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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Retired doctors, nurses to help fight COVID-19 in Pa.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the world continues on in the fight against an invisible enemy, the Pennsylvania Department of State said Wednesday that it is looking to bring back retired healthcare workers to fight COVID-19.

The announcement applies to medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine, registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse practitioners and pharmacists.

"Certainly, there are retired physicians, nurses, caregivers that have a tremendous amount of experience and skills," said Dr. Peter Dillon, executive vice president of Penn State Health, which owns and operates St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township.

Dillon said Penn State Health has been an advocate for this measure, and it's already seeing interest.

"We're starting to get some phone calls from physicians that I'm familiar with who've called and said they would like to volunteer to come back," said Dillon.

Of course, there's the concern that many of the retired health care workers are in the high-risk category. Many are over the age of 70 and have since developed new health problems. Dillon said anyone who steps forward should think long and hard about the decision to come back.

"This in no way is a demand or a draft," said Dillon. "It's one where those who are calling us saying they want to volunteer to come back, we'll say, 'Great, let's talk about it.'"

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