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2015 Leadership Conference

Back by Popular Demand! Texas Nurses Association 2015 Leadership Conference! Sept. 24-25, 2015 Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark 13.25 contact hours Join nurses from all over Texas on Sept. 24-25 in Austin for a salute to the expanding roles of nurses. As nursing opportunities move beyond bedside, classroom, and administrator, are you prepared? Roles for nurses now encompass a wide range of practice settings and areas. The sky’s the limit!

9/24/2015 to 9/25/2015
When: 09/24-25/15
8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Where: Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, Texas  78744
United States
Contact: Leann Ayres
800-862-2022 ext. 139

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At-the-Door Registration is available.  Please call Leann Ayers, 1-800-862-2022 ext. 139 for details.


How Do You Spell N.U.R.S.E.?

Join the Texas Nurses Association for the return of the TNA Leadership Conference. Focusing on the expanding roles of nurses, the conference will feature three nationally-known speakers addressing facets of the future nursing workforce. In addition, a panel will reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2015 Texas legislative session and the impact on nurses and patients.


Mark your calendar: Sept. 24-25 at the Omni at Southpark in Austin


Group Discount: Groups of 5 or more registrants from the same facility are eligible for a 10% discount. To receive the discount, all of the group’s registrations must be received together using the printed registration form (one form for each registrant) and be paid with one payment – either check or credit card. To pay by credit card, please contact the TNA office at 512-452-0645, ext.142. (NOTE: This group discount option is not available to student registrants.)



Hotel: If you are traveling from outside Austin, don’t forget to reserve your hotel room. Rooms at the conference hotel Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark are $149 single/double per night. To reserve a room, contact the hotel at 1-888-444-OMNI or online -  use group code 11800808224 and reserve before Sept. 15, 2015, to get the conference rate.


Contact Hours: Upon successful completion of this conference nurses will be awarded 13.0 continuing nursing education contact hours.

Texas Nurses Association/Foundation Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



Download printable registration form here.



Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

7:30 a.m.          Registration/Network Breakfast/Exhibits


8:30                   Welcome

                          Margie Dorman-O’Donnell, MSN, RN

                          President, Texas Nurses Association


8:45                   State of the Profession

                          Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN

                          Executive Director, Texas Nurses Association


9:30                   Legislative and Policy Round-up

                          Andrew Cates, JD

                          Director of Governmental Affairs, Texas Nurses Association


10:30                 Break


10:45                 Kathy Thomas, MN, RN, FAAN

                          Director, Texas Board of Nursing


                          Elizabeth Sjoberg, JD, RN

                          Associate General Counsel

                          Texas Hospital Association


12:45 p.m.        Lunch


1:30                   Nursing Workforce in Texas (working title)

                          Pam Lauer

                          Program Director
                          Texas Center for Workforce Studies


2:30                   Break


3:00                   New Opportunities for Texas Nurses - Panel Discussion

                          Stephanie Woods, PhD, RN
 Associate Professor/Associate Dean
                          Texas Woman's University Dallas

                          Linda Harrington, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, CNS, CPHQ, CENP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

                          Vice President and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for Texas Catholic Health Initiatives

                          Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN

                          President, The Wise Group

                          Editor in Chief, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

                          Editor in Chief, Nursing Forum

                          Faculty, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

5:15                   Evaluation




Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

7:00 a.m.          Breakfast/Networking/Exhibits


8:00                   Welcome/Introduction


8:15                   The 2020 Game Plan: What Tomorrow’s Nurse Leaders Need to be Doing Today

                          Matt Thornhill

                          Generations Matter


10:30                 Break


11:00                 Nursing’s Future by the Numbers (working title)

                          Peter McMenamin, PhD

                          Senior Policy Fellow, American Nurses Association


12:30 p.m.        Lunch


1:15                   How Do You Spell N.U.R.S.E.

                          Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN

                          Tim Porter-O’Grady Associates


3:30                   Evaluation



Texas Nurses Association/Foundation Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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