Post Conference Workshop

TAANA 2019 Annual Conference

August 8 – 10, 2019
Crowne Plaza Northstar
Minneapolis, Minnesota

(All CE’s are pending; schedule is subject to change)

Time Saturday, August 10 Room
1:30pm – 5pm
CE: 3.00Not eligible for CLE.
This post conference workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). Members of the MNA receive a special registration rate to attend this Workshop and/or the TAANA Conference.

Presentation Slides

Post Conference Workshop:

Leveraging Unions to Protect your Practice and your License

Cost & Registration:

$50.00 per person.


  1. Describe 3 ways unions can help protect nurse licensure and job status in investigations and disciplinary actions.
  2. Understand and evaluate the role of the union as a whole as well as union stewards, labor reps, and other union personnel in assisting nurses both in and outside of investigations and disciplinary actions.
  3. Offer feedback on how you can better leverage unions in individual representations as well as how the union could better leverage licensure defense attorneys.
  4. Identify how hospital disciplinary actions and union representation therein can impact later licensure proceedings (and vise versa).

Course Structure:

  • 2 hour lecture/dictation followed by a 1-hour panel conversation (panel participants tbd)
Great Lakes AC

  • Mathew Keller, RN JD; Director of Nursing Practice and Policy, Washington State Nurses Association
  • Tom Poulos; Director of Labor Relations, Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Barb Forshier, JD, BSN, RN; Forshier Law LLP