2018 Health Care Policy & Leadership Conference
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2018 Health Care Policy & Leadership Conference

TNP's Health Policy and Leadership Conference will feature a day of in-depth, interactive conversations on the APRN and nursing legislative agenda in Texas, and national trends in NP policy across the country. In addition to legislative sessions, attendees will enjoy a discussion on nurse executive, legislative, and grassroots leadership, and a networking event with Capitol staff.

When: Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Texas Capitol Auditorium, Room E1.004
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas  78701
United States
Contact: Bella Key

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Texas Health Care Policy & Leadership Conference

Texas Capitol Auditorium
Room E1.004
Speakers subject to change


8:00 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 10:00 am
NP's and the 86th Legislative Session: A conversation on the APRN & Nursing Agenda, regulatory issues, and the Speaker’s race in 2019 (Casey Haney, Legislative Consultant with Blakemore & Associates; Andy Cates, General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs, Texas Nurses Association; and Kevin Stewart, Health Care Attorney & APRN Regulatory Consultant)

10:00 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:15 am
Conversation with Capitol Staffers: A closer look at Texas's interim charges on mental health for school-aged children, rural healthcare access, and the ongoing opioid crisis 
(Trish Conradt, Chief of Staff to Rep. Gary VanDeaver; Bryan Shufelt, Chief of Staff to Rep. Stephanie Klick; and Amanda Tollett, Chief of Staff to Rep. Sheffield,)

11:15 - 11:30 am

11:30 - 12:30 pm
National Policy Update: State of NP Laws Across the Country

(Christy Blanco and Jessica Peck, AANP Regional Representative)

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch 
Legislative Conference Center, E2.002

1:30 - 2:30 pm
NP Leadership Roundtable: How to advance your leadership opportunities at work, in the community, and in the public sector 
(Moderator: Dr. Stephanie Woods, Dean of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Panelists: Courtney Sherman, appointee to the Governor’s Statewide Health Coordinating Council; Erin Perez, Appointee to HHSC Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council; and Courtney Bearden, Former Director of Nursing for Bluebonnet Trails Community Center)

2:30 pm 
Ice Cream Social with Capitol staff
Conference Center, E2.002

Members: $80

Student Members: $55

Non-Members: $115

Continuing Education:

This activity is approved for 5.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 18093380. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Parking and Directions:

Attendees may park in the Visitor’s Parking Garage on 12th Street and San Jacinto Street. For additional parking info, please visit: http://www.tspb.texas.gov/plan/parking/parking.html


Boxed lunches will be provided; however, if you have specific dietary requirements, you may wish to purchase your own lunch at the Capitol Grill.

What to Wear:

Please wear professional attire (business casual).

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellations must be sent in writing to bella@texasnp.org by November 2, 2018. Please note that a $10 fee will be assessed upon cancellation. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing refunds. 

Contact Us

Texas Nurse Practitioners
4425 S. Mopac, Building III
Suite 405 Austin, TX 78735
P: 512.291.6224
F: 512.291.6225

Our Mission

TNP is the voice of Texas Nurse Practitioners dedicated to improving patient access to quality health care.