Cruise Seminars Event

Fundamentals of Perioperative Nursing

Event date 4 November 2024 - 13 November 2024    
Event time South Pacific (from Sydney)
Ship Ovation of the Seas
Nights 9 Nights

Embark on a cruise to the stunning South Pacific islands with Royal Caribbean International's Ovation of the Seas, as you immerse yourself in our CPD course: Fundamentals of Perioperative Nursing. Join a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who will deliver an unparalleled educational experience for all participants.


Fundamentals of perioperative nursing are the essential principles that guide health care professionals in providing safe and efficient care for patients within the operating theatre complex.


These principles cover a broad range of pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative activities, including patient assessment, monitoring for deterioration during surgery and in PACU. Additionally, they include educating staff on how to improve communication and respond to clinical emergencies such as shock, anaphylaxis and sepsis.


This 20-hour CPD course is recommended for nurses who work in the perioperative environment. Education sessions will include interactive presentations, case studies and simulations.




At the end of this course the participant should be able to..


• Identify, assess and manage a medical emergency in the perioperative environment using a structured approach.


• Discuss and review acute clinical presentations commonly seen in PACU.


• Review the NSQHS standards that are used in the perioperative setting and discuss how they are implemented to improve clinical practice and ensure patient safety.


• Outline the importance of teamwork, leadership and communication during a perioperative emergency.






Presented on board
Royal Caribbean International

Departing Sydney
4 - 13 NOVEMBER 2024
9-Night Cruise to the South Pacific



• Embarkation & Cruise Seminars registration.

• Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney.


Pre-cruise Readings (2 CPD)

Prior to the cruise you will be provided with case studies to read and activities to complete. The case studies will be discussed during the Coroner's Cases session later in the course. This activity will contribute 2 CPD hours towards the total 20 CPD hours available in this course.



09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Welcome & Introduction.

• Escalation of Care in the Perioperative Unit.

• The A-E Approach to a Perioperative patient.

• The Importance of Teamwork and Communication.

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-15:00 Afternoon Education Sessions (2 CPD)

• Cardiac Monitoring & ECG Analysis.

• Acute Coronary Syndrome.



09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Patient Deterioration in the PACU.

• Anaphylaxis.

• Management of the Obstructed Airway in Theatres.

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-15:00 Afternoon Education Sessions (2 CPD)

• Emergency Management of Bradycardias and Tachycardias.


Evening (Time TBA)


For all course participants, courtesy of Cruise Seminars (1 hour).



Mystery Island is a small, uninhabited island in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province boasting white sand, snorkelling and swimming opportunities.


Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu. Optional day trips (at additional cost) include the Cascade Waterfalls and the Ekasup Cultural Village.



Enjoy your day at sea. Why not take a dip in one of the pools, check out the live entertainment or just relax in a deckchair!


10 NOVEMBER 2024

Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia and is one of the largest ports in the South Pacific. The city lies on a protected deep-water harbour, serving as the chief port for New Caledonia.

11 NOVEMBER 2024

09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Blood Gas Analysis and its use in the PACU.

• Advanced Life Support in the Operating Theatres (theory only).

12:00-13:00 LUNCH


13:00-15:00 Afternoon Education Sessions (2 CPD)

• Stroke.

• Post-Operative Delirium.

12 NOVEMBER 2024

09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Coroner's Court: Perioperative Case Studies.

• Sepsis.

• 12 Years of Recognising and Responding to Patient Deteriorations: "What Have We Learnt?".

This afternoon is at your leisure!


13 NOVEMBER 2024

Arrival in Sydney. We trust you have enjoyed this Cruise Seminars event. We wish you a safe onward journey home and look forward to welcoming you back on board another time.


Introducing your education team for our Fundamentals of Perioperative Nursing course. Our faculty consists of highly accomplished, dedicated healthcare professionals who together will bring their knowledge and experience to ensure a thoroughly educational, interactive and enjoyable experience for all.


