Affiliate faculty Pam Heaberlin trains the next generation of exceptional neonatal nurses

There was never any question about what Pam Heaberlin would do with her life. As far back as she can remember, she wanted to be a nurse. Now, as an affiliate faculty member in Regis’ Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, she gets to share that passion with the next generation of nurses.

Like many faculty members in Regis’ Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Heaberlin works full time in the field in addition to teaching. She is a neonatal nurse practitioner for Children’s Hospital Colorado working at Poudre Valley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Fort Collins, Colo., where on top of her regular duties, she acts as a clinical preceptor for aspiring Regis nurse practitioners, training them in clinical practice. She also teaches a pathophysiology course at Regis each summer.

Heaberlin believes that Regis’ program is unique in that it encourages nurses to be well-rounded. “Jesuit education means putting all the pieces together,” she said. “It’s about more than what you do; it’s about who you are and how you develop as a whole person rather than just completing specific tasks.”

This type of training pays off in the clinical setting, where Regis nurse practitioners balance compassion and competence in the service of others. Heaberlin is honored to be able to work with students who aspire to do more and be more in their profession. She is, in fact, one of those nurses herself, as evidenced by her recent recognition as the National Association of Neonatal Nurses’ 2013 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Excellence in Practice Award winner.

Pam Heaberlin will continue to strive for excellence in nursing. And she will ask the same of her students. After all, the world is counting on them.

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