paulPaul Tankersley, 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 finalizing the MSN Healthcare Policy program at Chamberlain University while concurrently completing the MSN-FNP program. 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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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - As doctors and nurses continue to be on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, KFOR has received emails from several viewers accusing hospitals of refusing to let healthcare workers wear masks while dealing with patients.  

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NAA Connecticut is our newest organization.  The organization kicked off their first committee meeting on June 29th led by Sharon Gauthier.  Committee members discussed the history and mission of NAA then moved into discussions about the need to become active and visible at the State Board of Nursing meetings.  The members were encouraged to attend the board meetings as a mechanism of understanding what is happening to nurses and their rights to due process.  Networking is cornerstone to the work of the organization, nurses must encourage other nurses to join NAA and to work collaboratively to correct problems in the profession.  In addition, making contact with other key stakeholders who can join forces with NAA is critical to effect change that is needed.  NAA is very excited to have our new organization and look forward to working together as a team.  We encourage nurses in other states to join NAA and to start an organization in their state.  Please contact Janet Henriksen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.today to learn how to become an active member.

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Repeal of Reporting "Minor Incidents" Proposed by Texas Board of Nursing

 The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has proposed the repeal and replacement of the reporting requirements for minor incidents. The Nursing Practice Act defines a "minor incident" as "conduct by a nurse that does not indicate that the nurse's continued practice poses a risk of harm to a patient or another person. This term is synonymous with 'minor error' or 'minor violation of this chapter or board rule.'" §301.401(2).

The Board "believes protection of the public is not enhanced by the reporting of every minor incident that may be a violation of the Texas Nursing Practice Act or a board rule." 22 Tex. Admin. Code §217.16(a). When there are mechanisms in place to identify nursing errors and take corrective action to remediate deficits in a nurses training or skill, then reporting to the BON is not necessary.

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