Heather Hart, Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, comes on to talk about her journey through Nursing and Nurse Practitioner school, what her education from Nursing and Nurse Practitioner entailed, the similarities and differences between these 2 programs,  some of the troubling issues currently facing nursing education, where she sees the future of nursing/ nurse practitioner education moving towards, her take on “work/life balance”, characteristics of successful nursing educators, and more!


Heather Hart received her BSN from Belmont University in 2009 and began her nursing career at Skyline Medical Center on the Cardiology Step-Down floor. There she advanced to a charge nurse position where she developed a love for critical care nursing. She accepted a position at the Vanderbilt Surgical ICU in 2012 where she also worked as a charge nurse and later took on the role of Clinical Staff Leader.  She has chaired several committees at Vanderbilt including the SICU Performance Improvement Committee, SICU Quality Subcommittee, and Nurse Champion Subcommittee for the Organ Donation Advisory Council at Vanderbilt. During her tenure in the SICU she was awarded the Rosamund Gabrielsson VUMC Staff Nurse of the Year in May 2016. Heather has lead various published projects including “Inter-professional Implementation of the CPOT in Surgical and Medical Intensive Care Units” for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. 

Heather recently completed the AGACNP Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and joined the Level 1 Trauma Center at Vanderbilt as a new member of the ICU team of Nurse Practitioners just this month.

Heather’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/heather.mcmurray.505 

Heather’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/heathermcmurray 

Heather’s Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/heatherannehart/