Workplace Wellness Conference

South Pacific

Carnival Splendor | Departing Sydney

3 July – 11 July 2020
Download PDF

How to Nurse Your Sick Workplace Back to Being Truly Great


Workplace Wellness Conference

Now, from the outset, let me say this: if you think because you’re not a nurse manager, you can’t nurse your culture back to good health, then frankly, that’s like saying the only person responsible for delivering great patient outcomes is the doctor.   

Culture is exactly the same. 

They say stress won’t kill you, but your reaction to it will. 

Workplace stress is considered the number one performance killer in organisations: $125 billion is spent annually in Australia for poor wellbeing of workers who are stressed and struggling.

During this conference, I promise two things:

One: I’m going to reorient your perceptions about the profound impact you can truly have in curing toxic workplaces.  After all, there’s nothing more disillusioning than feeling powerless in a place where you probably spend a considerable amount of your time. 

Two: I’m going to give you a 4-step strategy to nursing your workplace back to good health: I call it Code GREaT.

If you can learn to talk and play, then you exponentially increase your literacy skills so you can communicate to children and adults in creative, playful yet effective ways. To do this you will need to learn about how children develop sequentially and holistically.


  • Identify the core elements to workplace stress and poor organisation culture
  • Analyse the potential opportunities for cognitively restructuring our mindset towards our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous healthcare industry
  • Adapt multiple strategies to deliver a meaningful contribution to nursing our sick workplace cultures back to good health
  • Execute on an action plan to deliver on key deliverables, including improving your workplace culture, re-evaluating how to see individuals and reducing your workplace-related stress

The venue for the Conference is the Carnival Splendor, a most fabulous Conference venue where you can explore key destinations throughout the South Pacific outside the Conference program hours.


Nicole Nash-Arnold

Nicole Nash-Arnold is a Nurse educator and facilitator who helps transform accomplished clinical Nurses into empowered and respected leaders.

She shares her 15 years of experience in senior and executive health leadership roles to germinate great leaders: whether that’s leading a team of fellow Nurses on night duty or senior Nursing executives.  Nicole has over 10 years’ experience in the theatre, many years in education and post-graduate qualifications in Nursing.


Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken is the Consultant and Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support) and has been a proud Registered Nurse for 30 years.

Mark meets with nurses, midwives and nursing and midwifery students across the country to spread the message about the service and listen to what you think should happen next.

Mark has worked in many and varied areas of nursing and midwifery, including general surgical and medical units, critical care, sexual and reproductive health, education, research, project management, maternity services and residential, community and speciality aged care services.

Most recently he has held senior leadership positions within the aged care and health care industry.

Mark is passionate about the nursing and midwifery professions, supporting and mentoring students to ensure they can love the job as much as he does.

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.

The Nurses for Nurses Network combines 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. 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: Friday 3rd July
Departure: Sydney

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

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

Plenary Address : Mark Aitken

Day 2: Saturday 4th July
At Sea

Part 1: Galvanise 

  • Session 1 : Whole Brain Thinking Model – the neuroscience of how nurses think.
  •  Session 2 : Emotional Intelligence – how inclusive are we, really, as teams?
  • Session 3 : Reflection task – to galvanise is to invigorate, motivate and electrify.
Day 3: Sunday 5th July
At Sea

Part 2: Realise –

  • Session 1 : Tribal Leadership incredible insights into what has been going wrong in your workplaces by understanding the 5 stages of Tribal Leadership.
  • Session 2 : Psychological Safety – This session brings awareness of how forgiveness, vulnerability & empathy will cure our cultures in our “VUCA” world.
  • Session 3 : Evaluation tasks – Cultural Assessment Audit Tool to consider your clinical units
Day 4: Monday 6th July
Mare Island
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: Tuesday 7th July
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 6: Wednesday 8th July
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Large beaches of incredibly pure white sand, such as Kuto Bay, are scattered across the island, with extraordinarily clear turquoise waters home to remarkable marine flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered. If you’re dreaming of beautifully clear waters and stunning white sands, Kanumera Bay, Oro Bay and Upi Bay are good places to start.
Day 7: Thursday 9th July
At Sea

Part 3: Evaluate –

  • Session 1 : 4 talks that will inspire you to love change that consolidate what we’ve covered so far
  • Session 2 : Coaching & the Ripple Effect – Evaluation is about narrowing in on the “How-To” of nursing our cultures back to good health.
  • Session 3 : Evaluate your strengths – evaluating our own individual strengths is a powerful way to embracing our gold
Day 8: Friday 10th July
At Sea

Part 4: Transition –

  • Session 1 : Set collaborating ablaze – using the Whole Brain Thinking Model,
  • Session 2 : Taming the Psychos – this session will reveal how to use neuroscience to have clever conversations,
  • Session 3 : Ride the change curve – where change goes to die if you don’t ride it correctly.
Day 9: Saturday 11th July
Arrive : Sydney

Disembark in Sydney – Safe travels!

Program key:

FF – Face to Face
W – Webinar
SD – Self Directed Learning

Please click here for the printable PDF.

For information relating to cabin pricing, bookings and travel requirements such as flights and 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 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.




Optional Shore Tour Disclosure: Optional tours are exclusive to conference delegates and their guests. All tour bookings must be paid in full by the nominated date prior to departure. CPD Cruises Pty Ltd trading as Education at Sea reserves the right to cancel or make changes to optional tours without notice. Tour prices are subject to change without notice. In the event the cruise ship is unable to dock or tender at the nominated port we will attempt to offer alternative tour arrangements. However, we can not guarantee full refund of tour costs. We recommend all attendees and their guests obtain travel insurance at the time of booking.

Cabin Selection Twin Share per person
Inside Cabin from $1119 per person twin share,    Includes $25 pp On Board Credit
Ocean View Cabin from $1599 per person twin share,    Includes $25 pp On Board Credit
Balcony Cabin  from $1699 per person twin share,    Includes $25 pp On Board Credit
Conference Attendance Fee $990 per delegate
Nurses for Nurses Membership details Please click here

What’s included in your Conference Registration?

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice information equating to 24 CPD Hours
  • 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 Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
  • Editable presentation-note handouts that can be downloaded to your device of choice or printed, whichever you choose
  • 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 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
  • 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

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 Line has reserved the right to re-cost pricing in the event of significant currency fluctuations. A non refundable deposit of $250 pp is due at time of booking with the balance payable by 3rd April, 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.

Booking Enquiry

Register your interest in this CPD cruise today Please complete the form in this section to express your interest. We will revert within 48 hours with pricing and other details after confirming cabin availability with our cruise line partners.

General Enquiry?

We invite you to check out our FAQs or Contact Us here