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iiiThomasW.BarkleyJr.PhDACNP-BCFAANPisPresidentofBarkleyAssociatesInc.dedicatedtoprovidingthenationsbestnursepractitionercertifcationreviewclinicalupdateandcontinuingeducationcourses.HeisalsoaProfessorofNursingandDirectorofNursePractitionerProgramsatCaliforniaStateUniversityLosAngeles.Sincethemid-1990sDr.Barkleyhasbeenactivelyteachingdevelopingandimplementingnursepractitionercontinuingeducationofferingsbothnationallyandinternationally.Dr.BarkleysclinicalbackgroundandpracticeareincriticalandacutecarenursingwhereheholdsnationalcertifcationasanacutecarenursepractitionerfromtheAmericanNursesCredentialingCenter.HereceivedaBachelorofSciencedegreeinNursingfromtheUniversityofAlabamaamastersdegreeinCriticalCareNursingfromtheUniversityofVirginiaandholdsaDoctorofPhilosophydegreeinNursingwithaspecialtyinnursingeducationandnursingeducationadministrationfromtheUniversityofAlabamaatBirmingham.InadditiontohisclassroomandpracticeresponsibilitiesDr.BarkleyistheprimaryeditoroftheAmericanJournalofNursingBook-of-the-Yearaward-winningtextPracticeGuidelinesforAcuteCareNursePractitionersandPracticeConsiderationsfortheAdult-GerontologicalAcuteCareNursePractitioner.HehasalsopublishednumerousrefereedarticlesrelatedtoacutecarenursingpracticenursingeducationandmulticulturalHIVAIDSprevention.ABOUTTHEEDITOR