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

FHCA Nurse Leadership Program

June 1-3, 2016

Don CeSar Hotel | St. Pete. Beach

Enjoy engaging speakers and lively discussions as you collaborate with and gain a wealth of knowledge from national nursing leaders who will discuss the latest clinical techniques and proven long term care solutions based on case studies. Attendees will learn from their research and practical experiences and will identify shared expectations of high quality clinical care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities. The annual Nurse Leadership Program is a time for important networking, as well as personal and professional growth. Come and be a part of this exciting event!


Click here to register online
Click here to register by mail or fax
Click here to download the Attendee Registration Brochure
Click here to see the list of registration confirmations

Early Bird Registration Deadline is April 22. Advance registration closes on May 24. After that date, registrations must be made onsite and will be assessed an additional $25 in each category. 

Event Highlights

Continuing Education Breakout Sessions offering up to 13.5 credit hours.

Pre-Session Programming (May 31)

Click Here to learn more about these pre-sessions

MDS 3.0 Training for DONs and Administrators: Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.
LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer for RN Instructors: Karen Oliver, Guardian Pharmacy, and Lee Ann Griffin, FHCA
Alzheimer’s Training: Deborah Afasano, Avante Group


Nurse Leadership Programming (June 1-3)

Meet the Speakers

Legislative and Regulatory Update: Carol Berkowitz, FHCA
Navigating Clinical Success with New Payment Models in Long Term Care Organizations: Dr. David Gifford, American Health Care Association Sr. VP of Quality & Regulatory Affairs
The Developing Role of the Nurse Administrator: Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.
Post-Acute Strategies and Preparing for Prospective Payment Systems-Nursing is the Key: Mary Tellis-Nayak, My InnerView and Ellen Rychlik, Elderwood at Hamburg
Risk Management with a Twist!: Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc. and Kim Smoak, Agency for Health Care Administration
Preparing for the Facility Assessment: Residents, Resources and Risks: Deborah Afasano, Avante Group and Irene Fleshner, Reno, Davis and Associates, Inc.
Regulatory Hot Topics: Karen Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Grout, P.A.
Special Session: Laws and Rules of the Board of Nursing: Lee Ann Griffin, FHCA
State and Federal Regulatory Noncompliance Guidance: Polly Weaver, Agency for Health Care Administration Assistant Deputy Secretary
Who is the Person in Person Centered Care: Mary Tellis-Nayak and Vivian Tellis-Nayak, My InnerView

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Business Partner Tabletop Expo & Welcome Reception will be on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:00 - 7:15 p.m.

**The Tabletop Expo is SOLD OUT*** Please email Jenny Early to be placed on the waiting list. 

Click here to download the Tabletop and Sponsorship Brochure.
Click here to view the floor plan as of 3-30-16.
Click here to view a list of the 2016 Exhibitors and Sponsors

Sponsorships are still available! Email Jenny Early for more information about available 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 awards at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday of the event. Click here to learn more about the 2016 Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Hotel Information

Rooms at the Don CeSar Hotel are currently sold out. Reservations are available for the same FHCA special rate of $139 ++ at the Don CeSar Beachhouse Suites, just down the street from the main property (shuttle service is available or park at the Don CeSar at the $5 per day rate).

Attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible as these suites will likely sell out.

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

Call (800) 282-1116 and mention "Nurse Leadership Program" for reservations.

Room Rate: $139 + applicable taxes
Cut-Off Date: Friday, May 6 

  • Overnight Guest Parking: $5 per night
  • Day Guest Parking: $5 per day (for guests not staying at the hotel)
  • Resort Fee: $5 per night

*Resort fee includes:

  • (2) bottled waters daily
  • Wireless internet access
  • Yoga and aerobics classes
  • Complimentary non-motorized watersports rentals
  • Poolside Pampering
  • Half-day access to Camp CeSar for kids 4-12