KATE PYWELL BN (ACU), GradDipAcuteCare (UTS)


Kate has worked in Critical Care specialties throughout her extensive nursing career. Over the last 25 years she has held the roles of CNS, CNE & Acting NUM in the Mater Hospital ICU, and now is a Clinical Nurse Educator for PACU within the Mater Hospital Operating Theatres. For the past 8 years, Kate has worked as an instructor with the Australian Resuscitation Council regularly providing ALS-1 and ALS-2 courses to medical professionals. Over the years Kate has contributed to improving patient safety through the development and implementation of various quality improvement policies and teaching. In her current role Kate is able to positively influence clinical practice at the bedside and is a passionate advocate for patient-focused care and support of new graduate nurses transitioning into the workforce.




Merrin is the Emergency Care Coordinator at the Mater Hospital North Sydney where she has also worked as a Senior Ward Registrar for the past fifteen years. Prior to that, she was a senior RMO in St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency in Darlinghurst for ten years. Within her role at the Mater, she is responsible for the implementation of NSQHS Standard 8 (Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration). This has involved education and training sessions with nursing and medical staff, review of all patient deteriorations within the Mater Hospital and conducting Resus4Kids courses. She is also an experienced ALS-1 and ALS-2 Instructor and Course Director with the Australian Resuscitation Council and was responsible for the development of the Mater Hospital ALS Course Centre.


COLETTE FOUDY BNProfHons, MClinNurs, Cert IV Education & Teaching


Colette is a Critical Care Nurse Educator at St George Private Hospital Sydney and has 25 years critical care experience in Australia and the UK. Within this role she has been responsible for the development and implementation of education programs including Critical Care Nursing Foundation, NSQHS Standard 8 Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration education, Basic and Advanced Life Support and Resus4Kids. Colette is an experienced Australian Resuscitation Council Course Director, regularly teaching BLS, ALS1 and ALS2 courses. Colette is passionate on educating staff of the early detection and management of clinical deterioration to improve patient outcomes. In her current role as ICU Educator, Colette is also able to positively influence clinical practice at the bedside and is a fierce advocate for patient-centred care.



GAIL FORREST BN, MResEd, GradCertHEd, GradCertHSM (Safety & Quality)


Gail is an experienced leader and educator in interdisciplinary healthcare education. Her experience in health care education spans more than two decades and involves multi-professional education across a variety of tertiary higher education and clinical health sector settings. Gail is passionate about improving the quality and safety of patient care through developing and delivering excellence in clinical education and believes in creating a culture of learning in healthcare. Gail has worked in a variety of critical care settings including Emergency, ICU, and CCU and is an Instructor and Course Director for the Australian Resuscitation Council. Gail currently works as Associate Director Clinical Education Strategy, Research and Evaluation at the Health Education and Training Institute, NSW Health.



MIKE RISTUCCIA BClinPrac(Paramedic)


Mike is a former Intensive Care Paramedic with the NSW Ambulance where he was employed for 27 years. He is now responsible for coordinating all of the courses for Cruise Seminars and is your onboard event manager. Mike's role is to organise all aspects of the event, right down to the smallest detail, ensuring your Cruise Seminars event is enjoyable, educational and memorable. Mike is always available to chat during the cruise and with over 40 cruises under his belt, he enjoys sharing his hints and tips on cruising, what to do ashore or where to cruise to next!




Your Education Venue:
Royal Caribbean International
Ovation of the Seas


Marvel at one of Royal Caribbean International's newest ships - Ovation of the Seas. Launched in 2016, the Ovation of the Seas offers guests a variety of unique activities, entertainment and dining options. Experience the North Star for panoramic views 90m above the water, be amazed at the Bionic Bar as robotic arms mix your favourite drink or indulge in mouth-watering food at Jamie's Italian restaurant. Ovation of the Seas has it all!



• Multiple dining options including Jamie's Italian, American Icon Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Chops Grill plus much more!


• More than 7 bars including the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr®, multiple lounges and entertainment venues.


• North Star: Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 90 metres above sea level giving breathtaking 360° views of the sea.


• A choice of pools including an adults-only solarium pool - a glass canopied retreat.


• An indoor pool with retractable roof.


A 67-metre outdoor poolside cinema screen.


• ..and much more!

*Some dining options and activities may incur an additional fee.