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Heather LaPoint, RN, MSN Ed., CNE, CCRN-e


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 freshman 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-BSN curricula.

In addition to her faculty role, Heather is pursuing her Ph.D. in Nursing with a concentration in education at Walden University. Her research interests lie in the lived experience of the nursing student 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 clinical reasoning and critical thinking of students. Heather’s “why” in nursing education is to inspire scholars to have a conscious presence as change agents in their community and profession.

Education

  • 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

Specialties

  • Critical Care
  • Telehealth
  • Nursing Education

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Delta
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
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