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Recognition and Clinical Assessment of the Deteriorating Patient - New Zealand

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23 February - 5 March 2019

Developing knowledge on how to recognise and perform advanced clinical assessment on a patient who is deteriorating is an expectation of the evolving role of the Clinical Nurse.

In this Conference, we will explore the assessment of a patient with a variety of clinical disorders and conditions that include cardiac, respiratory, abdominal, and electrolyte imbalance. The teaching methodology will contain clinical scenarios that will assist the Nurse to recognise clinical deterioration and apply a critical thinking approach. The communication strategies to support patient assessment will also be investigated.

Assertion training is incorporated into the Conference content in recognition of this skill as a vital component of ensuring effective communication within the health care team.

Knowledge + Critical Thinking + Assertive Skills = Expert Nurse.
All three of these components will be explored in this conference framework.

Learning Outcomes:

In this Conference you will:

  • Explore the skills required to recognise and undertake clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient
  • Review a variety of clinical conditions relating to cardiac and respiratory disease, abdominal disorders, and electrolyte imbalance
  • Discover how to apply critical thinking via a scenario-based teaching approach
  • Gain assertiveness skills to enhance effective communication, and timely intervention, within the health care team

The Presenter:

Anne Evans-Murray, Registered Nurse; Registered Counsellor; Certificate 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training; Upgraded certificate 1V in Training and Assessment; Diploma of Counselling (Grief and Loss, Relationship Counselling); Bachelor of Health Science; Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary); Masters in Education (Curriculum Development); Graduate Certificate in Critical Care.

Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents,  but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University. 

Currently, she is a guest lecturer at Bond University medical school. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences & seminars throughout Australia & New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias & ECG interpretation, chest x-rays interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertion training and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors and paramedics. 

Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient's condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes.

She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”,  “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’.  Her ECG book is a textbook sold in many universities in Australia. 

The Venue: Radiance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas features acres of glass enclosing the nine-storey central atrium, lifts facing the sea and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you'll never be at a loss for an incredible view. 


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 - Royal Caribbean offers a myriad of casual dining options and quick bites for meals on the run or connect over family-style dining at Giovanni’s Table, or indulge in a five-course wine pairing dinner at Chef’s Table. Their specialty restaurants offer something for every taste, and they have a  buy-out option allowing groups to have the restaurant all to themselves....Read More>>


Dive headfirst into the fun -  This ship really shook up recreation on the ocean waves with a number of first-at-sea innovations, the largest of which is SeaPlex. The largest sports complex at sea is a huge, versatile area that offers a non-stop program of fun and games for all ages. The heart of SeaPlex is the arena; depending on the time of day, it undergoes a metamorphosis from a basketball court into a roller-skating rink and, most novel of all, a bumper-car circuit. For passengers who want to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, there is also a circus school with trapeze classes held over an air-filled mat.

Rest and Relax - for those of you who would like to take it a little easier and treat your self to some much-need relaxation, then the Vitality Spa is the place for you.
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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.

It's called The Solarium and can be found on Deck 11.

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.

The Program: 

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The program content is provided by expert Nurse Educators 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.


18:45 Set sail

Spend the evening exploring the fabulous ship and getting to know your surroundings.

DAY 2 - 24 FEBRUARY 2019 | AT SEA

0800 - 0900: Conference Registration
0900 – 1100: Review of normal electrophysiology
1100 - 1115: Break
1115 - 1215: Assessment of the patient with Atrial Fibrillation
1215 - 1345: Lunch
1345 - 1515: Metabolic syndrome
1515 - 1530: Break
1530 - 1700: Cardiac Auscultation

DAY 3 - 25 FEBRUARY 2019 | AT SEA 

0900 - 1200: Assessment of Chest Pain
1200 - 1345: Lunch
1345 - 1515: Takotsubo Syndrome and Others
1515 - 1530: Break
1530 - 1700: Endocarditis


The Maori believed a divine mason carved Milford Sound. The fjord is a geological wonder of the ice age, where waterfalls cascade over sheer cliffs into the dark waters below and mountains dominated by Mitre Peak reach towards the sky.

You can only experience the grand scenery and tranquillity of this magnificent fjord by boat. Doubtful Sound sustains an amazing array of wildlife. In the rainy season, its steep hills are covered with hundreds of waterfalls.

