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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COVID-19 Necessitates Changes to Nursing Education

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Betty Nelson discusses how the pandemic has changed nursing education, what changes may come, and how nursing educators are looking forward.


Nursing education curriculum and clinical experiences need to adapt to remote and virtual platforms.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure nurses are trained to handle and anticipate changes to environmental health quickl

The intensity and volume of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced nurse educators to reexamine how to educate nurses and stay on track for completion. As a result, nurse leaders have stepped up to ensure learning educational milestones are met while maintaining patients' health and safety.

"This is a real opportunity. We have to make sure that we continue to demonstrate the intelligent and effective leadership capabilities of nurses as leaders in healthcare and being seen as a credible authority for decisions and actions," says Betty Nelson, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Capella University in Minneapolis. "Nurse leaders in this country are exceptionally talented, prepared, and skillful but are not always brought to the table. This crisis has brought more nursing leaders to the table; staying at the table is essential for continuing effectiveness, not just a response to the pandemic."

In a recent interview with HealthLeaders, Nelson discusses how nurse leaders have adapted education in response to the pandemic, how it may continue to change, and why nurse leaders need to stay proactive.

The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.  CONTINUE READING



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