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Radiotherapy update for nurses

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course aims to inform nurses on current guidelines and best practice in radiotherapy nursing to providing quality patient care. The sessions will cover types of radiotherapy used in treating specific types of cancers, patient assessment, signs of therapeutic interventions, radiation induced side effects and the nursing management of people undergoing radiotherapy. The participants will have an opportunity to network, discuss challenges faced in their clinical practice, and develop strategies to overcome barriers to positively impact patient outcomes. Issues related to radiation hazards and principles of protection will also be discussed.

Dates and locations

We are currently planning our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.

Fees

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • perform specific assessments on patients undergoing radiotherapy throughout the continuum of care
  • list signs of therapeutic treatments and identify radiation specific induced side effects
  • explain how radiation therapy affects the way body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients and use this knowledge to educate patients
  • reflect on current practice and implement evidence-based nursing interventions to  the plan of care 
  • serve as a leader, role model, and mentor for the professional development of peers and colleagues
  • collaborate and consult with patient and family, along with the multidisciplinary team, to enhance desired clinical outcomes.

Program outline

 

8.45am 

Registration and welcome

9.00am  

Introduction to radiotherapy

10.00am

Morning tea 

10.15am

Brain tumour radiotherapy

11.15am

Head and neck radiotherapy

12.15pm

Lunch

1.00pm

Lung cancer and radiotherapy

2.00pm

Prostate cancer and radiotherapy

3.00pm

Afternoon tea

3.15pm

Wound care after radiation therapy

4.00pm

Nutritional support during radiation therapy

4.45pm

Evaluation and close