Assistant Professor of NursingJoined USJ: 2018
From Clinical Practice to Research
A registered nurse with expertise in maternal/child nursing and mental health nursing, Heather L. Evans, Ph.D., RNC-MNN, CLC, previously served as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, and Norwich University. She is active in health policy and has testified before the Judiciary Committee in support of vulnerable populations in our state. While she remains active in clinical practice, teaching and research are important aspects of her career. Her research focuses on vulnerability and life transition. Dr. Evans has conducted research pertaining to postpartum depression, depression in menopause, empathy, pain in breastfeeding, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Because she recognizes that our current health care setting is complex, she enjoys the opportunity to participate in collaborative research with other disciplines.
Striving for Understanding
Dr. Evans served as an Arabic linguist in the United States Army, and currently uses her translation skills to volunteer for a non-profit organization aimed at resettling refugee families into local communities. Additionally, she has served as director of International Programs for a large school of nursing, where she organized and coordinated nursing faculty and students with in-depth, hands-on clinical work in Puerto Rico, South Africa, China, Ireland, and Belgium. She continues to explore ways in which diversity can be incorporated into nursing practice and education.
Improving the Future
With the current state of health care, both nationally and globally, Dr. Evans looks forward to continuing to identify, describe, and address issues related to vulnerable populations. “We currently live in a world where health disparity is the norm,” she said. “Some people have access to outstanding health care while others have little to no access to care. Whether we are looking globally or within the United States, nurses are uniquely suited to address health care disparity so that all people have the opportunity to thrive.” Dr. Evans remains committed to seeking creative ways to support vulnerable populations and people in times of transition.
Ph.D., University of Arizona
BSN., Nursing, University of Arizona
Certificate, Arabic/Middle Easter Studies, Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center
A.S., Commercial Art, Orlando College