LA President's reports 2021

September 2021

President's report

Welcome to the September NTPNA president’s report. I hope that all of you are keeping safe. Our thoughts are with all those in states that have faced lockdown and increased coronavirus cases. 

The NTPNA has been busy behind the scenes ensuring our governance is fulfilling our legal requirements. Our constitution has been approved and we are currently in the last stages of updating the admin manual to ensure succession for future executives is a smooth transition.

We have held three ‘roadshow’ presentations at Royal Darwin Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital and Katherine District Hospital, and we aim to present to other sites in the near future. The aim of these roadshows is to inform perioperative nurses of the benefits of being a member of their local association.

We have been quiet on the education front as planning is not the easiest in the current climate. We certainly are learning adaptability. We have commenced discussion around a conference in 2022; however, this still has a lot of variables to take into consieration.

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The Executive is aiming to provide a local education day session early in 2022 and hope our members will be interested in presenting and attending. We also aim to have presentations via video conference for our remote members. The NTPNA Annual General Meeting will be held on 19 November 2021. The following Executive positions are up for nominations: President Vice President Public Officer ACORN Director Treasurer (one-year term). Members who are interested in taking on any of these roles are encouraged to apply. Contact me on president@ntpna.org if there are any questions. It would be great to see some fresh faces being remote is no longer a barrier to holding one of these positions now that we have all the support from ACORN with video conferencing platforms.

Natalie Hannell
NTPNA President

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Welcome, new members, to the September president’s report.  As president of ACORN QLD, I have the privilege of being a member of the ACORN LA (Local Association) Council.  The primary function of the LA Council is to strengthen the communication and relationship between Local Associations (like ACORN QLD) and ACORN. The council comprises the presidents of the seven LAs and the ACORN Board Chair and CEO. Each member of the LA Council is able to review and make recommendations regarding LA Council objectives and functions. Key objectives of the LA Council are to undertake recruitment campaigns to encourage more nurses into perioperative nursing and to encourage perioperative nurses to join their LA. Similarly, the LA Council is implementing a nomination committee to ensure the steady flow of talent into the LA committees and the ACORN board.

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ACORN QLD Director

It is now time for ACORN QLD to commence recruitment to replace the current Queensland ACORN Director, Donna Stevens, whose term will finish in May 2022 at the biennial national conference. This means we now need to start the application process for this key role with the aim of ensuring appropriate time is available for handover and succession management. The application form is available on our website. Applications close 1 November 2021.

The following is a message from Donna about the role.

Would you like the opportunity to give back to your perioperative community? To have a voice that represents your local association, ACORN QLD, and speaks for all Australian perioperative nurses, promoting the delivery of exceptionally safe care to all of our patients. NOW is your chance.

My name is Donna and I have served ACORN QLD for the past three years, representing ACORN QLD on the ACORN Board of Director. My term as a director will end at the national conference on the Gold Coast in May 2022, after four amazing years.

As a director on the ACORN board I have been privileged to be involved with a group of wonderful perioperative nurses. In my first term, President Rebecca East led us to implement the Roadmap to national recognition for ACORN’s Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (the Roadmap Project – a long-term project aimed at promoting the ACORN Standards nationally and broaden their reach and adoption in hospitals across Australia. The 2018–2020 board was instrumental in providing support and guidance for this ground-breaking initiative.

Exciting times continued with the 2020–2022 board, under the direction of Board Chair Trish Flood. This board has transitioned from a working board, where directors had a portfolio and oversaw the workings of a specific committee, to a governance board, that has increase ACORN’s capability by employing a Standards Manager,  Chief Executive Officer and, most recently, an Education Manager. This allows the board to concentrate on governance and provide strategic direction.

What’s in it for you?

For me it has been a great sense of satisfaction. I have learnt a lot about the nature of business and the importance of governance and process, which has assisted me in my working life, guiding other nurses through processes such as accreditation and reviewing clinical practice, and ensuring policy and guidelines are in accordance with the actual care we delivery.

