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Tara N. Heagele, PhD, RN, PCCN, EMT


Assistant Professor


Telephone: 212-396-7206

Office: Brookdale Campus, W427


Dr. Tara Heagele’s daily goal is to make sure her students, colleagues, patients, and communities feel nurtured, respected, valued, and worthy. Dr. Heagele believes in providing and teaching the most current evidence-based care. She takes pride in being a life-long learner and consumer of nursing research. She has clinical nursing experience in telemetry, emergency department, critical care transport, and post-anesthesia care unit nursing. Her teaching experience includes pre- and post-licensure nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare audiences. She believes in utilizing service learning projects, web 2.0 technologies, and simulation in addition to traditional teaching methods to keep learners interested and engaged, both inside and outside the classroom setting.

Dr. Heagele serves in leadership roles in her professional nursing associations. She enjoys monitoring healthcare trends, writing letters and making phone calls to legislators, and being an advocate for nursing immensely. Dr. Heagele started her program of research by exploring household emergency preparedness of elderly and medically frail community members qualitatively with the hope of better understanding the reasons why people do or do not prepare for disaster in order to inform policy. She is especially interested in the role that nurses have in mobilizing the community to prepare for and recover from disasters. She hopes that her disaster nursing research will ultimately save lives and promote disaster-related community resilience.



PhD, Nursing, Rutgers University - Newark, 2018

MSN, Nursing Education, Monmouth University, 2012

BSN, Nursing, The College of New Jersey, 2005


Honors and Awards

MSN Leadership Award, Monmouth University, 2012

Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Delta Chapter, Monmouth University, 2009

Regina Sanchez Porter Award: Excellence in Community Health Nursing, The College of New Jersey, 2005


Grants and Publications