Nursing Fundamentals Unleashed

All Inclusive 15 Day Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Norwegian Bliss | Departing Miami, Florida | Returning Los Angeles, California

22 February – 9 March 2025
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Nursing fundamentals refer to the essential principles, skills, & knowledge that form the basis of nursing practice. They encompass a wide range of foundational concepts & abilities that nurses must master to provide patients with safe, effective, & therapeutic care.
These essential principles change based on the latest research, and this conference will update this core knowledge to reflect what expected in 2025.
Conference Synopsis:

Nursing fundamentals refer to the essential principles, skills, and knowledge that form the basis of nursing practice. They encompass a wide range of foundational concepts and abilities that nurses must master to provide safe, effective, and therapeutic care to patients. These essential principles change based on the latest Research and this conference will update this core knowledge to reflect what is expected in 2025.

Some of the key components of nursing fundamentals that will be explored in this conference program include:

Patient safety, effective communication, latest infection control guidelines, critical thinking, ethical and legal awareness, cultural competence, leadership and teamwork, and Medication Management. These key components improve patient outcomes and enhances the overall healthcare experience.

Additionally, our presenter will explore the concepts of finding joy in the work, managing the response to workplace stress, and
developing great relationships in the workplace.

This will include a workshop focusing on stress management techniques and strategies to promote the clinician’s psychological health.

Conference Learning Outcomes:

At this conference you will:

  • Explore workplace issues that impact job satisfaction and strategies to amend the same
  • Investigate updates in the fundamentals of Nursing Practice, Nursing Ethics, and Code of Conduct in 2025
  • Review core competencies, including basic life support, advanced life support, and medication management
  • Understand the concept of incivility and why workplace manners are so important
You will also Learn:
  • How to find joy in your work
  • About stress and how it can lead to burnout
  • Strategies to get the joy back into your work experience
  • Techniques to employ to assist you manage workplace stress
  • How to get your voice heard
  • About patient safety and what adverse events are trending in 2025
  • The latest medications on the market and practice your maths
  • How critical thinking can impact your work and how to mentor others
  • What’s happening in the world of infection control
  • What role leadership plays in collaboration and what skills we need to work effectively as part of a team
  • How knowledge of ethical principles and legal responsibilities provides a solid foundation to navigate ethical dilemmas and legal complexities with confidence, ensuring the safety and rights of both the Nurse and the patient.
  • About our code of conduct and look at the legal situations that can arise.
  • How cultural awareness enhances your work
  • Why you need to understand professional boundaries
  • How the mandatory notification system works
  • Why and how social media can get you into trouble
  • Many more concepts that will support your work in 2025 and beyond

CPD Hours: 32

Our Presenter:



Sue is the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network. Sue is a key contributor to the online education platform Nursing CPD – a Continuing Professional Development platform to assist Nurses in meeting their annual CPD requirements.

As a Registered Nurse, Sue holds Degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, and Training and Assessment. She is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Clinical Supervisor.

Sue has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, and senior manager. She has presented at local and international conferences on many topics including, key issues in healthcare, such as the psychological impact of the work that Nurses do and how the work requirements to deliver healthcare impact the health of the clinician. Other topics presented comprise of Nursing Leadership, Emergency Management, Mental health, Aged Care, Advanced Life Support, Assertiveness, Grief and Loss, and Workplace Bullying.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in how the community and Nurses experience the healthcare system.

“Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and work in difficult environments that can take advantage of their commitment to ensuring the best possible care is delivered. To continue to meet professional and community expectations Nurses and Midwives need to acknowledge their unique contribution to health care delivery and assert their collective strength to safeguard the community and ensure their ongoing professional needs are recognised and met.

Healthcare should be delivered by competent, knowledgeable individuals to ensure the best possible experience for the recipient of that care. Nursing is a fabulous profession.  The knowledge and skill of the individual Nurse will have the greatest influence on the happiness and health outcomes of each and every client”.

Sue looks forward to sharing not only her many years of clinical experience but also to facilitating opportunities for attendees to share experiences and challenges with each other. There will be lots of fun to be had within the learning environment. Get ready to sail the high seas with us!

Ports of Call:
  • Miami, Florida
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Colon, Panama
  • Panama Canal
  • Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Los Angeles, California

The Cruise Ship: Norwegian Bliss

Custom-built for the spectacular, Norwegian Bliss features a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to soak in every stunning moment. Come aboard and experience the best dining, entertainment, and amenities at sea against a backdrop of unrivaled natural beauty.

Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, the complimentary dining options include three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices.

Burn rubber at the racetrack and then challenge your friends or family to some friendly competition on the Aqua Racer. Dare to whoosh over the side of the ship on Ocean Loops before dodging lasers during an exhilarating game of laser tag.

Or choose to start your day with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 specialty treatments offered by their well-trained massage therapists. Then unwind in the Thermal Suite with a steam or a dip in the Vitality Pool. Within these tranquil walls, experience the Salt Room, a dramatic grotto surrounded with layers of body-cleansing salt crystals.

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.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive* accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

Education at Sea and The Nurses for Nurses Network combine great education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to Nursing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

The Online Library:

The Library has been created so that you have access to some of the Conference content prior to our sail date. The documents, including self-directed activities and webinars, from our Conference Presenter, are provided so that you can create your own conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

Disclaimer: Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NFNN and EAS reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

Day and Location Events
Day 1: Saturday, 22nd February 2025
Departure: Miami, Florida 5.30pm

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

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

Day 2: Sunday, 23rd February 2025
At Sea

Seminar sessions included today:

  • Scope of Practice
  • The Concept of Incivility
  • Why Workplace Manners Matter and what do they look like in 2025

6pm – 7pm: Social Get Together – a bit of fun and get to know each other. Each night conference Facilitators and Presenters will be at the venue and would love to meet with you.

