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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Call for State Boards of Nursing Practice

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The time is now...the call for the creation of state boards of nursing practice. Traditional state boards of nursing fail to provide effective or necessary oversight of nurses practices because the role of these boards is to protect the public from harm and not to oversee the actual practice of nurses.  State boards of nursing are comprised of more than just nurses, most boards are staffed with non-nurses appointed by the Governors of individual states. These individuals do not have the specialized training, experience, or education to oversee the actual practice of nurses, yet they are the very individuals who are making decisions about nurses' practices.  It is mere hypocracy for licensed professionals not to have a practice board made up of only nurses who have the knowledge and experience to judge the practice of another nurse as a prudent nurse peer.  The very practice act and scope of practice which govern nurses' practices includes the requirement for nurses to exercise prudent and professional nursing judgment to ensure the nursing standards are met at all times. Each nurse must practice within the level of his/her education preparation, experience, knowledge, and physical and emotional ability to provide safe and effective care, but they need a reliable board who can guide and support the practice of nurses as experts and experienced nursing professionals.  It is time to restructure the profession of nursing to include state boards of nursing practice.  These boards must operate separately, yet in collaboration with the current boards of nursing to protect nurses and patients.  We can no longer accept the status quo which is destroying the lives and professions of nurses. 

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