Megan Heather Megan Heather, R.N., M.S.N. began her nursing career at UC Davis Medical Center in 2005 as a new graduate on the Orthopedic/Trauma Unit, Davis 14. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Sonoma State University, and a Master’s Degree in Nursing with an emphasis on education from Gonzaga University. Megan completed her Master’s preceptorship at the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing where she performed extensive research on ‘Teach Back’ as an evidence-based patient education methodology. During her preceptorship, she created a model for use of ‘Teach-Back’ communication at UC Davis Medical Center.

Megan’s clinical expertise includes orthopedics, trauma, and critical care. Her most recent clinical experience was in the Critical Care Float Pool where she has enjoyed teamwork and collaboration with nurse colleagues throughout the medical center. She also brings five years of outpatient nursing knowledge and experience working at Kaiser Permanente’s Adult Medicine Clinic.

Megan’s teaching experiences include unit preceptor, clinical resource nurse, skills days for Emergency Department residents, nursing orientation, skills teaching for the Nurse Residency Program, and the Emergency Department’s sedation class. Megan is currently the program director of the Center for Patient and Family Engagement. She has a passion for education and strives to contribute to the nursing profession by empowering nurses to be leaders in providing authentic patient and family centered care.

E-mail: mheather@ucdavis.edu