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AzONL 2020 Winter Forum for Nurse Leaders
AzONL 2020 Winter Forum for Nurse Leaders


When: February 21, 2020
8:30AM - 1:00PM
Where: Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association
2800 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1450
Phoenix, Arizona  85004
United States
Phone: 480-491-5627

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The Forum features an engaging presentation, round-table discussion, state nursing update plus networking with nurse leaders from around the state. 

Transforming Healthcare: Nurse Leaders Shaping Public Policy 

Join us for an insightful and interactive presentation designed for nurses in (or aspiring to) a leadership role. 


One of the key messages in The Future of Nursing, is "Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States".   It is imperative that nurses see policy as something they can shape and develop rather than something that happens to them, whether at the local organizational level or the national level. They must speak the language of policy and engage in the political process effectively, and work cohesively as a profession.1


This timely forum will provide an update on current public policy issues both at the state and national level as well as opportunities for nurse leaders to dialogue on the issues and practice relationship-building skills and strategies.



 Gregory Ensell

Denice Gibson

 Debbie Johnston


Gregory Ensell

Greg Ensell is Vice President, Government Relations with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). In that capacity, he leads the organization’s lobbying and political engagement efforts. For more than twenty years, Mr. Ensell has held public affairs and government relations positions for organizations including, Cox Communications, the Arizona State Senate, and the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

Denice Gibson, DNP, RN, CRNI, BMTCN, AOCNS

Ms. Gibson is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the HonorHealth Cancer Transplant Institute, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been a clinical nurse specialist for more than 20 years supporting the bone marrow transplantation, leukemia, and oncology service line. She works with in the 3 spheres of influence patient care, the profession, and the community. She is Governmental Affairs Officer for the Arizona Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society's health care policy liaison.  

Debbie Johnston

Debbie Johnston is Senior Vice President of Policy Development for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). She has been with the association for 15 years. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice President of Advocacy and Director of Regulatory Affairs and Policy. In her current role, she provides leadership and strategic direction overseeing the development of AzHHA’s policy priorities and articulating the association’s positions on public policy issues affecting Arizona hospitals and health systems. She is responsible for leading AzHHA’s policy and advocacy team and its federal advocacy efforts.  Prior to joining AzHHA, Ms. Johnston worked at the Arizona State Senate as Director of Research Staff and lead staff for the Appropriations and Commerce Committees. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Arizona State University.


1 Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011. 5, Transforming Leadership. Available from:



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Interesting in being a Partner or Venue Host for this or a future program?
Contact Marie in the AzONL Office at (480) 491-5627.

Registration Fees

Includes lunch and meeting materials.

  • $35 AzONL Members/Guests*
    *Guests must be individuals with a current RN license and be registered at the same time as the Member.
  • $50 Nonmembers
    Not a Member? Join Today Online! or select NonMember for the Attendee Type and add the Forum Registration ($50) and then add "Membership (1-Year)" before completing your registration to take advantage of the member pricing for this event (Total amount due will be $135).

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