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Nurse Leadership Program

May 31 - June 2, 2023

The Don CeSar | St. Pete Beach, FL

Registration for the Full Nurse Leadership Program is currently sold out. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Florida Health Care Association’s Nurse Leadership Program is Florida’s leading clinical conference for long term care professionals. Attendees can expect forward-thinking and innovative sessions that address current and anticipated challenges, as well as strategies and solutions for delivering high-quality care.

This year’s program will inspire attendees with sessions that help them bloom and grow as leaders in long term care. Notable experts in the field will also offer guidance on person-centered care, fall prevention and reducing readmissions, and the regulatory changes that impact care. Attendees will also experience valuable networking opportunities with peers and business partners, along with an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the best and the brightest in long term care nursing.

Nurse Leadership Program Highlights

Nurse Leadership Program attendee registration includes:

  • 10 Continuing Education Hours
  • Presentation of FHCA's annual Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards
  • 2-day Tabletop Expo, with Wednesday Cocktail Reception and Thursday Brunch Reception
  • Continental breakfast and refreshment breaks

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The Don CeSar
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL


Room Block Opens: March 1, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Room Rate: $163 + applicable taxes
Resort Fee: $7 additional fee
Overnight Guest Parking: $8 per night
Day Guest Parking: $8 per day (for guests not staying at the hotel)
The hotel room block at The Don CeSar is currently sold out. We apologize for the inconvenience. FHCA has secured some overflow rooms at nearby hotels, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to review the list of overflow hotels

Event Agenda

May 31, 2023

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Attendee Registration

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Welcome Lunch

Enjoy this grab and go lunch as you head into the first session of the day. The next few days will be filled with fun, education, networking, and some time to unwind.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#1 – Implementing a Falls Prevention Program
Jeri Lundgren, President, Senior Providers Resource, LLC

#2 – Hot Topics in 2023!
Karen Goldsmith, Attorney, FHCA's Regulatory Counsel

#3 – How to be an Inclusive Leader: Understanding DEI and Caring for the LGBTQ+ Patient Population
Dina Proto, President/CEO, Equality Healthcare Consulting

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#4 – Developing the Leaders Around You
Yanick Hicks, Executive Director, Maxwell Leadership Team

#5 – Managing Accidents and Incidents: Using a Clinical Risk Approach
Robin A. Bleier, President, RB Health Partners, Inc., and Kimberly Broom, Director of Clinical & Regulatory Services, Florida Health Care Association

#6 – How to Combat the War on CAUTIs: Knowing When It Is a True Urinary Tract Infection
Shelley Bhola, Infection Preventionist, Advanced Health Institute

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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

5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Tabletop Exposition & Cocktail Reception

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

Thursday, June 1, 2023

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

Attendee Registration

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

#7 – Trending Regulatory Changes Impacting Care
Susan Anderson, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Florida Health Care Association

#8 – Mental Health and Senior Living: Meeting Quality of Care and Standards
Sharanda Sipe, Founder/CEO, Intercoastal Healthcare Consulting

#9 – Lessons from Louise
Sherry Bush, Area Administrator, Eagle Lake Nursing and Rehab Care Center

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Tabletop Exposition & Brunch Reception

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

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#10 – Compassionate Person-Centered Care
Eddie Broom, Manager of Human Services & Regulatory, RB Health Partners, Inc.

#11 – Alliant Health Solutions: Unlocking the Mystery of Readmissions
Julie Kueker, Program Director, and Renee DelMonico, State Quality Manager-Florida, both with Alliant Health Solutions

#12 – What Nursing Leadership Needs to Know to Work With the MDS Team
Alicia Cantinieri, VP of MDS Policy and Education, Zimmet Healthcare Services Group, LLC

Friday, June 2, 2023

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

Attendee Registration

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards and Session #13 – Excellence in Long Term Care Nursing Awards and How Nurse Leaders Can Make a Difference

Deborah Franklin, Senior Director of Quality Affairs, Florida Health Care Association

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

#14 - Agency for Health Care Administration Update

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