23 - 24 July, 2019 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC

Virginia Boyd

Director People, Culture & Development
Albury Wodonga Health

11:30 AM CASE STUDY: Creating Positive Work Environments to Support Nurses in their Role

Nursing work environments are significant because they have an important impact on nurses’ ability to deliver safe, effective and high-quality care. This presentation will cover:

  • How to empower nurses by giving them autonomy and accountability within their scope of practice, and the support, resources and opportunities you can offer to help them grow into nurse leaders
  • The key to a positive work environment is for nurses to develop strong working relationships with their peers, acknowledge individual contributions and establish work satisfaction
  • The role of NUMs in leadership –role modeling desired behaviours and encouraging feedback from staff and patients to demonstrate their commitment to creating a positive learning environment
  • Empowering Nurse leaders to development their people skills and effective communication skills to enable better working relationships, including the use of effective and early feedback to build trust and manage employees through an early intervention model

2:30 PM EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Planning For a Future-Ready Workforce to Address the Rising Pressures Imposed by an Aging Population and the Prevalence of Technology

With projections for a significant shortage of nurses in the year 2020, the need to plan for the workforce of the future has never been greater. Unfortunately, what with technology, changing expectations and high acuity nursing with more complex patients, the pressure on our nurses is mounting. This panel will discuss:

  • Changing expectations of nurses in their role – a frank discussion about how nurses are coping with their mounting workloads and why leadership must intervene to support nurses
  • Ongoing and frequent training is critical to establish strong capabilities in leadership, technology and management, with case scenarios and learning by doing as great ways to train and educate
  • The need for more consistency in orientation programs to ensure strong foundational skills for our graduate nurses
  • Testing the technology with nurses to ensure usability and that it is truly in the nurses’ best interests


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Virginia.

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