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The American Association
of Nurse Attorneys

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Pre-Conference Workshop

TAANA presents a nursing educational program addressing common yet complex legal challenges faced by professional nurses across the practice setting. TAANA and TAANAF Nurse Attorneys and nationally recognized nursing leaders will:

  • Examine leadership hurdles for today’s nurse.
  • Review professional responsibilities and potential threats to nursing licensure.
  • Discuss the challenges of ensuring safe staffing.
  • Empower and inspire nurses to identify solutions to their greatest staffing problems.
  • Part A (11am - 1pm): $25
  • Part B (1:30pm - 3:30p): $25
  • Full Workshop (part A and B): $40

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the traits of a nurse leader.
  2. Unmask leadership opportunities in the community and beyond.
  3. List the most common disciplinary actions against nurses’ license.
  4. Determine the best response to a BON action.
  5. Assess prevention strategies for malpractice or licensure claims.
  6. Review the most common staffing problems.
  7. Delineate levels of response to unsafe staffing: From the bedside to the board room to the voting booth.

Nursing CEs

This activity is approved for up to 4 Nursing CE (part A: 2; part B: 2) through the California Board of Nursing.

Workshop Schedule

(subject to change)



Thursday, October 21
Pre-Conference Workshop

11am - 11:20am

Part A:

Nurses on Boards Coalition: Leadership in Action

  • Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC
    NOBC Chair-Elect
11:20am - 12:10pm

Responding to Actions Against Nurses

  • Kathleen Gialanella, Esq, RN, BSN, JD, LLM
    Westfield, New Jersey

  • JoAnn Pietro, RN, Esq
    Verona, New Jersey
12:10pm - 12:20pm
12:20pm - 12:30pm

Liability Coverage

  • Eileen Talamante, Esq, RN, BSN
    Goodman Allen Donnelly PLLC
    Richmond, Virginia
12:30pm - 1pm

Licensure Defense Panel

  • Cassandra Williams, LLM, JD, RN, CNOR
    Warner Robins, Georgia

  • Charles Hartwell, JD
    Dethlefs-Pykosh Law Group, LLC
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

  • Hahnah Williams, Esq, RN
    Atlanta, Georgia
1pm - 1:30pm
Break / End Part A
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Part B:

Standards of Care; Risks of Unsafe Staffing; Safe Staffing Levels Research/Report

  • Doris Carroll, BSN, RN-BC
    Holiday, Florida
2:30pm - 2:40pm
2:40pm - 3:10pm

Leadership Panel

  • Melanie Balestra, JD, NP, MN, BSN
    Rancho Mirage, California

  • Edie Brous, BSN, MS, MPH, JD, RN
    East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

  • Sara Frey, JD, BSN, RN
    Washington State Nurses Association
    Kingston, Washington
3:10pm - 3:30pm Q & A and Wrap Up / End Part B
See Schedule Page

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