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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Nurse staffing ratios: What is the 2018 Massachusetts ballot question all about?

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Nurse staffing ratios: What is the 2018 Massachusetts ballot question all about?

A proposed 2018 ballot question would mandate nurse staffing ratios in hospitals. The ballot question has pit health care workers against health care workers, with competing claims about patient safety.

Here's a look at what the issue is all about.

What would the ballot question do?

The ballot question would mandate staffing ratios for nurses, with the ratio depending on the unit. For example, emergency room nurses would be allowed to care for between one and five patients, depending on the patients' condition. One nurse would be allowed to care for up to four pediatric patients or five psychiatric patients.

Hospitals would be prohibited from laying off staff to comply with the policy change.

Who is asking for the change?

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has been advocating for the ballot question. It created a ballot campaign committee, the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care, and put $1 million into that committee, as of the end of 2017.

Who opposes the change?

As of December 2017, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association had put $11,500 into a ballot committee opposing the change, the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety. The coalition has support from other hospital groups, as well as from the Organization of Nurse Leaders, which represents nurses now working in management, and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Nurses Association.

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