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Perioperative Nursing - Papua New Guinea

Scrub the Deck and Hoist the Drape | #perioperative #nurse

9 October - 19 October 2018

This Perioperative Conference is intended to provide the opportunity to enhance and develop Nursing skills and knowledge relating to all areas of the perioperative environment. The conference program presents current perioperative topics of significance and explores the latest nursing research to create a conference experience that the perioperative Nurse will find both interesting and relevant.

Perioperative Nursing is practised in an intense, fast-paced environment, and this conference aims to improve Nursing knowledge and healthcare outcomes through expert teaching sessions with a focus on evidence-based practice.

The Presenter: Michelle Stubbs

Michelle Stubbs is currently a PhD candidate and Clinical Nurse Educator who has worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 20 years, specialising in Anaesthetics and Recovery.  Michelle is a member of ACPAN, the American Society of Post Anaesthesia & Anaesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). She was also a former committee member of the NSW OTA, Zone 1. Michelle has researched, co-developed and implemented an innovative role within the Perioperative Service at The John Hunter Hospital - “The Surgical Liaison Nurse”. From this project, Michelle has authored articles published in the ACORN Journal and Nursing Review. 

Additionally, the project has been accepted onto the ARCHI website and was the winning recipient of Hunter New England’s ‘Empowering Patients’ Award. Michelle is strongly committed to 'Empowering' herself through Education and holds a Bachelor in Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Anaesthetics and Recovery Room Nursing, a Diploma in Nursing and a Masters in Nursing, majoring in Education.  Current alliance with the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma will see Michelle complete her PhD on Targeting Anxiety and Depression in Severe Asthma.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate application of knowledge and understanding of the potential implications during the perioperative phase
  • Develop higher level understanding pertaining to physiological responses to anaesthetics and surgical procedures
  • Conduct analysis pertaining to risks and hazards within the perioperative environment 
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised and holistic care of surgical patients 

You don’t have to be a member to attend this Cruise Conference but if you are then you get so much more – click to see our Member Rewards

The Venue: P&O Pacific Aria

Cruising aboard the opulent Pacific Aria will elevate this Nursing conference experience, to that unforgettable trip you will be longing to relive. 

This 219m-long ship has the capacity for 1,500 guests and boasts a top deck pool, premium cinema, Marquee Theatre, spa and fitness centre, a casino, tennis and basketball courts and more. The Pacifica Aria has become one of P&O’s most popular cruise ships, for it is without a doubt a cut above the rest of the fleet! 



Let's talk about your accommodation

All you have to do is unpack and relax. Your room steward will clean and tidy your room every day all you need to do is get dressed, grab your bag and start your adventure.

Dining options - you will be spoilt for choice, the Pacific Aria has the largest variety of dining experiences yet with 16 speciality restaurants and dining establishments. Cruisers can explore a unique dining experience at ‘The Pantry’ which foregoes the traditional cruise ship buffet for a fresh marketplace of dining options, including a gourmet delicatessen and swathe of modern cuisine restaurants. Menus include modern Australian cuisine such as pulled pork burgers and fresh sandwiches, and tasty Asian broths and curries. ...Read More>>

Dive headfirst into the fun - there are so many fabulous choices on offer when it comes to onboard activities, from gorgeous Stage Show, stand-up comics, karaoke in the piano bar to relaxing by the pool or getting pampered at the amazing day spa. If you are into fitness there is a fully equipped gym and a number of fitness tutorials provided by the expert trainers onboard.

Can I Bring the Family?

Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your Travel CPD adventure.
Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid's club program. 

Just talk to the Team at Travel Direct and they can organise all your and your travelling companion's travel arrangements
02 6674 2577.

What if I need kid-free time?

If you only want to mix with adults this ship has an adults only area including a pool, bar, and relaxation areas, with entry only available to people over the age of 18.

Leave your worries behind when you enter The Oasis. It’s just like it sounds - a happy, peaceful escape that’s all about the downtime. The Oasis can be found on Deck 10.

Can I Travel Alone? 

Yes, you can!

As you know Nurses are very friendly people and once you have spent a few minutes in conversation it's like you've been lifelong friends.

So don't limit yourself, we do many things as a group and you will soon find yourself swept up in the fun.

NfN's Ultimate Guide to Cruising

Whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship this guide is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure. 

Click here to download your copy >>

What's included in your Conference registration?

All Attendees

  • Conference program presented by experts in their field
  • Opportunity to meet with Group Leaders (Conference Convenors) and Conference Presenter/s for networking and discussion
  • Access to the online Conference library so that you can create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
  • Editable presentation note handouts that can be downloaded to your device of choice
  • Note paper and pen
  • Conference satchel
  • Lanyard - important on a Cruiseship to attach your credit card room key and cruise money
  • Complimentary farewell drinks and canapes function
  • Access to the Conference closed Facebook group

NfN Member Extra Benefits

Conference pack valued from $198.00 that includes:

  • A complimentary (all you can drink cocktails), exclusive Member's only function during the Conference where NfN Members can relax together
  • NfN Cruise Reward Voucher starting at $100 - click for more info>>
  • Rikaro shopping tote as your Conference satchel
  • Limited edition NfN Pen
  • Limited edition NfN Lanyard
Not a member yet?

Note: In order to qualify for the NfN Member extras benefit you need to be a financial member at the time of booking and at the time the Event takes place. 

