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Recognition and Clinical Assessment of the Deteriorating Patient - New Zealand

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23 February - 5 March 2019

02 6674 2577 [email protected]

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....Read More>>

What's included in your Conference registration:

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice information
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
  • Conference Presenters that are recognised experts in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
  • An online Conference library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
  • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other Conference Attendees and network with Conference Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
  • Editable electronic note pages that can be downloaded to your device of choice
  • A Conference satchel that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard (this is important on a cruise ship to attach your room key which becomes your lifeline on a ship) and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • The opportunity to meet as a group in various Conference open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
  • A complimentary Farewell Drinks and Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis, session presenter, and CPD allocation
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
  • A dedicated Conference cruise desk open daily to address any questions and provide information as required

The Destination: New Zealand

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 Education at Sea 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.

The Program: 

(Click to download a 1-Page Program) (Click to download the Program)

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.


Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the "setting sail" festivities as we say farewell to Melbourne.

Evening: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

DAY 2 - 24 FEBRUARY 2019 | AT SEA

CPD Session presented:

  • Review of normal electrophysiology
  • Assessment of the patient with Atrial Fibrillation
  • Lunch
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cardiac Auscultation

DAY 3 - 25 FEBRUARY 2019 | AT SEA 

CPD Sessions presented:

  • Assessment of Chest Pain
  • Takotsubo Syndrome and Others
  • 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 - CPD sessions Presented:

  • Recognition of the work-place bully and managing difficult situations
  • Management of Difficult Situations

DAY 10 - 4 MARCH 2019 | AT SEA

CPD sessions Presented:

  • Recognition of deterioration of a patient with a pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade
  • Respiratory assessment
  • Electrolyte imbalance and others
  • Abdominal assessment
  • Clinical scenarios and summary of content 

Evening: Take this opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues - safe travels home.


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 Education at Sea 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 no obligation enquiry by simply filling in your contact details in the box on the top right-hand side of the page.

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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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Conference registration $860.00
Members: $
Non-Members: $
Students: $


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 Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Nurse ... 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 
Contact Helen or Jason 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.

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. 

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

Disclaimer:  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.