Annual Nursing Conference

Winners of the Emma Josephine
and Loeffelholz McMorris, RN Award

October 20th, 2017 // 7:30am – 3:30pm

Held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX  77004

The Annual Nursing Conference is now in its 25th year. Nursing directors from all major Houston hospitals and nursing schools meet regularly to plan the day-long conference which provides Nurses with CEUs. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Compassion Fatigue: The Hard Work of Caring.” 






Keynote Speaker: Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, “Caring and Compassion: Finding Joy in Quality Safe Reflective Practices”

Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk, MDiv, DMin Vice President for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care at Memorial Hermann Health System – “Witnesses & Wisdom: Lived Experience of Compassion Fatigue and its Impact on Professional and Family Caregivers”

Deborah Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN – “Managing Compassion Fatigue in the Clinical Setting: Intervention Options”

Panel Discussion: Witnesses & Wisdom: Lived Experience of Compassion Fatigue and its Impact on Health Care Providers and Patients

Moderator: Kelly Brassil, PhD, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC, CNL
Panelists: John Luquette, Ph.D, LPC
, Senior counseling Specialist, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Valerie Counts, MS, RN, CNL, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Leanna Cook, Family Caregiver

Every year, we celebrate excellence in nursing by presenting the Emma Josephine Loffelholz McMorris RN Spirituality Award to nurses who embody spirituality, compassion, communication, and a commitment to their field.

Join us for this educational event focusing on an important aspect of caring for your patients and their caregivers.  A light breakfast and a box lunch is included, and parking in the church’s parking lot is free.