paulPaul Tankersley, MSN, BSN, RN, OCN

Paul Tankerlsey has been a nurse for 10+ years, and is employed as the Director of Infection Prevention and Control nurse in Houston medical center in an LTAC setting. Clinical experience includes Joint Commission facility survey leadership preparation, program and policy restructuring for medical/surgical, intensive care, renal and hepatic transplant, and infection prevention. Program physician liaison program to ensure patient, nurse, and physician communication focuses on care without time delays or errors.

Paul is currently finished his MSN Healthcare Policy program at Chamberlain University. Paul completed the RN to BSN bridge program at Galen College of Nursing San Antonio, currently serving as a public spokesperson. Paul is on the advisory board for program curriculum for CHCP (College for Health Care Professionals), a partner with NAA. Paul has created multiple partnerships between higher learning organizations, healthcare corporations, and healthcare advocacy groups to decrease education costs and build strong advocacy partnerships.

The past year of my life has been crazy. This past year has proven to be a real challenge. As a full time nurse and nursing student, I have an over-whelming number of assignments, duties, and tasks to keep up with on a daily basis. Add in 12 hour clinicals 3 days a week, there is very little downtime in my life. Just a ton on my plate until school is finished but I wouldn’t trade my life for anything less.

Infection prevention and control has changed my life, and I love being a nurse. It is the most rewarding career. There are so many opportunities for nurses whether it is at the bedside, in the clinic, on the unit, in the classroom, or leading. Going to school has been a real blessing in my life. I enjoy working with other students as a team to complete our education which is one of the exciting things about going to school. I am anxious to finish my current degree program and to get started in my next adventure as an advance practice nurse.

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Janet Henriksen
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The Texas Board of Nursing continues to use tactics which arguably violate and abuse the due process protections guaranteed Texas nurses under the Federal and Texas State Constitutions. The Board’s tactics can put your employment and reputation in jeopardy without any opportunity to defend yourself.

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In part 1 of Climbing out of the Bully Pit, I discussed the bulling behaviours of nurses and their effects on the individual through the lens of my own experiences.
In part 2, I offer some suggestions on what I consider important strategies to help you climb out of the pit.

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How do we get nurses actively involved?  Waiting until something devastating happens to your license, you get a notice of potential board actions, or you get fired from your job for retaliatory reasons is not the time to wake up and realize that many situations could have been avoided if you knew what to do to prevent these things from happening in the first place.  Nurses owe it to themselves to get involved.  Assuming that you are the safe practioner, no one would ever do something like that do you, or that you are somehow safe from it all is insane.  9 times out 10, nurses who are facing board actions would tell you that they thought the same thing.  Just read the story posted by RoseMary.  This should be a wake up call for nurses everywhere.  Help NAA fight back, get involved now!

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I have written about the impact of bullying behaviours on our profession before.
And I have asked the question: is it really as bad as this?

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The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses

The country has experienced nursing shortages for decades, but an aging population means the problem is about to get much worse.

Five years ago, my mother was rushed to the hospital for an aneurysm. For the next two weeks, my family and I sat huddled around her bed in the intensive-care unit, oscillating between panic, fear, uncertainty, and exhaustion.

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  NURSES’ RIGHTS: My Story, My FightFlorence Nightengale 2

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Weber, Emily MS, RN, CPN, NEA-BC; Ward, Jacqueline MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Walsh, Terese
 
Does pondering whether you have a leadership pipeline for the future keep you up at night? Further, as you consider the future of healthcare, are you certain that your current leadership team is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate the turbulent tides of healthcare reform? At Texas Children's Hospital, we wanted to be armed and ready for the charge. Our journey leveraged a strategic partnership between the nursing and human resources departments. The aim was to transform the existing nurse leadership model to align with our strategic priorities, support the changing healthcare landscape, and position the organization to produce high-quality outcomes. We embarked on a large scale nursing restructure and utilized key competencies in the job creation and interview process, nursing leadership education curriculum, and ongoing performance assessments for the foundation of a robust talent strategy and development of a succession plan.
 
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      Daniel-Zwerdling  NPR, Special Series, Injured Nurses

      Updated February 25, 20155:09 PM ET

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Nurse-patient Ratio Law in MA Raises Cost, Quality Concerns

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , June 23, 2015
 
Data shows that mandated nurse-patient staffing ratios are good for nurses, but patient safety benefits have not been clearly demonstrated. In California, where a similar law has been in effect for 11 years, hospital operating expenses have risen.
 
Eleven years after passage in California, the country's first mandated nurse-patient ratio law has largely resolved the nurse burnout problem.
 
Still, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission voted unanimously this month to approve the state's first nurse staffing mandate. It calls for no more than two patients to be assigned to a single nurse in all ICUs, including burn units and NICUs, and in some cases, just one patient per nurse.
 
To determine proper staffing levels, hospitals must use an acuity tool to, according to the final rule. A nurse manager will intervene if there's a disagreement between an RN and the tool. Also, hospitals must report on four ICU quality measures:
  
Central line-associated blood stream infection
Catheter-associated urinary tract infection
Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, and
Patient falls with injury
 
Although there are no monetary or other specific penalties in the law, Patricia M. Noga, PhD, RN, vice president of clinical affairs for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, says the law will have a financial impact.
 
"There will be costs associated with implementing the law, such as developing acuity tools," she said, responding to questions by email. "We'll be monitoring the implementation of the regulations to assess the cost over time."
 
Massachusetts joins California as the only other state in the nation to have adopted a mandated nurse-patient ratio. However, California's law goes far beyond ICUs, mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios at all times on a unit. And 11 years after its passage, it remains to be seen whether it's a model or a cautionary tale.
 
"I think it's a bit of both," says Patrick S. Romano, MD,professor of medicine and pediatrics and senior faculty in the Graduate Groups in Epidemiology, Public Health, Clinical Research, and Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership at the University of California Davis.
 
"I think it's a cautionary tale in that it was certainly expensive, and the benefit in terms of patient safety has not been clearly demonstrated, and the process has certainly been contentious," he says. "But on the other hand it is a model, perhaps, because it has largely resolved the [nurse] burnout problem."
 
Romano was one of the co-investigators who did work for the state of California in the early 2000s to estimate the impact of different ratio proposals.
 
Because of the California law, hiring increases happened almost across the board. Although a few hospital leaders said staffing was already at or above mandate levels, most "reported that they needed to hire more RNs to meet the requirements, particularly to cover meals and breaks," according to a California HealthCare Foundation study.
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Let's talk about what's on your mind today! 

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    I don’t know who agreed to give the Board of Nursing (BON) the authority to use their own tribunal to prosecute bedside nurses. I
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    I truly hope that nurses are taking the time and making the effort to learn how to protect themselves from actions by the state BO
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Filtering through the piles of stories shared by nurses on social media, it is not difficult to conclude that there is something unsettling about the culture of the nursing profession. Drawn to the concept of caring, many nurses will describe for you a passion for service; caring for the sick, injured, and underserved. When asked, many nurses share their desires to work as healthcare professionals in hopes of comforting those who suffer, administering life-saving services, helping others, and changing lives.

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Nurse advocacy is an ethic of practice in which nurses support other nurses to promote the wellbeing of both individuals. To uphold the practice standards and scope of practice which govern nurses' licenses, nurses need the freedom and autonomy to practice as healthcare professionals. Nurses should not be placed in positions that restrict their ability to practice according to licensing standards and their professional oath because of fear of retribution.

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