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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WHO extends the Year of the Nurse and Midwife into 2021

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The year of the nurse and midwife “but not in the way we expected.”

The Year of the Nurse and Midwife is to be extended into 2021 because of the pandemic, it has been announced.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had dedicated 2020, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, to celebrate the achievements nurses and midwives across the globe.

NHS England canceled the vast majority of planned celebratory events.

In a speech at WHO Europe on Monday Dr. Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe, recognised that for nurses and midwives that it has been a difficult year.

He continued; “I salute here the nurses and the midwives. It is your year. But you have been so busy that in the WHO European Region I decided to extend the year into 2021.”

“We will push back COVID-19 and I promise, we will celebrate you”.

Nursing leaders have said they are pleased with the news.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, pointed out that 2020 had been the year of the nurse and midwife “but not in the way we expected.”

“Let’s hope we have the opportunity to celebrate together the brilliant work of our nursing and midwifery professionals,” she added.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said she was “thrilled” at the news and said it was important “to pay thanks and respect to nursing and midwifery professions which have led from the front this year”.

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