I have made many friends and have built an incredible network of perioperative nurses both nationally and internationally. I feel very blessed to have been part of both the 2018–2020 and 2020–2022 board and I know that you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

If you are passionate about making a difference and have some experience as a board member (LA or other) we would love to hear from you. In terms of time, it’s only some time each week to answer board-related emails, read board-related documents and provide feedback, and some time each month to attend meetings (one ACORN QLD meeting and one ACORN meeting a month). With the pandemic the meetings have been online but in future some meetings will possibly be face-to-face (with expenses paid by ACORN).

For further information, please contact Joy Jensen ACORN QLD President.

Upcoming events

  • Perioperative Nurse Week (PNW#2021) 3–9 October – stay tuned for more information and the opportunity to participate in this annual event
  • Toowoomba – Saturday 23 October 2021 (includes the Annual General Meeting)
    Note: ACORN QLD will be calling for nominations for the committee. A nomination form will be available on the website soon. 
  • Wesley Hospital Education Day – officially cancelled

Education grants

ACORN QLD have recently updated our education grants/scholarship application We look forward to members applications, especially with the formal announcement of the national conference being held in Queensland next year in May.  

In closing, I continue in 2021 to 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. 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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I would like to begin this report by acknowledging and extending thanks to Tarryn Armour as the outgoing VPNG President. Tarryn has steered the committee steadily during uncertain times. I am very happy to announce Tarryn will be staying on the committee in the role of Events Chair.

As this is my first report as VPNG president, I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Elyse Coffey and I am an experienced perianaesthetic nurse, nursing academic. I have been involved in the VPNG committee for several years and am currently an ACORN Director.

Sadly the 54th VPNG State Conference ‘Power of the Past – Forging the Future’ was cancelled at the 11th hour due to the reintroduction of stay at home orders in Victoria to manage the current COVID-19 outbreak. VPNG have pivoted this event and I am excited to announce we will now be delivering a Virtual State Conference on Saturday 2 October 2021. Click here for further information and to register for this event.

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Perioperative Nurses Week is fast approaching giving us all the chance to celebrate our unique profession and the contributions perioperative nurses make to safe surgery every day. To celebrate, VPNG is running a Count On Me! For Safe Surgery campaign, 3–9 October. Free Count On Me! celebration packs will soon be available for download on our website.

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Looking forward, beyond the Virtual State Conference, we are excited to start planning the Country Conference to be held on Saturday 2 April 2022 at the RACV resort Torquay. Keep an eye out for the call for abstracts to be made available soon.

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

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Please remember to register for our annual conference on 16 October at the University of Notre Dame. The program is coming together really well and it promises to be an exciting day for us all to share our knowledge and learn from one another.

Also don’t forget our Annual General Meeting and the call for nominations for the Executive Committee. If you have what it takes and would like to contribute to your professional body, step right up and join us!

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I would like to thank all the perioperative nurses who came out to Notre Dame to support us at SMARTcare5 on 13 August. There were more than 400 nursing students in the hall swarming around 45 professional nursing organisations. Our table with its display of laparascopic instruments and trainers was a huge success with everyone wanting to have a go at 'laparoscopic surgery'. Our team of nurses was also on hand to answer queries about working as perioperative nurses. The students were all young and enthusiastic, some had completed their perioperative placement while others were definitely wanting to get into theatre if they had the opportunity. This is a great way to reach out to nursing students locally and we thank Notre Dame for inviting us back again. We hope that everyone had as much fun as we did being there.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2021

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Welcome, new members, to the president’s report for August. It’s been a busy month where I have had the opportunity to have several virtual meetings. Firstly, with the newly appointed ACORN Education Manager, Edwina Blannin-Ferguson. ACORN QLD Director, Donna Stevens, and I met with Edwina and briefly discussed how her role can support ACORN QLD members in the short and long term. One of the committee’s goals has been to raise awareness of perioperative nursing as a career and connect with student nurses who are considering careers in perioperative nursing. Edwina confirmed that this is an area ACORN is looking at and another way ACORN can support local associations.  Similarly, I had a virtual meeting with representatives from CMAX Advisory and Stryker to discuss the hazards associated with surgical plume. A report on the outcome of this meeting will be available at a later date.

