LA President's reports

October 2020

President’s report

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 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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