Florida’s Advocate for Long Term Care
Providers and the Elders They Serve

FHCA Nurse Leadership Program

Thank you for attending the FHCA 2018 Nurse Leadership Program, Florida’s leading clinical conference for long term care professionals. Designed for all disciplines, this program focused on the new survey process, palliative care to reduce rehospitalization, CMS Requirements of Participation regarding behavioral health and Medical Director requirements, as well as elopement prevention. FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program offers innovative and interactive sessions that will challenge attendees’ knowledge about quality solutions, stimulate open dialogue and empower each other to provide the highest quality of care to long term care residents.

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May 30 - June 1, 2018
Nurse Leadership Program

Don CeSar Hotel
St. Pete Beach, FL
*Pre-Sessions May 29 


  • Click here to download the Brochure for more information.

**New this year, 2018 Nurse Leadership Program T-Shirts are available for purchase! Click here to view the shirt design. Please note, shirt sizes are not guaranteed to all who register after 5/1/18.  

Attendee Information

  • Click here to download the Speaker Handouts (password protected for registered attendees only)

Program Agenda

  • Click here for the speaker bios of the nationally-recognized long term experts for the 2018 Nurse Leadership Program. 

Pre-Sessions Tuesday, May 29

*Additional fees apply for Pre-Sessions. See registration form for pricing. 

Alzheimer's Training, Deborah Afasano, Vice President of Clinical Services, KR Management, LLC
This session will provide eligibility for certification by the DOEA/USF Center on Aging as a facility-based Alzheimer's instructor. Training will highlight techniques on reducing antipsychotics and other important dementia-related topics. Includes training manual.
LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer for RN Instructors (for FHCA members only), Lorraine Fabry, Education Consultant, Hawthorne Health and Rehab
This four-hour session is especially packaged for LTC RN education for RN education directors. A streamlined two-for-one session, it will cover everything required to prepare LPNs to supervise and train CNAs to take the CNA exam. Includes two training manuals.


Wednesday, May 30

Legislative Update, Melody Arnold, Associate Director of Government Affairs, FHCA Tom Parker, Director of Reimbursement, FHCA
The Government Affairs team of FHCA will provide a recap of Florida’s 2018 legislative session and the impacts these legislative changes will have on long term care nurses. The panel will review the outcome of legislation which was introduced, how FY2018-19 legislative budget impacts reimbursement for quality care and other legislation which might affect the day-to-day functions of providing hands-on care.
Palliative Care Reduces RehospitalizationsDr. Leonard Hock, Chief Medical Officer, Trustbridge Palliative Program
Attendees will learn an effective approach for reducing unnecessary rehospitalizations and to validate the resident’s and family’s wishes concerning treatment. The approach will be using palliative care as an option to the treatment choices for the resident and family.
RoP Behavioral Health Requirements and the Role of Medical Directors, Dr. Matthew B.R Nessetti, Medical Director, AllCare Medical Centers & Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Sarasota
Attendees will learn about new CMS requirements concerning the enhanced role of the Medical Director and the new Behavioral requirements from experienced Medical Directors. The role of the Medical Director should be engaged and involved with all aspects of the center operations. This is evidenced by the surveyor guidance of every tag verifying that the Medical Director was involved with the approval of the policy for the specific tag. The new Behavior requirements focus on every aspect that could result in behavioral issues and verifying that the behavior issues have been addressed in every way possible.


