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Novice to expert sessions

The conference organising committee is pleased to offer Novice to Expert classes in conjunction with the Cancer Nursing Under Construction Conference. An aim of the conference is to assist in providing nurses working with people living with cancer the opportunity to grow their 'toolbox' of knowledge and skills for practice. Experts will review the basics and explore more complex issues/innovations associated with each topic. 

Novice to Expert classes will be held on the following topics

Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD)


Wound care

As numbers will be limited, please indicate when you register for the conference if you will be attending these sessions.

Central Venous Access Devices

In this novice to expert class, you will review the basics of CVAD management; explore the decision making processes involved in determining the right catheter for the right person and be updated with innovative practices such as the use of surgical glue, securacath and tunnelled peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs).


In this optional pharmacology class we provide a refresher on the basic principles of pharmacology and the role nurses play in administration of medicines. There will be an update on nurse prescribing along with presentations on drug classes used in the cancer setting. 

Wound Care

This session will start with the basics around wound care principals, management and use of products.  The later part of the session would involve more complex issues related to radiation skin reactions and /or fungating wound management principles, and current practices.


Conference sessions

Euthanasia or Physician Assisted Dying (PAD)

Euthanasia or PAD is currently a very topical issue in New Zealand.  Dr Amanda Landers is a palliative care consultant in Christchurch, she will give an overview of this broad topic and where this is currently in a New Zealand context.  Amanda will discuss the legislative aspects that need consideration from a medical and nursing perspective on this extensive topic.  This session will provide nurses the opportunity to understand this topic from a wider perspective and what impact legalisation may have on our role in cancer care.  


Health Literacy 

This session will be run by a member of Health Literacy NZ with the aim to give a better understanding of what health literacy is and what it involves.  Health literacy is complex and involves a number of aspects, not just the patient/client. The Three Step Model to building health literacy will be discussed which helps to reduce demands and build knowledge and skills.  The speaker will aim to give nurses some concrete ideas on what they can do in each of the three steps.  Useful resources will be identified to allow a better understanding of this topic, enabling nurses to gain a broader knowledge on the impact health literacy has on cancer nursing.  This session will explore and address the concepts of the heart of health and discuss its particular significance in managing resilience and increasing compassion between ourselves and our patients in our busy working lives.


NZ Cancer Nurses Under Construction 

The NZNO Cancer Nurses College has been instrumental in developing key documents to support cancer nursing in New Zealand. This includes the Cancer Nurses Knowledge and Skills Framework and the National Guidelines on Antineoplastic Administration. Sharron will provide an overview of these documents and how they have been utilised within the CDHB cancer services.


Technology influencing healthcare 

"Health technology refers to any method that is used to promote health, to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases or to improve rehabilitation and long-term care" (MOH, 2016)

This session will provide an overview of the health technologies that are influencing patient care throughout NZ. These include patient self management portals and the ability to deliver cancer care to remote areas across the country using telehealth or skype. Electronic tools that can be used for symptom management, medication adherence and to enhance communication for these patients and their families will also be explored. 


Hospital in the Home 

Hospital in the home has moved from being a concept to being utilised in many areas throughout the world to manage people with cancer. Elaine will present on the hospital in the home concept, eligibility criteria, how to move this from a concept to reality and the benefits and issues that it created.


Radiotherapy in Cancer Care

Radiotherapy plays a large part in the treatment of cancer for curative purposes, localized control and palliation of pain and symptom management.  This session will outline the fundamentals of radiation in the treatment of cancer.  Designed for the novice to expert, this session will cover the various phases that patients undergo during the radiation therapy process from planning through to treatment.  Common side effects, including acute, delayed and late effects of radiotherapy and the management of these will be discussed.  This will give the nurse an overview of radiotherapy in cancer care and allow them to assist patients undergoing this treatment. 

Patient Wellness

People with a cancer diagnosis often lose themselves in the process. They can go from confident, independent people to where every aspect of their life is being managed by someone else. This session will focus on developing self management strategies that you can teach patients and family members to reduce anxiety, depression and to manage side effects.  It will also explore transitioning patients at the end of treatment back into their community.


Heart of the hospital 

Heart of Health is a science-based, secular meditation-based compassionate care development programme in which staff learn and practice meditation, relaxation, mindfulness, compassion and self-compassion skills. It is mental and emotional fitness training within the team environment supporting a compassionate workplace and wellbeing of staff and enabling compassionate patient care.

Heart of Health was successfully piloted by the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) at the Canterbury Emergency Department and RPA Oncology. SLHD have now extended this programme to 10 other teams across the health system with a projected 30+ teams participating in regular team-based meditation sessions by 2017. Evidence suggests that this programme has increased staff and patient satisfaction/ morale, increased staff resilience and reduced the incidence of sick leave.

Thursday 11 May

Pre-conference Novice- Expert Classes

12:30pm - 5.00pm  Registration open
1.00pm - 3.00pm  CVAD Novice-Expert Class
Elizabeth Culverwell
3.00pm - 3.15pm Afternoon tea
3.15pm - 5.00pm Pharmacology Novice-Expert Class

Wound Care Novice-Expert Class
Cathy Hammond, Nurse Maude
Jo Tuaine, Dunedin Hospital
5.00pm onwards Informal drinks

Friday 12 May

8:00am - 5.30pm Registration open
9.00am - 9.30am Welcome mihi and housekeeping
9.30am - 10.30am Euthanasia
Amanda Landers, Nurse Maude
10.30am - 11.00am   Morning tea amongst the exhibition
11.00am - 12.00pm CAM session
Shaun Holt, Victoria University of Wellington
12.00pm - 12.45pm  CNC BGM 
12.45pm - 1.30pm Lunch amongst the exhibition
1.30pm - 2.30pm   Telehealth and patient symptom management
Eve Eynon
2.30pm - 3.00pm Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
  Concurrent abstract sessions 
3.05pm - 3.35pm NZ Cancer Nursing Under Construction
Sharron Ellis
  Abstract presentation
3.40pm - 4.10pm  Abstract presentation
  Abstract presentation
4.15pm - 4.45pm Abstract presentation     Abstract presentation
4.50pm - 5.20pm  Abstract presentation     Abstract presentation
5.30pm - 7.00pm Cocktails, Canapes and Jazz Social Function
Tait Technology Centre Atrium


Saturday 13 May

7.45am  - 1.00pm Registration open
8.00am - 9.00am  Breakfast session
Hospital in the Home
Elaine Lennan
9.00am - 9.40am The biology of cancer
Jim Edwards
9.40am - 10.10am Morning tea amongst the exhibition
10.15am - 11.05am  Radiation Therapies
Jo Tuaine, Dunedin Hospital
Novel therapies
11.10am - 12.00pm Patient wellness Clinical trials 
12.00pm - 1.00pm Lunch amongst the exhibition
1.00pm - 2.00pm Heart of health
2.00pm - 3.00pm Health Literacy
Susan Reid
3.00pm - 3.30pm Conference closing and presentations
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