Nurses encouraged to pre-register for Virtual Town Hall set for December 7

112916nursingtownhallflyer350The countdown clock is ticking! In less than one week, Texas Children’s Nursing will host its second virtual town hall on Wednesday, December 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion for Women Conference Center.

Nursing has partnered with the Corporate Communication team to organize this event to engage our team of more than 3,000 dedicated nurses that make up Texas Children’s largest employee population.

During the first virtual town hall in June, approximately 600+ nurses participated via live attendance, group viewing of the livestream or watching the livestream via their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Building on the tremendous success and impressive turnout of the first town hall, the goal this time around is to increase nursing participation significantly through a series of strategic marketing efforts.

“To help our nurses register early for the town hall, we created an electronic flyer with a registration link that was disseminated to nursing leadership via Nursing Congress and which is now available on our Voice of Nursing website,” said Jody Childs, senior project manager and co-organizer of the town hall event. “We helped nurses register as they arrived to their council meetings on Shared Governance Day which resulted in 65 nurses being registered for the town hall, all of whom received registration stickers to remind their peers to sign up as well.”

As a result of feedback from our first town hall, seating capacity has been expanded at the Pavilion for Women Conference Center and nurses are encouraged to attend the face-to-face town hall. For nurses who cannot attend the live event, there will be several gathering locations to view the live stream:

  • Clinical Care Center (for Ambulatory Services) – D.0900.30, ninth floor
  • West Campus – WC.150.10 (first floor)
  • The Woodlands Outpatient Facility (board room, fourth floor)
  • Health Centers – Sugar Land, Cy-Fair, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Clear Lake)
  • The Center for Children and Women (Greenspoint and Southwest)
  • Forming your own huddles? Please submit sign-in sheet to

As always, patient care is our first priority and we know that not all nurses will be able to attend the live event or live-stream. However, those nurses will still be able to participate by viewing the event on-demand at their convenience.

Hosted by Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jo André, the town hall will include a discussion of FY16 nursing accomplishments, FY17 nursing priorities and system updates. Two videos will be presented – a sneak peek of Texas Children’s The Woodlands Hospital which will open spring of 2017 and a time lapse video spotlighting the progress on the pediatric tower which will open in August 2018. Also, the town hall will include extra Q & A time for nurses to submit their questions. Nurses watching the livestream remotely will be able to participate in this session thanks to our use of virtual technology.

“By leveraging new technology at our first town hall, we were able to engage more nurses in a town hall than we ever had before,” André said. “As our team continues to grow, it will be increasingly important for us to see opportunities to make communication easier and more effective. I encourage our nurses to pre-register so they can attend my town hall on December 7.”

Click here to pre-register for the Nursing Town Hall.