2017 Health Care Policy & Leadership Conference
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2017 Health Care Policy & Leadership Conference

TNP's Health Policy and Leadership Conference will feature a day of in-depth, interactive conversations on new state legislation impacting NPs in Texas, and national trends in NP policy and laws across the country. In addition to legislative sessions, attendees will enjoy a discussion on nurse executive, legislative, and grassroots leadership, and a special media training designed specifically for the NP.

When: Friday, November 10, 2017
9:00 AM
Where: Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas  78701
United States
Contact: Erin Cusack

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Texas Health Care Policy & Leadership Conference

Texas Capitol Auditorium
Room E1.004
Speakers subject to change


9:00 – 10:00 am

10:00 – 11:00 am
State Policy Update: APRN Laws, Telemedicine, and Sunset in the 85th Legislative Session
Presented by: Erin Cusack, TNP’s Director of Government Affairs; Nora Belcher, Executive Director of Texas E- health Alliance; Kristin Benton, Director of Nursing, and Jolene Zych, APRN Practice Consultant, Texas Board of Nursing.

11:00 – 11:10 am

11:10 – 12:10 pm
National Policy Update: State of NP Laws Across the Country

Presented by: Christy Blanco and Jessica Peck, AANP Texas Representatives.

12:10 – 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch

Legislative Conference Center, E2.002

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Nurse Practitioners as Leaders: A Discussion with Nurse Executives, Legislators, and Grassroots Activists

Presented by: Donna Howard, State Representative and nurse legislator; Holly Jeffreys, NP appointee to Lt. Governor’s Advisory Board; and Sally Carmen, System Director of Clinical Excellence for Texas Health Resources and Board Member of the Texas Association of Nurse Executives. Moderated by Danielle Pendergrass, AARP's Campaign Outreach Advocate for a Culture of Health (or COACH), state liaison to the Nurses on Boards Coalition, and Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award recipient.

1:50 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Media and Public Relations Training for the Nurse Practitioner

Presented by: Allison Castle, Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations for Blakemore Public Affairs and former Press Secretary/Communications Director for Governor Rick Perry.

3:00 pm:
Conclusion of Event 


Members: $80

Student Members: $55

Non-Members: $115

Continuing Education:

This activity is approved 4.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 17102859. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE 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 admin@texasnp.org by November 1, 2017. 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

The voice of Texas Nurse Practitioners dedicated to improving patient access to quality health care.