Part of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, Dusky Sound was long the site of Maori camps but few permanent settlements. Captain Cook spent five weeks exploring the dramatic coastline that edges the mountainous wilderness.

1730 - 1830: Book Signing
Join us for a coffee, while Anne takes this opportunity to discuss her latest book and the experience that led her to put pen to paper. You can purchase a signed copy of the book at this session.

Dunedin proudly celebrates its Scottish heritage but gold-rush fortunes are behind its grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture. From here you can also explore the Otago Peninsula, home to penguin colonies and scenic coastline.

Optional Shore Tour: Details to be advised closer to the sail date.

Set on a beautiful harbour, Akaroa is a quaint resort town with unique French heritage. It's your gateway to Christchurch and amazing South Island nature, from the volcanic Banks Peninsula to the mountains of the Southern Alps.

Optional Shore Tour: Details to be advised closer to the sail date.

Wellington embraces its reputation as a cool ‘little’ capital. The city centre is compact but there’s no shortage of big-city culture. The charm extends to the surrounding green hillsides while countryside and rugged coast are within easy reach.

Optional Shore Tour: Details to be advised closer to the sail date.

The seaside town of Picton is your base for exploring the beautiful scenery, pristine waters and wildlife of the Marlborough Sounds. A short drive brings you to sunny Blenheim, the heart of Marlborough’s acclaimed wine region.

Optional Shore Tour: Details to be advised closer to the sail date.

DAY 9 - 3 MARCH 2019 | AT SEA
 day celebrating the art and skill of Communication - the assertive Nurse

0900 - 1100: Recognition of the work-place bully and managing difficult situations
1100 - 1300: Lunch
1300 - 1700: Management of Difficult Situations

DAY 10 - 4 MARCH 2019 | AT SEA

0900 - 1000: Recognition of deterioration of a patient with a pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade
1000 - 1130: Respiratory assessment
1145 - 1200: Break
1200 - 1300: Electrolyte imbalance and others
1300 - 1430: Lunch
1430 - 1600: Abdominal assessment
1600 - 1700: Clinical scenarios and summary of content 

Evening: Conference farewell canapes and drinks session


0630: 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 Education at Sea (Travel Direct Australia) 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
Royal Caribbean's
Radiance of the Seas
Cruising to New Zealand

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
24 CPD hours

Date / Time (QLD time)
23 February - 5 March 2019

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Members: $
Non-Members: $
Students: $

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.

Conference Convenor: 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 - Education at Sea

Conference Convenor: Jason Dawson - Education at Sea
Jason Dawson is a Registered Nurse from the Gold Coast Queensland. Whilst studying his bachelor of Nursing at Southe ... Read more »

Anne Evans-Murray

Presenter: Anne Evans-Murray
Anne Evans-Murray, Registered Nurse; Registered Counsellor; Certificate 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training; U ... Read more »


Conference Registration

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


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




Exclusive Online Library & Information Bank:

The Library has been created so that you have access to pre-reading to support Conference content prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

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.

The Nurses for Nurses Network strongly recommends customers take out travel insurance at the time of registration for an event, to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent them attending and thus incur any financial loss.

Things to do onboard

Enjoy a cool drink at one of the many bars onboard
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Visit Vitality Spa at Sea.
Indulgence begins here – at the full-service VitalitySM Spa, featuring a luxurious line-up of signature treatments, massages, medi-spa services and salon to make you glow from the inside out.


Why watch a movie inside - Lounge on the pool deck with an ocean breeze, the moon, and movie stars as big as all outdoors. The 220 square foot movie screen presents first-run movies, live sporting events and more at the pool area on select ships.


Culinary Classes - Come home ready to rock the kitchen. Onboard culinary classes invite you to watch seasoned chefs create culinary masterpieces right before your eyes. Get the tips and techniques to create your own gourmet appetizers, main dishes and desserts.
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Try climbing a wall - The view alone is worth every step. Climb forty feet above deck on the signature Rock Climbing Wall, where everyone from beginners to speed climbers can strap in and go vertical. With no reservation required at this complimentary activity, you could visit the view again and again.
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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.


Remember education expenses including airfares, food and accommodation may be claimed as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax accountant for individual advice.



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.