium.

Building greater resilience is not optional

Building greater resilience is more crucial than ever for sustained leadership effectiveness. Nevertheless, resilience is not just your ability to push through to achieve long term goals – it is also about elite performance every day.

Resilience is the key factor that differentiates a leader’s performance over time, and rightly so as we are aware that skills and knowledge can be matched.

Resilience is defined as the ability to adapt to change, bounce back from setbacks and to keep ploughing ahead despite adversity. However, from this definition you may think that resilience is the ability to survive only the long haul. Actually, there are two types of resilience, short-term (sprint) and long-term (marathon).

Short-term resilience is the ability to handle your daily challenges at work, staying on top of the priorities and responsibilities that require your attention and involvement from the moment you walk through the door until you leave. And repeating this daily.

Long-term resilience is for the gruelling grind towards your long-term goals. It is the stamina and mental strength to keep pushing ahead despite the foreseeable setbacks so that you continue performing at high levels even under difficult conditions.

Resilience is about managing your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It’s the discipline of daily practices that refill your vitality store to ensure that you’re not entirely drained at the conclusion of your workday, with zero left for your personal life.

By mobilising these energy sources, you can balance stress and recovery to perform at your peak every day. It is essential for your success and mental wellbeing and necessary for both the daily sprints and marathons in your life.

Elaine Loots
ACORN Queensland President

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What a year so far! I feel one minute I’m encouraging everyone to go out to support local businesses after the shocking SA bushfires, and then saying ‘no don’t’ and worrying about the COVID restrictions. Now we are again encouraged to support local businesses and to travel within our state due to the amazing efforts of everyone keeping SA as one of the safe states. 

I would like to thank all our members who have supported SAPNA throughout this time. We have still been able to offer education during this time via several Zoom education sessions.

In June we had Mr Paul Hollington present to us about enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), which was excellent. He took us through the preoperative work required, intra- operative management and care in the PACU, and how this enhances patients early discharge home. There has been a huge amount of work put in to make ERAS happen and hearing about it was very interesting.

July saw us hold another Zoom meeting with Dr Paula Foran presenting ‘Fun facts/questions about PSO4’. She went through the newly updated Australian and New Zealand Colege of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) statement PSO4 (Statement on the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit) which we should all be familiar with if working in PACU. This certainly raised some interesting points about our handover, our training and patient care in PACU/ The presentation was very enlightening and well received with plenty of questions from attendees.

Our next education session, ‘Virtual surgical planning and custom implants for craniomaxillofacial and neurosurgery’, was in August. This was presented by Dr Al Varidel and Mr Paul Mitchell from Stryker. The title of this session is a mouthful, but it’s amazing what’s being done to help patients who have had surgery and/or traumatic facial injuries to improve their outcome and facial appearance. The advances and the amount of planning by Dr Varidel in his own time and then the finished plate were fascinating.

We are pleased to say that on 16 and 17 October we will host our Country Study weekend, face-to-face, at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. This will also be SAPNA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. It should be a great weekend – a varied program with our health partners’ support so book your time off now, get your registrations in and come and enjoy the weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Cathie Hashemi
SAPNA President

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Strategic planning meeting

The VPNG committee held their mid-year strategic planning meeting via Zoom at the end of June.

Committee members were asked why they joined the VPNG committee (see word cloud below). It is fantastic to know that VPNG has such passionate and expert perioperative nurses involved in promoting the needs of the group. 

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Another question posed to the committee was ‘what should VPNG focus on over the next six months?’ Here’s what they said:

  • communicate with members
  • more short webinars around training
  • continue with education events that allow members to maintain standards and keep updated with any changes to practice
  • contribute to standards setting
  • continue to build community engagement and awareness of best practice
  • nurture our novice nurses and encourage postgraduate qualifications
  • provide educational opportunities to raise the professionalism of perioperative nursing
  • strengthen communication and relationships with ACORN
  • explore ways of providing education that is cost neutral
  • support members with issues and promote quality and safety
  • promote professionalism through being a member of VPNG.

All of these aspects will be incorporated into our activities over the next six months, helping to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Plan (2020–2022).

What you will see over the next six months includes:

  • more free Webinar opportunities
  • increased communication and collaboration between VPNG and ACORN
  • VPNG committee members on the ACORN board and involved in ACORN’s Roadmap Project that aims to promote the ACORN Standards and broaden their adoption in hospitals
  • improved processes for submitting articles, interest pieces and questions to Snippets newsletter
  • linking of social media sites (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) to improve communication with members and grow our membership base
  • improved communication with our VPNG Reps to disseminate VPNG information and updates
  • scholarship and grant opportunities that are easy to apply for via online forms.

VPNG member survey

VPNG recently undertook a survey of members asking about their involvement in educational opportunities and how they would like to engage with educational opportunities in the future. This data will help VPNG make decisions that best serve our members, especially with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Educational events

Due to the cancellation of our Metropolitan Professional Development Day and postponement of the Country Conference, VPNG has started to explore webinars. To date, VPNG has provided our members with several live webinar opportunities which have attracted a large number of participants. Due to the high participation level, VPNG has upgraded our Zoom webinar account to accommodate more registrations alongside seeking sponsorship from our trade partners. Recordings of these webinars and information on upcoming webinars can be found on the VPNG website www.vpng.org.com. VPNG want to support more Victorian perioperative nurses to share their knowledge, innovations, evidence-based patient care activities, research and supportive workplace ideas. To encourage this, VPNG have put out a ‘call for abstracts – webinars’ and we hope to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and information in order to enhance safe, quality perioperative nursing practice. VPNG will continue to explore how best to use virtual platforms to provide our members with educational opportunities on relevant topics.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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