Sharon Vanairsdale, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN, FAEN, FAAN is an Associate Professor, clinical track, and the Program Director for the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA, the Health and Human Services designated Region 4 Ebola and Other Special Pathogen Treatment Center. As the Program Director, she manages unit readiness and hospital preparedness for patients with special pathogens and has been involved with the preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic at Emory Healthcare. Dr. Vanairsdale is also the Director of Education and Resources for the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), a training program funded by HHS to prepare healthcare workers to safely and effectively manage patients with special pathogens. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Vanairsdale has helped lead NETEC to develop and deploy education and resources related to COVID-19. She has collaborated with federal partners at CDC and ASPR to disseminate best practices related to patient care, conservation strategies for personal protective equipment, infection prevention and control measures, among others. Dr. Vanairsdale serves as Chair of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Expert Panel for the American Academy of Nursing and is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association Position Statement Committee. She is also a fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nurses and the American Academy of Nursing. In 2016, Dr. Vanairsdale was awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice and the Georgia Chapter March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Nursing Administration.