Tanja Salary is a nurse supervisor in the school health program at Cabarrus Health Alliance. Her contributions to the field of nursing involve a sixteen-year career with specialties in surgical services, coronary care, medical surgical, school health, and nursing education. She has served as nurse facilitator and instructor at local community colleges and on-line programs. Currently, Nurse Salary leads a team of nurses who provide comprehensive health care services, education, and advocacy to students who have been adjudicated and committed to residency at a state youth development center.
During her tenure at the juvenile justice facility, she explores and implements school nurse practices that promote empowerment and knowledge in the health of the adolescent juvenile. Her goal is to use her school nursing expertise and education in assisting with the national agenda and national policy to shift the juvenile justice process from a punitive reform to one that includes a focus on physical/behavioral health and family engagement.
In her second year of the doctoral program at Northcentral University, Nurse Salary is currently in pursuit of an Ed.D in nursing education to employ the tools of research and scholarship in school health. Continuing with a primary focus in the health and well-being of adolescents in the juvenile justice system, her research emphasizes opportunities that support access to community health programs and successful reintegration into local communities.
She is greatly supported via prayer and motivation by her husband and high-school sweetheart for last twenty years. Together they have two wonderful children. She loves using her talent in singing to minister to others. The motto she recites and lives by from her marching band days under the instruction of her mentor Charles A. Cooper is simply, “There are no shortcuts to success…”
Education & Credentials
In pursuit of Ed.D Nursing Education: Northcentral University, Prescott AZ
MSN/ Health Education: University of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ, 2011
BSN: Auburn University-Montgomery, 2001