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Date(s) - 11/10/2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance


14th Annual Conference APRN’s Excellence in Practice

Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:00am-4:00pm

Booth Set up 7:15 am – 7:45 am>

The 2018  agenda includes the following topics:

This activity will provide the attendee with an update of current and clinically oriented evidenced-based practice resources on issues that impact the practice of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Texas.


Time: 7:45am – 8:00am

VAPNA President


Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
“Primary Care Management of Common Orthopedic Complaints” – Dr. Michael Sander

Dr. Michael Sanders


Dr. Sanders is a fellowship trained Orthopedics surgeon as well as board-certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.




Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
“Acyanotic Congenital Heart Disease” – Dr.  Ngozi Agu

Dr. Ngozi Agu


Dr. Agu trained at St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies and Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida and is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Cardiology.
Dr. Agu performed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at University of Texas School of Medicine at Houston, Houston, Texas and her pediatric residency at Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York.




Time: 10:00 am – 10:30 am

30-Minute Break (Vendor Booths)

Time: 10:30am – 11:30 am
“Contraceptive Update”- Dr.  Denise De Los Santos

Dr. Denise De Los Santos


Dr. De Los Santos was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She went to PSJA North High School and was accepted into the Medical School Early Acceptance Program, which allowed her to matriculate to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio at age 20 after 3 years of undergraduate education at the University of Texas Pan American. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from UTPA with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry, and UTHSCSA with her Doctorate in Medicine. After completing an OB/GYN residency at New York Downtown Hospital in Manhattan and Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT.




Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
“Ethical Decision Making in Advanced Practice Nursing and Violence Victimization ”- Dr. Cynthia Jones, PhD

Cynthia Jones, PhD


Dr. Jones is Director of the Office for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention (OVAVP) and is in expert in Bioethics, Advocacy, Feminist Theory, Business Ethics, Ethics & Technology. Dr. Jones received her BA from Creighton University and in 2001 obtained her PhD from the University of Missouri – Columbia.





Working Lunch

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
“2019 NP Legislative Agenda and Scope of Practice Laws ”- Erin Cusack

Erin Cusack


Erin has a wide range of public affairs and grassroots advocacy experience at the state, national, and international levels. Prior to coming to TNP, she worked as a Policy Analyst for State Representative Eddie Rodriguez of Travis County, where she served as the health care policy analyst and liaison to the Women’s Health Caucus.





Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
“Psychiatrist-Adolescent Mental Health Update”- Dr.  Arden Dingle

Dr. Arden Dingle

Arden D Dingle MD is a Professor and the Residency Program Director. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Dingle has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults and families in community settings, often using integrated care models. She is involved with the undergraduate medical school curriculum and the principal investigator of a grant involving effective use of technology to teach communications skills from the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. Dr. Dingle is involved nationally with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American College of Psychiatrists as the Editor in Chief of the PRITE Editorial Board.



Time: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

15-Minute Break


Time: 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm
“Controlled Substances and the Opioid Epidemic” – Dr. Javier A. Saenz II PharmD, RPh

Javier A. Saenz II PharmD, RPh


Dr. Saenz obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015 from Texas A&M Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Kingsville Texas. Mr. Saenz brings his experience working in every role available in a community pharmacy while working at the largest chain of independent pharmacies in the Rio Grande Valley.







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Registration includes materials, meals and breaks!

LATE AT THE DOOR: $50 late fee

Registration Ends November 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm

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