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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McLaren Flint nurses speak out against working conditions during pandemic

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/15/20) - Members of the McLaren Flint Registered Nurses Union are publicly speaking out about hospital working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the hospital has responded to their claims.

It is an emotionally charged time for the health care workers who are dealing with two deaths of co-workers just days apart.

In a statement to ABC12 News, union president Kelly Indish calls out the hospital by highlighting excerpts from a series of emails.

“3/26/20 our nurses received an email that states ‘continue to use N-95 respirator for 7 calendar days. Replace the respirator only if its visibly soiled,’” Indish said.

Progressive care nurse Justin Arnold told ABC12 he purchased his own mask and isolation gowns.

"You have days where it's on your face for 12 hours at a time,” Arnold said.

Although he appreciates the scrubs provided by the hospital, he says he wishes disposable PPE wasn’t such an issue.

"We're very thankful for hospital issued scrubs right now but it would be so nice to throwaway the disposable PPE after each use. It would just be so nice to make sure you're not worried about your mask falling apart and trying to track down the coordinator to get a new one,” Arnold said.

The PPE concerns extend to isolation gowns as well.

“4/13/20 our nurses received an email that states ‘While McLaren is fortunate to receive a steady supply of gowns the supply is not adequate to change gowns after every patient encounter.’ This email also goes on to say ‘Wear the gown and keep it on while moving between rooms of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients.’ The local has contacted a supplier for further gowns although we were informed that McLaren Hospital had an adequate supply and was not interested in purchasing,” Indish said.

In a statement to ABC12, McLaren explained what changes it’s implemented and how what guidelines it’s followed concerning PPE.

“Since the {CDC} guidelines changed rapidly during the onset of COVID-19, we created a 24/7 PPE Manager whose sole responsibility is to ensure our team members have the proper PPE and are adhering to the latest state and federal safety guidelines,” the statement reads.

The nurses claims don’t stop with concerns over PPE. They say they’re “bleeding for critical care nurses to care for your loved ones” and point to the need for more training. Arnold said he knows what it’s like to have to fill the role of an ICU nurse.

"I had an instance where I had an ICU level patient who had orders for ICU bed but we didn't have the space, so I took care of that patient for multiple days in a row,” Arnold said. "We're busy. We're overrun. We're short staffed at the moment in these areas, you know, the COVID care. We’re burning the candle at both ends it feels like."

McLaren, however, talks about the additions there to assist doctors and nurses with COVID-19 patients.

“We have added additional physicians – pulmonologist, hospitalists, and others – on the units caring for coronavirus patients to supplement the traditional care team,” according to the statement.

Indish also points out that reimbursement for mileage of home care nurses has been decreased while other area hospitals are providing added incentives.

You can read both statements here:



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