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Nurse Leadership Program

FHCA 2022 Nurse Leadership Program: Seas the Day

June 1-3, 2022 (Pre-Sessions on May 31)

Florida Health Care Association’s Nurse Leadership Program is Florida’s leading clinical conference for long term care professionals. This year’s program will highlight the impact of new state and federal regulations, advancing infection control practices and surveillance, strengthening risk compliance plans, updates to skin care and wound management, and partnerships in preventing Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs) and reducing readmissions. FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program will offer a variety of forward-thinking and innovative sessions that address current and anticipated challenges and provide strategies and solutions for delivering high-quality care.

Attendee Materials

  • Click here to download the presentation materials (password protected for registered attendees only)
  • Click here to review your online Official Continuing Education Report for the 2022 Nurse Leadership Program.


Nurse Leadership Program attendee registration includes:

  • 10.5 Continuing Education Hours
  • Bonus 2-hour special session, Florida Laws and Rules Video Course for Nurses, available post-event
  • Presentation of FHCA's annual Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards
  • 2-day Tabletop Expo, with Wednesday Welcome Reception and Thursday lunch
  • Continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks
  • NLP pre-sessions with expanded learning opportunities (additional fees apply)


The Don CeSar
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL
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The hotel room block at The Don CeSar is currently sold out.

FHCA has secured an overflow block of rooms at nearby hotels. Click here to review the list of overflow rooms and other nearby hotels.

Download the Nurse Leadership Program Brochure

Event Agenda

May 31, 2022

Nurse Leadership Pre-Sessions

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more about these NLP Pre-Sessions

  • NIPP 2.0©
  • Introduction to the Administrative Nursing Role

June 1, 2022

Nurse Leadership Program

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Attendee Registration

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Complimentary Break

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#1 - Strengthening Your Risk Compliance Program: What's Next

A strong risk management plan can reduce compliance risks that impact resident health and safety and the financial and liability risks to your care center. This session will outline what enhancements can be made to an already strong program, including where to start if the risk compliance needs revision and staff support.

Presenters: Robin A. Bleier, President, RB Health Partners, Inc. and Hazel Mahoney, Chief Compliance Officer, Facility Support Company

#2 - “Seas” the Best Days in Long-Term Care with Alternative Arts-Based Interventions

Often an unconventional intervention can bring substantial results in enhancing the cognitive and emotional health of individuals living with a variety of diagnoses. This session will provide a glimpse into several therapeutic, arts-based initiatives that assist in preserving dignity, self-expression, and enhanced quality of life for individuals with depression, mental illness, pain, dementia, developmental challenges, isolation, and a host of other challenges. Presenters will describe how care professionals use these alternative tools to decrease the use of psychotropics while improving cognitive function, positive interactions, promoting autonomy, and reducing agitation and anxiety—all while decreasing stress for staff and enhancing staff-resident relations.

Presenters: Deborah Ferris, Founder & CEO, Thriving4Life; Dr. Ann Hellman D, Associate Professor, Tennessee Technological University/ Whitson-Hester School of Nursing; and Dr. Shelia Hurley, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)/ Associate Professor, Tennessee Technological University/ Whitson-Hester School of Nursing

#3 - Your Quality Improvement Organization at Work: Goals for Reducing Rehospitalizations

CMS contracted with Alliant Health on the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) to provide support in meeting the CMS 12th Scope of Work Goals, which includes the reduction of Emergency Department visits and hospital readmissions. This session will focus on the current data and what resources are available to support your center's efforts to reduce the rehospitalization of your residents.

Presenter: JoVonn Givens, Task Order Director, Alliant Health Solutions

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.


2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#4 - Infection Control, Surveillance and Antibiotic Stewardship

This session will take a closer look at surveillance and how long-term care centers can use it to drive decisions related to healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Outcome surveillance for HAIs and process measure surveillance for ongoing performance improvement will also be discussed. Going beyond the basic collection of data, the presenter will discuss how to effectively present and visualize surveillance data for different audiences.  The session will help infection preventionists, infection control and prevention officers, or any others who are working with surveillance data to better integrate the data into their performance improvement framework.

Presenter: Jonathan Teter, Director of Epidemiology and Analytics, RB Health Partners, Inc.

#5 - Wound Care: Skin Health and Wound Management

Preserving skin integrity promotes the sustained health and comfort for each resident. This session will examine the national standards of skin health, correct coding, evaluating wound assessments, and the elements of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) to monitor and revise interventions.

Presenter: Joanne Labiak, Nurse Practitioner/Owner, Certified Wound Care Specialists, LLC

#6 - Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long Term Care

Healthcare partnerships are key in addressing the risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI). This session will provide education on the overall risk for residents in long-term care centers, the available HAI support program through the Florida Department of Health, and the steps to take now to reduce and prevent HAIs in long-term care.

Presenter: Chantel Emery, Regional IP Education Specialist and Juliana Reyes, State HAI Epidemiologist, both with Florida Department of Health

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (#4, #5 & #6 Repeated)

5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception with Tabletop Exposition

Join us for a fun night of networking with your peers and exhibitors. Attendees will enjoy food, beverages and excellent prize giveaways!

June 2, 2022

7:30 AM – 1:00 p.m.

Attendee Registration

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

#7 - Exceptional Quality Resident-Centered Care

Creating a culture to support Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) efforts begins with leadership. Support from the top is essential, and that support should foster the active participation of every patient, family member and caregiver. This session will highlight how QAPI emphasizes improvements that can not only elevate care but can also improve the work environment of staff and caregivers.

Presenter: Robin A. Bleier, President, RB Health Partners, Inc.

#8 - Regulatory Hot Topics

This session will highlight the current and evolving regulatory developments to prepare attendees on what to expect, how to be proactive and to help staff be aware and avoid regulatory compliance issues.

Presenter: Karen Goldsmith, Partner, Goldsmith & Grout, P.A. and FHCA Regulatory Consultant

#9 – Trending Topic: Legislative Changes Impacting Your Staffing and Facility Operations

The 2022 Legislative Session produced changes not seen in decades. In this session, attendees will learn about the opportunities brought by the staffing modernization bill and the new roles for managing the care provided within your center, how staffing is determined, and what data must be documented. Discover how nurse staff must be involved in the new resident visitation bill and discuss the nuances of the requirements for the personal care attendant training program.  This session will be filled with the most current topics trending in the field.


Presenters: Toby Philpot, Chief Lobbyist/Emergency Response Coordinator and Susan Anderson, Director of Government Affairs, both with Florida Health Care Association

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Complimentary Beverage Break

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions (#7, #8 & #9 Repeated)

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tabletop Exposition with Grab-n-go Lunch

Join us for the second day of the Tabletop Exposition to enjoy lunch and more prize giveaways!

June 3, 2022

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Attendee Registration

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards and Build Your Champion: Bringing Up Nurse Leaders and Workforce

Join FHCA President Marco Carrasco as we honor this year’s leaders in nursing with the presentation of FHCA’s 2022 Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards. Following the awards, Debbie Brazill will teach you how to focus on the next generation of up-and-coming leaders. This session will show you how to encourage the development of leadership skills, including the importance of clear communication and continued professional development.

Presenter: Debbie Brazill, Owner/Operator, The Villages Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Complimentary Beverage Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Agency for Health Care Administration Update

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the Deputy Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), Kimberly Smoak, who will provide a comprehensive update on AHCA’s initiatives, survey status and compliance trends, CMS guidance, and overall expectations of long term care facilities.

Presenter: Kimberly Smoak, Deputy Secretary/State Survey Agency Director, Agency for Health Care Administration