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    October 20, 2017 ~ 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Employing a Nurse Practitioner Outside of Scope: Organizational Risk and Responsibility

    You often hear nurse executives voicing concern over nurse practitioners who may or may not be practicing out of scope. “Can an FNP work in the ICU?” “If an Adult NP only sees chronically ill patients can they work in the emergency department?” “How do I deal with the CEO of our hospitalist group when they say, don’t worry we will mentor them?” Education, certification and scope of practice for the nurse practitioner should guide the NP role. This webinar will assist you in making the right employment decisions as well as identify risk management strategies. Experts including educators, nurse executives and a representative from the Texas Board of Nursing will advise participants about these thorny issues. Case studies based on commonly asked questions will allow participants to apply knowledge gained to solve problems within their own organizations.


    Joe Don Cavender photoJoe Don Cavender

    Joe Don is a Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer (ACNO) at Children’s Health System of Texas - Children’s Medical Center Dallas. In his current role he is responsible for the hospital transport operations (fixed-wing, rotor-wing, and ground ambulance), respiratory care, the Nephrology Center of Excellence, the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, clinical informatics, and the advanced practice service (nurse practitioners and physician assistants). Prior to assuming the role of VP & ACNO at Children’s, Joe Don was the Senior Director of the advanced practice service overseeing growth from 88 nurse practitioners and physician assistants in 2005 to over 250 in 2013. Joe Don has been a Registered Nurse since 1992 and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1999 focusing clinically on in pediatric hematology-oncology. He has served as adjunct faculty for both The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University. He earned his associate’s degree in nursing from El Centro College in Dallas and his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in Nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington.


    Kathryn Ellis photoKathryn Ellis

    Dr. Kathryn Ellis DNP, RN FNP-BC, FAANP is an Associate Professor and Division Director for Graduate Nursing at Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been a nurse practitioner (NP) for over 24 years and a NP educator for 18 years. Dr. Ellis is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, elected member of the Board of Directors for National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and serves as the NONPF appointed representative to the Healthy People Curricular Taskforce. In 2014, she received the prestigious NONPF Nurse Practitioner Educator of the Year award for her development of innovative curriculum and creative teaching strategies.


    Becky Hunter photoBecky Hunter

    Dr. Becky Hunter is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Garland, TX.

    Dr. Hunter has 13 years of combined experience as a Chief Nursing Office and over 25 years of experience in hospital leadership. She has also served as adjunct faculty in the DNP program at Rush University in Chicago, ILL. Her clinical area of expertise is women’s health.

    Becky earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership from Rush University in Chicago, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from West Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Texas State University in Canyon, TX and her Nursing Diploma from Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing in Amarillo, TX. In addition, Becky is a board certified Nurse Executive Advanced, ANCC.

    Becky is an active member of Texas Nurses Association/ANA, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, AONE, and Texas Team. Becky currently co-chairs the Texas Team Advancing Practice Committee.


    Christopher McLarty photoChristopher McLarty

    Dr. Christopher McLarty is an innovative leader, combining experience and perspective as a provider, a nurse and an operational director to deliver collaborative, patient centered solutions. Clinically, Dr. McLarty is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with sub-specialty training in Emergency Care. He has spent more than fourteen years in healthcare, taking on roles in emergency services, multi-site clinical operations, and health system leadership. Dr. McLarty currently serves as a member of the executive leadership team at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas as an Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers.


    Stephanie Woods photoStephanie Woods

    Dr. Stephanie Woods is the Associate Dean for the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas Center.

    Dr. Woods is an accomplished leader holding positions including nurse manager, administrator and chief nursing officer in hospitals in San Antonio and Dallas Texas. She has also served on the faculties of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word, also in San Antonio. Stephanie is an alumnus of the TWU undergraduate nursing program. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Dr. Woods has over thirty years of experience in nursing as an administrator, educator, researcher, and practitioner. Her clinical area of expertise is cardiac nursing, and in particular cardiac rhythm disturbances. Her research has focused on the culture of patient care units and its effect on the retention of nursing staff. She has served on the national board for the American Association of CriticalCare Nurses, and is active with the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Texas Nurse’s Association. She previously served on the Texas Health Dallas Presbyterian board, and the board of managers for the Parkland Health and Hospital System. She is currently on the Dallas-Ft. Worth Hospital Council Foundation Board.


    Jolene Zych photoJolene Zych

    Dr. Jolene Zych is the APRN consultant for the Texas Board of Nursing and has been in this position for 18 years. She is involved with all aspects of APRN licensure and practice at the Texas Board of Nursing. She has served on the APRN committee of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and has given presentations to state and national audiences on nursing and advanced practice registered nurses. She routinely serves as a resource to various governmental and nursing professional organizations on issues related to advanced practice. Prior to her tenure with the Board, she was in clinical practice as a women’s health nurse practitioner and also served as adjunct faculty for a graduate nursing program.

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