Nurses work in a variety of settings and are well positioned to assist in the identification of people at-risk of eye disease which can assist in tackling the 90 per cent of vision loss that can be avoided or treated with early detection.
Practice nurses provide assessment, screening, treatment care and education to patients from all sections of the community. Knowledge of eye health and awareness of the need for vision care is of particular importance when nurses are seeing patients with diabetes, depression, the elderly and those at-risk of eye disease.
The Vision Initiative, working in partnership with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association (APNA), has developed two eye health and vision care online learning modules. The self-directed learning tutorials are designed to provide nurses and midwives with best practice learning on eye health and vision care that can then be applied in every day nursing practice.
Each module is accredited by the professional association and includes an assessment offering CPD points on completion. Both modules have been developed to ensure that practice nurses, nurses and midwives are aware of:
- common causes of vision loss
- risk factors
- how to detect vision loss
- latest treatments available
- referral pathways and access to low vision services.
APNA: ‘An introduction to eyes’
Subscription: free for APNA members ($38.50 for non APNA members) Accreditation: 1 CPD hour.
To access the training module visit the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association (APNA) website.
ANMF: ‘Vision care’
Subscription: $7.70 for ANMF, QNMU, and NSWNMA members ($30.00 for non members) Accreditation: 2 CPD hours.
To access the training module visit the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) website.