Summer Institute set for August 8


The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation in coordination with North Texas Consortium of Schools of Nursing and Practice Partners, will host the 2013 “Summer Institute,” August 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Texas Health Resources University. The conference is designed to provide an overview of issues related to English proficiency among nurses and nursing students.


The event is limited to the first 200 registrants, with each school allowed up to 15 participants and each hospital system allowed up to 20 participants.

The first topic is “The Impact of Limited English Proficiency in Students and Practicing Nurses,” with Dr. Carolina Huerta, EdD, of The University of Texas-Pan American, serving as keynote speaker. In 2012, Carolina was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her outstanding contributions in advancing undergraduate and graduate nursing educational opportunities for Hispanics in her South Texas community.

Mina Kini, director of diversity and inclusion at Texas Health Resources, is the afternoon speaker. Her topic will be “Recipe for Success: Self-Awareness, Acculturation, English Proficiency and Accent Modification.”

There will also be two panel sessions focusing on issues related to patient safety and delivery of culturally-appropriate care. CEUs will be available. Texas Health Resources University is located next to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas at 8200 Walnut Hill Lane.

There will also be a preconference “Getting Your Ideas Funded: Grant Writing Skills” prior to the event from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. presented by DFWHC Foundation staff.

Cost is $40 per participant. For more information, please contact Sally Williams or Danette Tidwell at 972-717-4279 or e-mail