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GNE Conference 2014 NurseEducating and Utilizing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: A Conference on Collaborative Best Practices

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center
Hermann Conference Center
Ground Floor – Hermann/Children's Pavilion
6411 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

Hosted by Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration
in partnership with:

  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


To communicate the effectiveness and necessity of collaboration in the education and utilization of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in today’s challenging healthcare environment. Additionally, this conference presents best practices for increasing access to quality healthcare through APRN, physician and interpersonal collaboration.


At the completion of this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Examine the APRN role and value in the delivery of high quality healthcare
  • Implement strategies to deliver high quality healthcare by utilizing APRNs to the full extent of their scope of practice
  • Identify best practices and collaborative processes for intraprofessional delivery of healthcare

Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Physicians/Physician Assistants
  • Nurses/Nursing Students
  • Hospital Leadership
  • Community

For questions, please contact Shelley Vargo at 713-932-5770 or

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

7:00-8:00amRegistration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15amWelcomeCraig Cordola, M.B.A., M.H.A, Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
8:15-9:15amGraduate Nurse Education Demonstration
  • Patricia Hercules RN, MS, Director, System Clinical Education and Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Administration
  • Peter Reinecke, Consultant, AARP, Center to Champion Nursing in America
  • Pamela B. Edwards, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, FABC, CNE, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke University Health System, Duke Clinical Education & Professional Development Associate Consulting Professor and Associate Director, Institute for Educational Excellence, Duke University School of Nursing, Deputy Director, Duke AHEC Program
  • Melanie Brewer, DNSc, RN, FNP-BC, System Director, Nursing Research , Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center
  • Kathleen Delaney , PhD, PMH-NP, Professor, Professor and Specialty Coordinator,Rush University Medical Center
  • Barbara A. Todd, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, Director, CMS Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration and Director, Advanced Practice Providers, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lori Hull-Grommesh, DNP, APRN-BC, ACNP, CCRN, NEA-BC, Director, Texas Gulf Coast Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, Memorial Hermann Health System
9:15-10:15amPopulation Health and Strategies to Provide HealthcareD. Keith Fernandez, M.D., President and Physician-in-Chief, MHMD Memorial Hermann Physician Network , Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization
10:15-10:30amBreak and Exhibits
10:30-11:30amHigh Reliability HealthcareM. Michael Shabot, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M., F.A.C.M.I., System Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System
11:30-12:15pmBreak and Exhibits
12:15-1:45pmPanel Discussion from Healthcare Providers
  • Baxter Montgomery, MD, Executive Director, The Johnsie and Aubary Montgomery Institute of Medical Education and Research
  • Garry Brydges CRNA, DNP, ACNP-BC, EMBA, Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Laura Rooney, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, DCC, UT Health Services/University of Texas Houston Health Science Center
  • Elizabeth Fuselier Ellis, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, Director, Medical Operations, Advanced Practice Providers, Memorial Hermann Medical Group
  • Monique Lambert, DNP, ACNP-BC, Director, ACNP Program, The University of Texas El Paso
1:45-2:00pmBreak and Exhibits
2:00-2:45pmCode Red ReportKenneth Shine, M.D., Executive Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs, The University of Texas System
2:45-3:30pmFederal Regulatory OverviewThe Honorable Marjorie Petty - Director, US Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI - Invited
3:30-4:30pmCongressional Panel Discussion
  • The Honorable Kevin Brady - Invited
  • The Honorable Gene Green
  • The Honorable Pete Olson
4:30-5:15pmThe Future Impact of APRNs on HealthcareCharles D. “Chuck” Stokes, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., Chief Operating Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System
5:15-5:30pmQuestions/Answers, Closing Comments, and Evaluations



Memorial Hermann Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Memorial Hermann Health System is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Memorial Hermann Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course has been designated by Memorial Hermann Health System for 7 credits of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

  • 7.0 CME credits for Physicians
  • 8.0 CNE contact hours for Nursing

Two ways to register

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  • APRN Students - $50
  • Physicians - $110
  • RN, APRN, PA, Medical Residents and others - $95

Handouts, breakfast, lunch and snacks are included. There will be no refunds after October 3, 2014.


Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center
Hermann Conference Center
Ground Floor – Hermann Pavilion
6411 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

Texas Medical Center Campus


Parking is available for a charge of $10 - $15 at the following locations:

  • Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, 6400 Fannin St.
  • TMC Garage 4, 1120 John Freeman Blvd.
  • UT Parking, 6414 Fannin St.
  • Prairie View A&M University, 6436 Fannin St.

Two ways to register

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or to register by check, please download the registration form.