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Cairns Education Day

On 11 July ACORN QLD partnered with Cairns Hospital to deliver our Roadshow#5 ACORN QLD Education Day in the Cairns Hospital Auditorium. A personal thank you to Caitlin Knell,  ACORN QLD Treasurer and committee member, for hosting and organising the event. Also a special thanks to Simone Ohlin, a former ACORN QLD committee member, who provided invaluable assistance and support on the day to Caitlin and I.

Taking into consideration the COVID-19 requirements participants travelled from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Atherton and various suburbs in and around Cairns, with a total of 32 participants face to face and 14 Zooming in. The full day education was sponsored by Mölnlycke and 3M. All of the speakers were engaging and presented a range of topics – an update on bariatric surgery, the benefits of psychological counselling following bariatric surgery, an update on the ACORN Roadmap Project, pressure injury prevention in in the perioperative environment (a case study), sustainability, the role of the hand therapist post-surgery, students in the workplace and incivility in the workplace. 

One of the most interesting and passionate speakers of the day was Dr Ann Aitken who presented insights into incivility and bullying in the workplace. Ann based her presentation around the issue of how challenging conflict can be in the workplace. Ronald Reagan once said ‘peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means’.  Ann’s presentation provided a wealth of information on this subject and touched on some basic tools which can help defuse conflict or deal with any escalating disagreements. I would like to share these with you

1.     Deal with conflict at an early stage - try to nip it in the bud.

2.     Deal with the conflict calmly and unemotionally.

3.     Know how you behave in conflict.

4.     Use an assertive communication style.

5.     Use a collaborative approach.

6.     Accept responsibility for your contribution to the conflict. 

ACORN Roadmap Project update

Due to COVID 19 border closures and threat of quarantine following instate travel, ACORN CEO Rebecca East was unable to be present in person; despite this we enjoyed a virtual seminar from Rebecca that provided a synopsis of the ACORN Roadmap project to date. Rebecca answered numerous queries and questions from participants about the work ACORN is undertaking and gave us an update about the ACORN 2022 Conference that is to be held at the Gold Coast. 

Please note: The new ACORN standards, due for release in May 2022, will include specific benchmarks to support safe, consistent and reliable care to patients and to protect patients and staff from harm while maximising the quality of perioperative care and conditions. A webinar was held on 26 July, ‘The new ACORN Standards: Processes and outcomes from the Roadmap Project’. The webinar is available to view on the ACORN website. 

Upcoming events

  • Perioperative Nurse Week (PNW#2021) 3–9 October – stay tuned for more information and the opportunity to participate in this annual event
  • Toowoomba – Saturday 23 October 2021 (includes the Annual General Meeting)
    Note: ACORN QLD will be calling for nominations for the committee. A nomination form will be available on the website soon. 
  • Wesley Hospital Education Day – to be rescheduled
  • EOI process and nominations for ACORN QLD Director role 

Call for abstracts

Members will also have received a recent email from ACORN inviting authors to submit abstracts and education proposals for the ACORN 2022 Conference to he held on the Gold Coast from 19 to 21 May 2022. Submissions are sought for both oral and poster presentations and should address the conference theme, ‘Moving to a golden future’.

ACORN Fellows

Please also note that ACORN has called for applications and nominations for ACORN Fellowship. Applications must be received prior to the 31 October 2021. Fellowships will be conferred at the conference in May 2022.

