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Heather LaPoint, PhD, RN, CNE, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Heather began nursing education in the critical care arena, serving as unit mentor and preceptor in multiple adult intensive care units and in the electronic intensive care unit setting. A passion for educating patients, families and colleagues transitioned to a movement to advanced practice nursing as a collegiate educator. Heather began her career in academia working with first-year and senior nursing students in their didactic and clinical courses of an ADN program in Florida. When family needs brought her home to the North Country, Heather happily joined the SUNY Plattsburgh nursing department faculty where she teaches across the traditional and RN–B.S. in nursing curricula.

In addition to her faculty role, Heather completed her Ph.D. in Nursing with a concentration in education at Walden University. Her research interests lie in the lived experience of nursing students and faculty while also examining educational outcomes to effect change in nursing education. Additionally, Heather is interested in exploring the use of various technology tools to improve outcomes in nursing education.

Academic Philosophy

Engaged learning is embraced by Heather, who subscribes to a social constructivist theory in nursing education. Learners are challenged to be interactive leaders in their education, thus instilling a foundation of life-long learning habits. Heather challenges learners in the classroom to seek knowledge, while providing a supportive environment for them to succeed. Learning through doing in a collaborative community increases the critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment of students. The collaborative community supports Heather’s “why” in nursing education, which is to inspire scholars to have a conscious presence as change agents in their community and profession.

  • Education & Certifications
    • Ph.D., Walden University
    • M.S.N. Ed., University of Central Florida
    • B.S.N., University of Central Florida
    • A.A. in Liberal Arts, Brevard Community College
    • A.A.S. in Nursing, Clinton Community College


    • CCRN-K; Critical Care Registered Nurse, Adult, Knowledge-based
    • CNE; Certified Nurse Educator


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