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PSNA President Resigns to Run for State Legislature

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the professional nursing association representing Pennsylvania’s more than 228,000 registered nurses, is officially announcing the resignation of PSNA President Tarik Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC. Tarik has resigned his position to run for an elected office, representing Pennsylvania’s 194th district in the state legislature.

“Tarik Khan is a motivated and inspirational nurse and patient advocate. For 13 years, Tarik has served PSNA in various leadership positions, including Chair of the Government Relations Committee and Board Vice President and President,” stated PSNA CEO Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN.

“Under his leadership, PSNA has seen continued growth in membership, movement on legislative initiatives for safe staffing standards, and actionable commitments on racial justice within the profession. Most recently, Tarik has worked alongside other PSNA leaders and nurses on the Nurse Licensure Compact and mental health support for nurses and frontline healthcare workers.”

“During the pandemic, Tarik tirelessly fought for proper protection for healthcare workers, volunteered at COVID testing sites throughout Philadelphia, and delivered and administered leftover doses of the vaccine to homebound residents. While Tarik will be missed at PSNA, his demonstrated commitment to patient care, social justice, and serving under-represented populations will bring change at the state level. PSNA is confident that Tarik will represent our Commonwealth with courage, integrity, and evidence-based healthcare knowledge.”

Tarik Khan issued the following statement:

“It has been an honor to serve our states’ brave nurses as PSNA President, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. I look forward to continuing to amplify nurses’ voices and working to transform our broken government to improve the lives of the nurses and patients we serve.”

PSNA’s Vice President of the Board of Directors, Deb Cardenas, DNP, MSN, RN, Paralegal, LSSYB, has been chosen to assume duties and role of the President through the end of the term in mid-2022.

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