Sharon J. Tanner, EdD, RN
Chief Executive Officer
J. Tanner. EdD, RN
has been NLNACís Executive Director since 2006. As Executive Director, Dr.
Tanner serves as NLNACís chief executive officer overseeing all aspects of the
Commission. In partnership with the Board of Commissioners, Dr. Tanner oversees
the work of the volunteers and staff; is accountable for the financial stability
of the organization; represents NLNAC in the professional accreditation,
education, and nursing communities; and strategically leads the organization to
ensure that it meets the needs of its constituents. Prior to being appointed
Executive Director by the Board of Commissioners, Dr. Tanner was a program
evaluator (1997-2006) and an elected member of the Board of Commissioners
Dr. Tanner has served as faculty, associate dean, and academic dean in diploma, associate, and baccalaureate nursing programs. She has been involved in nursing education and nursing service administration for over twenty years. She has been active in regional, state, and national organizations including serving on boards for a number of associations. In particular, she is a charter member for the Tennessee Center of Nursing, and she served as president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN).
Dr. Tanner holds a doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in Administration and Policy Studies in Higher Education with a concentration in assessment and evaluation. Her primary research focus has been related to accountability policies and practices in higher education. She also holds a masterís in nursing with concentrations in primary and secondary care in Maternal-Child Nursing and Womenís Health. In addition, she has practiced in a number of nursing service and administration roles including advanced practice as a clinical nurse specialist.