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

FHCA Nurse Leadership Program

Leading advocate and dementia specialist Teepa Snow (pictured) and Agency for Health Care Administration Chief of Field Operations Kim Smoak will top this year's agenda. General session and breakouts are geared toward the skilled nursing and assisted living professional and will focus on the new facility assessment, caring for persons with dementia, person-centered and baseline care planning, as well as compliance strategies related to the CMS Requirements of Participation.


Pre-registration is now closed. Onsite registrations can be made beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31.
Click here to download the Attendee Registration Brochure.

Attendee Information

Click here to view your confirmations.
Click here to download speaker handouts (password protected for registered attendees).

Session Highlights

Registration includes up to 14 contact hours of continuing education, the LTC Excellence in Nursing Awards Luncheon, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and Welcome Reception with Tabletop Expo. LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer pre-sessions on May 30 also available for an additional fee.

Tuesday, May 30 Pre-Sessions

*Additional Registration Fee Required

Restorative Care Training
Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.
LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer for RN Instructors
Lorraine Fabry, Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Brandon
Karen Oliver, Guardian Pharmacy
Alzheimer's Training
Deborah Afasano, Avante Group

Wednesday, May 31

The Florida Board of Nursing: An Overview and Update on Nursing Regulation
Joe Baker, Florida Board of Nursing
Measure Twice, Cut once...Developing Ourselves to Help Develop Our Team Culture
Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.
Matching Your Help to the Needs of the Person with Dementia
Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC

Thursday, June 1

Successful Outcomes with Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.
Kim Smoak, Agency for Health Care Administration
Working the New Baseline Care Plan
Tamra Adrian, RB Health Parners, Inc. 
The New Facility Assessment: Development to Delivery
Irene Fleshner, Reno, Davis and Associates
Delivering High Quality of Care to Prevent a Decline in Mobility, Falls and Skin Breakdown
Jeri Lundgren, Senior Providers Resources
Regulatory Hot Topics
Karen Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Grout, PA

ALF Breakouts (Thursday, June 1)

Advance Directives in the Assisted Living Community
Karen Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Grout, PA
Clinically Accepting and Retaining the Resident are Important for Success
Kim Broom, Florida Living Options, Inc.
Nurses Can Market Assisted Living Too
Margie Ferrino, Florida Living Options
Survey Updates for the ALF Nurse
Jana Meyering, Agency for Health Care Administration

Friday, June 2

CMS Requirements of Participation and the New Survey Process for Long Term Care Facilities
Kim Smoak, Agency for Health Care Administration
Recruiting and Retaining a Long Term Care Nursing Workforce in Today's Health Care Environment
Theris Touhy, Christine E. Lynn and Rose Sherman, Florida Atlantic University

Meet the Speakers

Click here to view our lineup of nationally-recognized long term experts! 

FHC-PAC Social

Join us when the luncheon concludes for the FHC-PAC Summer Social. This complimentary event includes a free cocktail, and an opportunity to mingle with your friends, check out the items at the silent auction and learn more about how you can make a difference through grassroots advocacy. To learn more about the FHC-PAC, click here.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

The Tabletop Expo is SOLD OUT. Please contact Jenny Early to be placed on a waiting list or for more information about remaining available sponsorships. 

Business Partner Tabletop Expo & Welcome Reception will be on Wednesday, May 31, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

  • Click here to download the Tabletop and Sponsorship Brochure and Registration Form.
  • Click here to view the current floor plan as of 5/5/17. 

​               * This is a two-tiered ballroom. Click here for a photo of the actual room. 

  • Click here to view a list of the 2017 Exhibitors and Sponsors. 

Email Jenny Early for more information about sponsorships. 

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.

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. Nominations are now CLOSED. Click here to learn more about FHCA's Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Hotel Information

Don CeSar Hotel
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Reservations: The FHCA Nurse Leadership Program Room Block is SOLD OUT
Parking: $5 Per Day (for overnight and drive-in day guests)


TradeWinds Island Resort
5500 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Reservations: Call 800-808-9833 and let them know you are with the Florida Health Care Association Room Overflow
Parking: Complimentary self-parking for one car per room

Room Rates: 

  • Tropical View Hotel Rooms: $179
  • Gulf Front View Hotel Rooms: $199
  • Tropical View One Bedroom Suites: $239