Meet the team behind
The Nursing Beat

Tamara AL-Yassin, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, PHN

Tamara AL-Yassin is the Chief Executive Officer of The Nursing Beat. She has been a nurse for eleven years, most recently with Stanford Healthcare in the Emergency Department. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Tamara also serves as the current President of the Emergency Nurses Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She has previously served as a keynote speaker, consultant and advocate within the healthcare space. She is passionate about engaging community, tackling workforce sustainability, and improving the overall wellness of the healthcare community. When she isn’t working to improve the healthcare ecosystem, you can find Tamara catching a flight to a far-off destination in search of a good view and good food.

Hannah W. Berns, MHCI, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN

Hannah is the Chief Operating Officer of The Nursing Beat, overseeing all the logistical magic to bring The Nursing Beat to life. Prior to joining The Nursing Beat, Hannah worked as a nurse throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over ten years, most recently for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She also served as adjunct faculty for the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. Hannah is on the board of directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Emergency Nurses Association. She holds a master’s degree in Health Care Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a bachelor’s in nursing from Seattle University College of Nursing. In her spare time, you can find her running or biking the streets of San Francisco.

Mriganka Chawla

Mriganka Chawla

Vice President of Community

Mriganka graduated from Penn State with a Digital Journalism degree and a minor in Gender Studies but her writing career began before she even started college. At 17, she went viral for an article she wrote on Thought Catalog reaching millions and soon she started sharing her dating life on Thought Catalog, and documenting her self-love journey on Berlin Artparasite. She interned at the United Nations and that's where she found her one true love--social media. She was the managing editor for Talent Recap and the in-house trend spotter. Currently, she is the VP of Community at The Nursing Beat and is an independent influencer on the side working with brands like Drunk Elephant, Quest Nutrition, Dior, and Versed.

Kelly McClure, MLS, BSN, RN

Kelly has been a registered nurse since 2010. Her career has spanned from post-operative bedside care to defense medical malpractice legal nurse consulting. In 2021, Kelly graduated with the equivalent of a Summa Cum Laude diploma from The University of Oklahoma School of Law where she earned a Master’s degree in Legal Studies with a focus in American healthcare law. Outside of nursing, Kelly is a diehard baseball and hockey fan, crochet designer, and coffee enthusiast. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband Matt.

Joseph Bennington-Castro

Joey is a science writer based in Hawaiʻi. He has written more than 1,000 articles for the general public on a wide range of topics, including health, astronomy, archaeology, renewable energy, biomaterials, conservation, history, animal behavior, artificial intelligence, and many others. Joey has written for numerous publications such as Scientific American, National Geographic online, USA Today, the Materials Research Society, Wired UK, Men's Journal, Live Science, Space.com, NBC News Mach, NOAA Fisheries, io9.com, and Discover. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and an M.A. in Journalism with an Advanced Certificate in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting from New York University.

Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle is a freelance science and health journalist whose work appears in National Geographic, the New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, Medscape and elsewhere. She is a regular featured contributor at Medium, the medical studies topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists, and co-author of Vaccination Investigation, The Informed Parent, and various children’s science books.

Suzanna Bator

Suzanna Bator

Partnerships Coordinator & Content Contributor

Suzanna Bator is the Partnerships Coordinator and Content Writer for The Nursing Beat. She is a recent graduate of Kenyon College with a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Anthropology. Suzanna has been working in a lab since she was 19, starting as a research scientist in polymer chemistry and later moving into the clinical laboratory field at two major hospital systems in Northeast Ohio. She joins the Nursing Beat team after discovering a passion for connecting with healthcare professionals during the height of the pandemic. Outside of work, Suzanna is a passionate fencer, Sudoku player, and self-proclaimed cooking expert.

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