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KNOXVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has appointed University of Tennessee nurse anesthetist John C. Preston to the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Preston is one of four individuals appointed to the board. He serves as the director of UT-s master-s program in nurse anesthesia.

As a member of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, Preston will participate in setting state standards of acceptable practices in nursing and impose penalties when those standards are not met. The board is also responsible for the interpretation of license and registration requirements for schools and individual nurses.

-It is an honor for the University of Tennessee to have an experienced nurse anesthetist such as Dr. Preston appointed by Governor Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Nursing,- said Dr. Joan Cresia, dean of the UT College of Nursing.

-As we continue our efforts to bring more nurses into the field and to educate our best nurses for advanced practice roles, it is essential for highly qualified individuals, such as John, to serve on statewide boards and to represent the interests of nurses throughout Tennessee,- said Cresia.

Preston was appointed to the board because of his strong leadership skills and his expertise in advanced practice nursing. His term on the board of nursing ends in 2009.

Contact: Beth Gladden (865-974-9008)
Joan Creasia (865-974-7583)