The General Patient with Cardiac Deterioration

South Pacific

Carnival Splendor | Departing Sydney

17 September – 25 September 2021
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A Focus on Cardiac Assessment, and Management of a Patient Deteriorating with a Cardiac Complication.


The General Patient with Cardiac Deterioration

This Conference will focus on cardiac assessment, and management of a patient deteriorating with a cardiac complication. It will include exploration of the role of the Nurse and or Paramedic in cardiac disease management as well as examining the Nurse’s role in the assessment of the deterioration of a patient in a surgical ward and or medical ward from cardiac complications from diagnosis through to advocacy. The content of the Conference applies also to the Nurse in the community setting with assessment of a patient deteriorating with cardiac disorders such as heart failure. 

This conference is applicable to every area of Nursing, from the acute setting in the emergency department, to the ward Nurse managing a patient with cardiac complications. Cardiac disorders are increasing and are considered one of the most common disorders affecting all ages. All Nurses must have advanced knowledge of the red flags and associated clinical presentation of a patient deteriorating with a cardiac complication regardless of the primary condition of their admission. 


Conference Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the skills required to recognise and undertake clinical assessment of the patient with Cardiac complications inclusive of ecg interpretation of myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death.
  • Review a variety of clinical conditions relating to cardiac disease and disorders.
  • Discuss cardiac disorders affecting young adults through to the older adult.
  • Discover how to apply critical thinking via a scenario-based teaching approach. Gain assertiveness skills to enhance effective communication, and timely intervention, within the healthcare team.


The Venue:

Set to call Sydney home as of December 2019, Carnival Splendor will be the newest and largest ship home ported year-round in Australia, the length of three football fields and an impressive 14 decks high and have a capacity of 3,700 guests.

Active types will appreciate the two pools, & two spas, a sports deck with mini golf, running track and sports courts.

Let’s Talk About Your Accommodation – Relax in a lively style and smart sophistication. Our modern inside staterooms are highlighted with appointments like a TV, sitting area and more.

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 – You’ve got a foodie in you — everyone does! Awaken and delight yours on this cruise with delicious main dishes, tempting desserts and general yumminess everywhere you look.

There is plenty of choice but where to start? Including four new dining options – Masala Tiger, Fahrenheit 555, Pizzeria del Capitano and Seafood Shack.

Enjoy Fabulous On Board Entertainment – Here’s your chance to dip a toe into on board entertainment, activities, bars and more… so that when you cruise, you’re ready to dive headfirst into the fun.

There’s stage shows, comedy bars, live music, and karaoke just to name a few of the entertainment choices you have to enjoy on board.

Relax & Unwind -Sometimes you just need to get away… from all that vacation. We know — sitting at home, it’s hard to imagine that, but trust us — it’s really, really nice to have a place to unwind from the day’s excitement.

Escape to a world designed, from the ground up, for relaxation. Cloud 9 Spa staff are masters (or, maybe more like artists) trained in the craft of simply helping you chill.

Presenters :

Anne Evans-Murray

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. 

Currently, she is a guest lecturer at Bond University medical school. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences & seminars throughout Australia & New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias & ECG interpretation, chest x-rays interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertion training and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors and paramedics. 

Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient’s condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes. 

She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”,  “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’.  Her ECG book is a textbook sold in many universities in Australia.

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. The first session in Module One should be viewed prior to the commencement of the Conference as it will provide you with the necessary knowledge to support your learning in the other modules presented at the Conference.

Disclaimer: Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NFN 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: Thursday 17th September
Departure: Sydney

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

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

Day 2: Friday 18th September
At Sea – 6 CPD Hours

Conference Day – Topics covered:

  • Basics of cardiac electrophysiology
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Metabolic syndrome
Day 3: Saturday 19th September
At Sea – 6 CPD Hours

Conference Day – Topics covered:

  • Pharmacology
  • Recognition of the difference between Syncope
  • Sudden Cardiac Death Assessment
Day 4: Sunday 20th September
Mare Island, New Caledonia

Wild by nature, the island’s landscapes effortlessly combine the spectacle of steep cliffs and dense, dark forests with fine sand coves and impressive rocky headlands. Quite unlike anywhere else, the scenery provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to explore what makes Maré Island so unique.

Day 5: Monday 21st September
Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Mystery Island. A little secret gem off Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. Only reachable by cruise ship. If you’ve got a day to spend there, there is plenty to do.

Wander through the beach village markets and meet the friendly happy locals selling sarongs, postcards and other island trinkets. There’s a large open-air braiding hut and various food and drink stands. You must try the freshly cooked lobster and banana pie!

Day 6: Tuesday 22nd September
Noumea, New Caledonia

An understated and underappreciated cultural mixing pot, brimming with stunning views, rich food and a turbulent but fascinating history. 

The mix of both French and local Kanak culture, intermingled with aspects of Vietnamese and Indonesian influence, has created a unique travel experience in Nouméa and New Caledonia.

Day 7: Wednesday 23rd September
At Sea – 6 CPD Hours

Conference day, topics include:

  • Heart Failure
  • Clinical Assessment of the Patient with Anaphylactic Shock  / or Cardiogenic Shock
  • Auscultation of Heart sounds and Measurement of JVP, valve disorders
  • Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Arrhythmias
  • Complications of MI and Right Ventricular MI

Day 8: Thursday 24th September
At Sea – 6 CPD Hours

Conference day, topics include:

  • Assessment of a patient with Endocarditis / Myocarditis  / Pericarditis and others SD
  • Interpretation of MI and arrhythmias
  • Unusual -presentations of Myocardial Ischemia
  • Takotsubo syndrome
  • Communication of the deteriorating patient

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

Day 9 : Friday 25th September
At Sea – 6 CPD Hours

Disembark in Sydney – Safe travels!



Please Note:

We have created an exclusive online Conference library website for our attendees to access prior to the commencement of the Conference. The online library is provided to you so that you can create your own Conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

Library Content Includes:

  • Recorded webinars
  • Self-directed learning activities and
  • Other supporting documents for the face to face presentations

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.

For information relating to the education component of the event please contact the Nurses for Nurses Network on 07 4151 3884 or email

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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 the Nurses for Nurses network reserves the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

Optional Tours

No exclusive shore tours are offered for this event. However there are things to see and do at each port. Please feel free to ask us on board about what to expect and take when going on shore. Please remember to take sun screen and wear sun protective clothing.

Cabin Selection Twin Share per person
Inside Cabin from $904  Including $50 pp On Board Credit     
Ocean View Cabin from $1399  Including $50 pp On Board Credit      
Balcony Cabin from $1599 Including $50 pp On Board Credit       
Conference Attendance Fee $990
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  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • 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 Conveners 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
  • There will be an opportunity to attend a number of open forum networking sessions and a group dinner. Details will be advised on board.
  • 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

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 (NfNN), 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. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time. 

Prices include exclusive conference activities, selected cabin accommodation, meals, 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. Carnival Cruise Lines has reserved the right to re-cost pricing in the event of significant currency fluctuations. A non refundable deposit of $300 pp is due at time of booking with the balance payable by 17th June 2020..

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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