The Program:  (View 1 Page Itinerary)

The program content is provided by an expert Nurse Educator with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program. What we have done is marry best practice content with a cruise ship holiday to provide you with a Travel CPD experience, where the conference content is as important as your need for rest and relaxation.  We have taken a holistic approach to Nursing continuing professional development to ensure you get the most out of the education experience.

Here is what the program looks like: (Click here to view the full conference program)

18:00 - 1900: Conference welcome and registration

DAY 2: WED 10 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • Through the Years - Perioperative Nursing
  • Learning Styles – How do you learn?
  • Diathermy in the Operating Suite
  • Preparing the Elderly for Surgery
  • Principles of Draping
  • Acrocyanosis - An uncommon event in post anaesthesia recovery rooms- A case report

DAY 3: THU 11 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • Methods of Sterilisation
  • Failed Spinal Anaesthesia
  • Disruptive behaviour in the perioperative setting: a contemporary review
  • Standard 5: Patient Identification & Procedure Matching
  • Situational Awareness in OT
  • Failure to Wake


Optional Hospital Tour

The Capital of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Alotau is steeped in history, rich in culture and blessed with natural beauty.


Today we are onshore and you can explore at your leisure
Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kitava is a small island off the main Trobiand Island of Kiriwina. Here life remains as it was thousands of years ago with very little external influence. The landing site is surrounded by stunning white sand beaches lined with natural shade-trees, just offshore lies the picture perfect sand atoll Nuratu Island. This truly is a slice of heaven.


Optional Hospital Tour

Located on Papua New Guinea's northeastern tip, this province - blessed with natural beauty but plagued with an unlucky past - has literally risen from the ashes.


Spend the day exploring this stunning port of call.
Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kiriwina is the largest and by far the most populous of the Trobriand Islands, and home to one of the most colourful and fascinating cultures on earth.



Today's stop gives you the opportunity to experience untouched natural beauty.
Don't be fooled by the name, this is paradise in the Coral Sea! The Conflict Islands are made up of 21 untouched islands in Papua New Guinea. With spectacular reefs, palm trees and deep blue seas, the Conflict Islands are home an incredible array of marine wildlife.

DAY 9: WED 17 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • The Surgical Liaison Nurse
  • Hybrid Theatre
  • Cell Saver
  • Suture Materials
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation
  • Scrub/Scout Corners Report – Ricky Ryder
DAY 10: THU 18 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
CPD sessions presented today will include:
  • ACORN Standards
  • Awareness Under Anaesthesia
  • Robotic nurse duties in the urology operative room: 11 years of experience
  • Techniques aren’t everything: Why conscientious well-trained surgeons make mistakes?
  • Social Media Issues in OT
  • Bringing it all together

Farewell reception, drinks and canapes


Arrive in Brisbane and disembark - safe travels!

What you need to do now....

This is a fabulous program - to secure your place at this Conference you need to contact Travel Direct Australia to find out about all the cabin options available. Once you have paid your deposit your registration is confirmed and you can start planning your Conference getaway.

What are you waiting for? Send Travel Direct a no obligation enquiry by simply filling in your contact details in the box on the right-hand side of the page by clicking here>> 

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Location / Venue
On-board P&O's Pacific Aria cruising to Papua New Guinea

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
30 CPD hours

Date / Time (QLD time)
9 October - 19 October 2018

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Cheryl Dezotti, R.N., M.Q.I.H.C., Grad Dip Q.I.H.C., A.F.A.A.Q.H.C., M.A.C.N.

Group Leader: Cheryl Dezotti, R.N., M.Q.I.H.C., Grad Dip Q.I.H.C., A.F.A.A.Q.H.C., M.A.C.N.
Cheryl Dezotti is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters Degree in Quality in Healthcare. Cheryl has worked in both the ... Read more »

Jason Dawson

Group Leader: Jason Dawson
Jason Dawson is a Registered Nurse from the Gold Coast Queensland. Whilst studying his bachelor of Nursing at Southe ... Read more »

Sue Walker

Group Leader: Sue Walker
Sue is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care. Sue has exte ... Read more »

Michelle Stubbs

Presenter: Michelle Stubbs
Michelle Stubbs is currently a PhD candidate and Clinical Nurse Educator who has worked as a Registered Nurse for the p ... Read more »

You don’t have to be a member to attend this Cruise Conference but if you are then you get so much more – click to see our Member Rewards


Conference Registration

Please note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel cost.

Contact Travel Direct Australia
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02 6674 2577

Optional Tours
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All bookings for this event are being handled by Travel Direct Australia (Education at Sea)
Please contact Helen, Jason or Elita on 02 6674 2577



Once you have booked and paid your deposit, we will send you an invitation to be a part of a closed Facebook group, to discuss and share info about the upcoming CPD adventure.

Exclusive Online Library:

We have created an exclusive online Conference library website for our attendees to access prior to the commencement of the Conference. 

The online library is provided to you so that you can create your own Conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

Library Content Includes:

  • Webinars and their corresponding note pages
  • Self-directed learning activities and
  • Other supporting documents for the face to face presentations

This page will be available to you as an attendee from 4 weeks before we set sail and for 2 weeks post the Conference, should you want to refresh your knowledge.

Please Note: Due to travel weight restrictions and an attempt to help save the planet, paper-based handouts will not be provided on board.
We encourage you to download any documents from the online library to your device of choice, that you want to refer to during the conference program.

Writing paper will be provided in your Conference pack.

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 of the Pacific Aria


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The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time