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Nurse Day at the Capitol
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 Join nurses from all over Texas on February 18 -19, and let state legislators know how they can help the nursing profession and improve health care for all Texans.

Nurse Day at the Capitol offers nurses the opportunity to speak directly with their state legislators or the legislator’s staff, and educate them on nursing concerns as well as any specific bills that nursing currently supports.

Learn about the nursing issues the Texas Legislature will take on in the 2019 session, become a voice for nursing, and enjoy all the wonders that Austin has to offer at TNA’s 2019 Nurse Day at the Capitol.

Nurse Day Videos

Nurse Day 101 


Legislative Advocacy



Online registration is available until: 2/8/2019
Refunds are not available but purchased registrations may be transferred to another individual.


Both of TNA's hotel blocks are full. We still recommend the Courtyard Austin-University Area Hotel, as non-block rates are comparatively affordable. 

Schedule of Events 

(subject to change) 

Monday, February 18, 2019: Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78701

  • Noon | Registration Check-in
  • 1 p.m. | Welcome
  • 1:10 p.m. | Nurses: Advancing Health Care Through Health Policy
  • 2 p.m. | The State of Health Care in Texas
  • 3 p.m. | Break/Networking/Exhibits
  • 3:30 p.m. | Nurse Day 101 – Legislative Agenda Update (required for all attendees)
  • 5:30 p.m. | Reception (cash-bar)

Tuesday – February 19, 2019: Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

  • 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | 2019 Nurse Day at the Capitol
    Legislator/staff appointments, House and Senate Nurse Day proclamations, photos, and more.

Hotel is within walking distance to the Texas State Capitol. Cost to park individual car in the Texas State Visitors Parking Lot near the Capitol is $12.00/day.


Dr. Mary Wakefield 

Mary Wakefield

Mary K. Wakefield PhD, RN, FAAN is the Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Health Care at Georgetown University and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to these appointments, in March 2015, Wakefield was named by President Barack Obama to serve as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing management and operations with a $1 trillion budget and 80,000 employees. She led strategic department-wide initiatives in key health policy areas, with a particular focus on health and human service programs for vulnerable populations domestically and internationally.

Prior to becoming Acting Deputy Secretary, Wakefield was appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Wakefield’s public service career also includes over eight years working in the United States Senate where she served as a legislative assistant and later as chief of staff to two North Dakota senators: Kent Conrad and Quentin Burdick. Wakefield is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She also serves as a member of the Macy Foundation, NY, the MITRE Health Advisory Committee, Washington DC and the University of Washington Medicine Advisory Board, Seattle. 

Dr. Wakefield has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also completed the Harvard University School of Government’s Program for Senior Managers in Government. Dr. Wakefield is a Registered Nurse and began her nursing career practicing in medical-surgical and intensive care nursing. She is a native of Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Dr. John Hellerstedt

John HellerstedtJohn Hellerstedt, M.D., earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his General Pediatrics Residency at the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center. He moved to Austin in 1981 and spent 18 years working as a pediatrician and departmental chair at Austin Regional Clinic.

Hellerstedt first entered public service as the Medical Director of the Bureau of Medicaid Managed Care and CHIP at the Texas Department of Health in 2000 and became the Medical Director for the Medicaid CHIP Division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 2001.

After seven years with the state government, he accepted a position as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. He became the Associate Chief Medical Officer at Seton Family of Hospitals in 2009 and the Chief Medical Officer in 2013.

In January 2016, Dr. Hellerstedt took on the role of Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. With his leadership, the agency strives to achieve the vision of “A Healthy Texas” and fulfill the mission of improving the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.

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Thank you to our exhibitors and sponsor*


Catherine White
800.862.2022, ext. 136 

Texas Nurses Association

Texas Affiliate of ANA | 4807 Spicewood Springs Rd., Bldg 3, Suite 100, Austin TX 78759

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