Education grants

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

In closing, I continue in 2021 to 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. 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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SAPNA Conference registrations are open so book your leave with your managers and come along. We have a great diverse program and the Adelaide Oval is a lovely venue to have the conference in.

I look forward to meeting and engaging with our SAPNA Champions during August. We will be visiting a lot of hospitals around Adelaide soon.

Cathie Hashemi

SAPNA President

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Due to the Victorian lockdown and the resulting cancellation of our State Conference, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been rescheduled to Saturday 7th August.

The AGM will be followed by a webinar, ‘Power of the past - forging the future with the courage to care’, presented by Dr Paula Foran. Please register now.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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Warmest wishes to all nurses working hard in these challenging times. Across the globe we sincerely thank all nurses for their continuing commitment and care to all people. 

ACORN Western Australia was invited to Royal Perth Hospital theatres for their education morning in July. We were welcomed by the perioperative staff and able to showcase what ACORN WA and ACORN can offer. It was a great opportunity to share what we are trying to achieve for our profession and how we can network with others to achieve common goals. We look forward to meeting more perioperative staff at your workplace and listening to what our members want from us.

Registration is open for our annual conference on 16 October 2021. Do share this with a friend or work colleague who may want to know more about perioperative nursing. We have an exciting program planned and will share it on our website this month. The Annual General Meeting will be held at the conference and we would like to encourage you to step up and join the executive committee. If you would like to nominate yourself or a friend, do contact us at enquiries@acornwa.org.au for more information.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

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Victoria Park
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July 2021

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Welcome new members to the July edition of The Oak newsletter. What’s new?  Each month local association (LA) presidents are invited to write a report. The ACORN Queensland report is now available on the ACORN Queensland website as well as the ACORN website. We invite members to print a copy of this report and place it on their workplace noticeboard, highlighting the importance of promoting perioperative nursing education and communicating key dates, news and events. 

On the 12 June ACORN Queensland partnered with the Friendly Society Private Hospital (FSPH) in Bundaberg to host Roadshow #4 Education morning. Participants travelled from Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Brisbane, with a total number of 31 participants and 9 Zooming in. The day ran from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm and was sponsored by 3M and BTC Health. Comments received from participants included ‘excellent speakers and presentations, great day, well organised and excellent catering, really informative and very relaxed’A big thank you Jo Lawler, Clinical Educator at the FSPH, for planning and organising the education day. 

Upcoming study days

  • Roadshow Education day #5: Saturday 10 July, 8.00 am to 3.00 pm at Cairns Hospital. This day is open for registrations now and we already have over 20 registrations. You still have time to plan 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 to meet participants on the day. Presentation topics include incivility in the workplace, bariatric surgery, students in the workplace and the role of hand therapy post-operatively. This is a full-day education event and I would like to thank Caitlin Knell, our Treasurer and Committee member located in Cairns, who has put together a fabulous program.

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

  • Wesley Hospital – to be rescheduled

Call for abstracts

Members will also have received a recent email from ACORN inviting authors to submit abstracts and education proposals for the ACORN 2022 Conference to he held on the Gold Coast from 19 to 21 May 2022. Submissions are sought for both oral and poster presentations and should address the conference theme, ‘Moving to a golden future’.

Please also note that ACORN has called for applications and nominations for ACORN Fellowship. Applications must be received prior to the 31 October 2021. Fellowships will be conferred at the conference in May 2022.

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

Promoting perioperative nursing education 

In the past month Donna Stevens (Queensland ACORN Director) and I had the opportunity to ‘virtually’ meet with the newly appointed ACORN Education Manager, Edwina Blannin-Ferguson. ACORN Queensland Management Committee will be working closely with Edwina to expand the educational opportunities for members ­– these opportunities may include student nursing careers events and clinical and tertiary education opportunities delivered in a variety of learning environments.

ACORN Queensland have also recently updated our education grants/scholarship application. We look forward to members applications, especially with the formal announcement of the National Conference being held in Queensland next year.