Day 3: Monday, 24th February 2025
At Sea

Seminar sessions included today:

  • Finding Joy in the Work I Do
  • Let’s Investigate Workplace Stress
  • Techniques we can use to Find Joy in the Workplace • Let’s Practice Those Techniques: A Workshop of Discovery
Day 4: Tuesday, 25th February 2025
Cartagena, Colombia

Explore this port of call:

The old walled city of Cartagena reflects a turbulent history of conquistadors and pirates. Climb “las murallas” for an unforgettable view of the harbour. Shop for emeralds and leather goods along the cobblestone streets of this enchanting city.

Day 5: Wednesday, 26th February 2025
Colón, Panama

Explore this port of call:

Sail into the Caribbean seaport of Colón and grab a good spot on deck so you can take in the view. What a picture it is. Behold the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the famous Panama Canal. Born from a desire to get to California (and its Gold Rush) as fast as possible, this industrious town was the last stop on the 19th century Panama Railroad. It’s now home to Canal Zones, U.S. military bases and of course, beauty.

Day 6: Thursday, 27th February 2025
Transit Panama Canal
Experience one of the world’s best short cuts! Journey 40 miles through the Panama Canal for an unforgettable experience. Witness first-hand one of the world’s manmade short cuts that has changed travel and the transport of goods worldwide.
Day 7: Friday, 28th February 2025
At Sea

Seminar sessions included today:

  • Communication & Advocacy
  • Patient Safety
  • Medication Administration
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Day 8: Saturday, 1st March 2025
Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Explore this port of call: 

Stroll the seaport town with its multi-coloured cottages and local markets. Head to Carara Tropical Rainforest to explore exotic flora and fauna with a naturalist guide.


Coming soon…

Day 9: Sunday, 2nd March 2025
At Sea

Seminar sessions included today:

  • Wound Care: What’s in a Name?
  • Leadership & Team Collaboration
  • Ethical & Legal Considerations
  • Standards for Practice
Day 10: Monday, 3rd March 2025
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Explore this port of call:

This port city was constructed in 1984 to help connect nearby cities. Travellers often venture out to Antigua, a 90-minute trek to where 17th century colonial facades beckons and Guatemalan history comes alive.


Coming soon…

Day 11: Tuesday, 4th March 2025
At Sea

Seminar sessions included today:

  • Let’s Explore Professional Boundaries
  • Mandatory Notifications
  • A Little bit on the use of Social Media
Day 12: Wednesday, 5th March 2025
Manzanillo, Mexico

Explore this port of call:

Picturesque fishing port-turned-tourist resort and self proclaimed sail fish capital of the world. Spectacular snowcapped volcanoes offer sights rarely seen. The waters and beautiful lagoons of Manzanillo are ideal for water sports.

Day 13: Thursday, 6th March 2025
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Explore this port of call:

Smaller and more subdued than Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta has retained a good deal of its small village charm along with 26 miles of spectacular beaches along the Banderas Bay. Stroll the cobblestone streets to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Or peruse the many local wares for sale at the open-air markets.

Day 14: Friday, 7th March 2025
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Explore this port of call:

Cabo’s signature landmark is El Arco (“The Arch”), a rock formation at the tip of “Land’s End.” The jewel of the Baja Peninsula is famous for its world-class sportfishing, as well as its high-end resorts and exclusive gated communities that line an area simply called “the Corridor.”

Day 15: Saturday, 8th March 2025
At Sea

Enjoy your free day to explore the ship or practice your mindfulness and meditation.

Day 16: Wednesday 9th March 2025
7am, Los Angeles
Disembark – Safe travels!

For information relating to cabin pricing, bookings and travel requirements such as travel insurance please complete the booking enquiry box or email

Itinerary Disclosure: Cruise Itinerary, Seminar topics and Seminar Education program are subject to change without notice.

Presenter Disclosure: Education at Sea and the Nurses for Nurses Network makes every effort to ensure the advertised presenters deliver the program. However in the unlikely event a presenter is unavailable we reserve the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

Optional Tours
1st March 2025: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Details coming soon…..

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3rd March 2025: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Details coming soon…..

Time: TBA

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Cabin Selection Twin Share per person – Includes Dining, Unlimited Drinks Package, Speciality dining vouchers, Basic WiFi package
Inside Cabin from $3873 per person twin share 
Ocean View Cabin from $4950 per person twin share  
Balcony Cabin  from $6027 per person twin share 
Single Occupancy Cabin  from $5596                     
Conference Attendance Fee $1290 per delegate


What’s included in your Conference Registration?

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice information equating to 32 CPD Hours
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
  • Conference Presenter that is a recognised expert in her field & is excited to be able to share her skill, knowledge, & 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 & network with Conference Convenors & Conference Presenter/s
  • A Conference pack 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) & 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 & Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships & information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference, including the session synopsis & session presenter/s
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

Prices include exclusive conference activities, selected cabin accommodation, meals, unlimited drinks, speciality dining vouchers, entertainment, gratuities, fees and taxes. Guest price includes all of the above with the exception of the seminar fee. Gratuities, fees and taxes are subject to change without notice. A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is due at time of booking with the balance payable by 4th November 2024.

Cancellation Penalties and Disclosure:
Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. All deposits and seminar registration fee’s are non refundable. CPD Cruises Pty Ltd trading as Education at Sea and the Nurses for Nurses Network will not be responsible for any financial loss due to cancellation from unforeseen circumstances. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at time of booking your cruise conference.

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