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The 11th Annual National Conference

Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association’s 11th Annual Conference


Vulnerable Population: Implications for research, practice and education

March 28th (Friday) – 29th (Saturday), 2014


Holiday Inn San Diego North Miramar, San Diego, CA


For those doing poster presentations at our 11th Annual AAPINA Nursing Conference, please format your posters to fit a 36"x 48" poster board. Mahalo!




KEYNOTE SPEAKER: March 27, 2014

Faye A. Gary, EdD, MS, RN, FAAN
Medical Mutual of Ohio and Kent W. Clapp Chair and Professor of Nursing


Frances Payne, Bolton School of Nursing & Department of Psychiatry
School of Medciine, Case Western Reserve
University, Clevlond, Ohio
Keynote Address: "Mental Health in Vulnerable Populations: Implication in Practice, Research & Education"

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: March 28, 2014

Todd Gloria, Interim Mayor of San Diego (Invited)

PLENARY SPEAKERS: March 28, 2014

Leorey N. Saligan, PhD, CRNP, RN
Chiet Symptoms Biology Unit, NINR/NIH
Topic: Implications of 'Omics' Research on Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations.


Bernice Coleman, PhD, ACNP- BC, FAHA, FAAN
Research Scientist, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California.
Topic: Ethnic Minority Nurses' Genetic and Genomics Knowledge and Practice.: Implication for Serving Vulnerable Populations.


PLENARY SPEAKERS: March 29, 2014

Alexis D. Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN
Acting Director, Division of Nursing
Bureau af Health Professions
Health Resources and Services Administration
Topic: "HRSA: Grant Opportunities in Nursing Education and Practice


Benjamin S. Malayang, Ill, PhD
President, Silliman University
Dumaguete City, Philippines
Topic: "Higher Education in Asia: Issues and Challenges"



Thursday, March 27th: Pre-Conference

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Welcome Okura Fellows and Mentors
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Keynote Presentation
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Break out Session (Fellows meeting with mentors)
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Report from Fellows
5:00 - 5:15 p.m. Closing
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Executive Board Meeting

Friday, March 28th
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks: AAPINA President Elizabeth W Gonzalez, PhD, APRN-BC
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Presentations
9:45 -10:45 a.m. Plenary Session
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Abstract Presentations
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Plenary Session
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Abstract Presentations
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Abstract Presentations
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Evening Reception; Poster Presentation
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment; Hepatitis B Presentation

Saturday, March 29th
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Plenary Session
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:20 p.m. Abstract Presentations
12:20 - 2:20 p.m. Lunch: Awards & Membership Meeting
2:20 - 3:20 p.m. Abstract Presentations
3:20 - 3:35 p.m. Evaluation
3:35 - 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

Register now by downloading, completing and mailing in the conference brochure registration form.

Please go to to download the membership application form.

CEU hours are pending based on BRN approval.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be submitted in writing by March 5, 2014 in order to receive full refund (minus $20 processing fee)

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