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.

MoU with ACORN

Also in the past month, the ACORN Queensland Management Committee approved and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ACORN. To become a full member of ACORN an individual must join and pay the required membership fee to ACORN Queensland. The MoU between ACORN Queensland and ACORN outlines the benefits and or services to financial members. These benefits include:

  • online journal, Journal of Perioperative Nursing
  • monthly newsletter, The Oak (except January)
  • free education webinars every month, in addition to LA education programs
  • access to the ACORN Standards (for an additional fee) plus online or telephone support, answers to standards clinical questions
  • eligibility to apply for $20 000 research grant
  • eligibility to apply for financial assistance – grants and scholarships
  • perioperative jobs Facebook page
  • discount registration to the ACORN national conference
  • access to current information and events – events diary
  • policy and advocacy
  • advice, helpline and resources – Nurse and Midwife support
  • Fellowship – recognition for significant contribution to the College
  • professional  advancement, support and networking opportunities
  • voting rights on College matters
  • tax deduction (membership fees and professional development) 
  • discounts on products and services, including Elsevier publications, Guild Insurance and postgraduate study
  • International Federation of Perioperative Nurses membership
  • Corporate QANTAS Club (reduced membership fees).

Any queries or questions in relation to the MoU can be addressed with me at president@acornqld.org.au.

Coming soon

EOI process and nominations for ACORN Queensland director role.

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

In closing, I continue in 2021 to 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. 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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QLD 4001
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www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld

 

 

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The 54th State Conference ‘Power of the Past – Forging the Future’ is now only a couple of weeks away! The excitement is building, and we are proud to be able to (finally) provide a conference for Victorian perioperative nurses. To maintain a COVID-safe environment, everyone will be required to have registered prior to attending. This is in order to provide a record of attendees to the venue. Consequently, we will not be able to accept registrations on the day – so register now! Delegates will need to bring their ticket with them for QR scanning so don’t forget to bring it with you.

In addition to a number of workshops on Friday 16 July and many exciting speakers, we will also be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 17 July. This is an important opportunity to update our Members about specific actions of the group and changes to the Board of Directors. After the AGM we award our scholarship and grant winners in addition to recognising Years of Service Awards and Honorary Members. I hope you can join us to celebrate some well-deserving individuals.

Looking forward beyond the State Conference, we are excited to start planning the Country Conference to be held on Saturday 2 April 2022 at the RACV resort Torquay. Keep an eye out for the call for abstracts to be made available soon.

This will be my last report for The Oak as I hand over the role of President to Elyse Coffey. Elyse has been on the Committee for several years and is an experienced perianaesthetic nurse and nursing academic. Elyse currently works at Deakin University and will bring a wealth of skills to the role and to VPNG. It has been my great privilege to be VPNG President over the last couple of years and to work with an amazing group of committee members. I remain highly committed to the work of VPNG and will remain on the Committee as the Events Chair. I look forward to providing further opportunities for networking, education and information sharing.

In closing, thank you to both VPNG Committee Members, VPNG Representatives and VPNG members for your support over the last couple of years.

Tarryn Armour

VPNG President

 

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The Executive committee are working on membership and we are sending out a new poster highlighting 20 benefits of ACORN WA with a QR code link for new members. Keep us posted as we are ready to visit your workplace and showcase what ACORN WA has to offer. We may be at your workplace next ...

Looking forward, we will be holding our annual conference on 16 October. The call for abstracts is now open. We are seeking abstracts that demonstrate best practice in current and future perioperative nursing. We would like to encourage novice presenters to come forward and share their knowledge and skills. Do contact us at enquiries@acornwa.org.au.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

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Victoria Park
WA 6979
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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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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

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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

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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

President's report

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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PO Box 990
Victoria Park
WA 6979
enquiries@acornwa.org.au

President's report

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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PO Box 323
Lyndoch
SA 5351
sapna@sapna.org.au