Thursday, May 31

Integrating Quality Assessment and Assurance, QAPI into Successful Risk Outcomes, Robin Bleier, President, RB Health Partners, Inc.
The RoP did not eliminate Quality Assessment and Assurance (QAA) but expanded it to also include QAPI. Attendees will learn that properly utilizing the QAA and QAPI will improve the risk outcomes of the center.
Measuring Clinical Competencies, Irene Fleshner, Principle, Reno, Davis and Associates, Inc. and Julie Britton, Corporate Vice President of Clinical Operations, Genesis HealthCare
Attendees will learn methods to measure clinical competencies for employees to ensure the center is meeting the RoP intent. Employee competencies should not only measure skills and understanding, but also have a performance improvement plan for the employee to meet the required competency.
Laws and Rules, Kim Broom, Director of Clinical & Regulatory Services, FHCA
Established in 2013 by the Florida Board of Nursing, “Laws and Rules of the Board of Nursing” must be obtained from an approved continuing education provider and is a required CE topic for nurse licensure renewal. FHCA’s Kim Broom, RN, LHRM and staff liaison to the Board of Nursing, will present a Board-approved session for nurses.
Awards Luncheon & Regulatory Hot Topics, Karen Goldsmith, Partner, Goldsmith & Grout, P.A. and FHCA Regulatory Counsel
FHCA President John Simmons will help us honor this year’s leaders in nursing with the presentation of FHCA’s 2018 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards. After the presentation, FHCA’s Regulatory Counsel, Karen Goldsmith, will provide a legal and regulatory update on recent federal and state case studies ranging from clinical areas to quality of care standards.
Special Session: Human Trafficking, Jodi Bennett, Director, The Porch Light
It is very common that victims of human trafficking obtain medical treatment at some point during their trafficking situation. During this session, the presenter will explore the different types of human trafficking, the different vulnerability factors that lead to trafficking and also the key indicators to look for when assessing whether or not a person may be a victim. This session will provide information regarding both public and private social services available to who are recovered. The presenter will also explore the process of reporting human trafficking victims, as well as different referral options for legal and social services available to those affected by this horrific injustice. This program is required for licensure renewal for RN and LPN licenses.


Friday, June 1

CMS Requirements of Participation and the New Survey Process for Long Term Care Facilities, Kim Smoak, Bureau Chief of Field Operations, Agency for Health Care Administration
Nurse leaders in our field are already experiencing the impact of the CMS Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities phased-in modifications. Themes of these significant operational changes focus on resident-centered care, monitoring, alignment of resources with resident needs, and changing resident acuity. The Agency for Health Care Administration’s Bureau Chief of Field Operations, Kim Smoak, will take participants through the rule and share her insight and knowledge on key aspects related to nurse leaders. Ms. Smoak will also provide an update on the new long term care survey process, which has been in place since November 2017.
Developing Your Successful Elopement Prevention and Response Plans, Robin Bleier, President, RB Health Partners, Inc.
Developing your successful elopement prevention and response plans can be accomplished through a proactive comprehensive interdisciplinary approach. Person-centered evaluations can be developed and implemented to address persons who are at risk to elope, prevention and near misses, including root-cause analysis for an actual elopement. Pathways will be presented to determine if an incident is an actual elopement in the skilled nursing center.

Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards 

Each year, FHCA recognizes recipients of the Nurse Administrator, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year, along with the Rising Star in Nursing Award, at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday of the event. Nomination submissions will open in the spring. Click here to learn more about FHCA's Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Hotel Information

Don CeSar Hotel (SOLD OUT)
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar (SOLD OUT)
3860 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706

(.7 miles down the road from the Don CeSar Hotel)

Nurse Leadership Program Overflow Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Hotel Zamora
3701 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(less than a half mile from host hotel)

Room Rate: $169 (includes resort and parking fee)
Reservations: Call Katherine Garrett at (727) 456-8900 ext 6400

Rooms are available at Hotel Zamora for Wednesday, May 30, and Thursday, May 31. The hotel may accept rooms outside of these dates based on availability.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Business Partner Tabletop Expo & Welcome Reception will be on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

TABLETOP EXPO IS SOLDOUT! Please contact Jenny Early for more information. 

  • Click here to view the 2018 Nurse Leadership Program floor plan as of 5/2/18. 
  • Click here to view a list of the 2018 Exhibitors and Sponsors. 

Email Jenny Early for more information about sponsorships. 

Click here to view FHCA's Internal Sponsorship Policy. 
1. Due to security and sales tax implications, no firm or organization sponsoring any FHCA event or serving as an exhibitor is permitted to engage in direct sales (cash, check, or credit card) activity within the exhibit area or contracted conference space. Payment information for future orders is not permitted to be collected as well within the exhibit area or contracted conference space. 
2. Anyone selling T.E.N.S. units to consumers are required to have a Home Medical Equipment License (HME) by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Florida Statute 400.93 Licensure required; exemptions; unlawful acts; penalties.—
(1) Any person or entity that holds itself out to the public as providing home medical equipment and services or accepts physician orders for home medical equipment and services is subject to licensure under this part.
(2) Any person or entity that holds itself out to the public as providing home medical equipment that typically requires home medical services is subject to licensure under this part.