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Timothy W. Thomas has worked as a registered nurse for 18 years, and started his career in the U.S. Army at the original Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). At WRAMC, he wrote a policy on pressure ulcer prevention and treatment that was later utilized as the framework for a hospital-wide policy. After a short tour in Iraq, he did an inter-service transfer from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). In the USPHS, he has been detailed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and has moved up from a clinical nurse, to the Improving Organization Performance/Infectious Disease Coordinator (IOP/IDC), to his current position as Regional Nurse Consultant/Medical Asset Support Team RN for the Southeast Region. In this position, he has led a team of nurses to develop evidence-based nursing protocols for urgent/emergent situations and for nonemergent, routine care (sick call).
He has also co-led the development of the Nursing Services Program Statement for the BOP. In December 2014, he was awarded a full scholarship through the American Nurses Association (ANA) to complete his Masters in Nursing in Leadership and Administration at Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, which he completed in March 2017. He has worked with the ANA on researching Barriers to RN Scope of practice, and is currently working with the ANA to revise the Correctional Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice manual.